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This is the weekend and quite a number of people will definitely go swimming and no doubt, it is one of the best and most fun forms of physical exercise. However, the apprehension that comes with stepping into a chlorine-treated pool and exposing your skin to chemicals and irritants is unavoidable. And so, there are measures you can take to prepare and protect your skin. Below are some of them:

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Use a waterproof sunscreen

Using a waterproof sunscreen is not just to avoid tanning. The lotion will also form a protective barrier on top of your skin, keeping the chlorine from drying it out excessively. It will also prevent sun damage and premature ageing if you are a regular swimmer. Simply apply the lotion about 15 minutes before you intend to swim.

Take a quick shower

A quick shower before a dip is, more often than not, mandatory at most public pools. This keeps the pool from getting too dirty and it will also help hydrate your skin cells, keeping them from absorbing the pool water, reinforcing your sun-block barrier.

Hydrate

One of the best ways to ensure that your skin does not get dehydrated is to keep sipping on some water while you swim. Make sure that you consume enough water throughout the day so that your skin is healthy and does not try to make up for lack of moisture by absorbing pool water.

Swim in an outdoor pool.

These allow gases from the chemicals in the water to escape into the air—leaving less to contaminate your hair and skin. These types of pools are also better for your eyes and lungs. If you need to swim indoors, look for well-ventilated pools.

Wash after your swim

Using a gentle shampoo, wash hair and skin after your swim to get rid of all those chemicals hanging around. Give your hair a good soak in the water—a quick wash can leave some chlorine in the follicles. Let the freshwater flow through it for five minutes or so.

Avoid dryers if you can

Use a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles after washing, and then pat dry. Avoid using blow dryers if you can as that will limit damage to hair.

Rinse with apple cider vinegar

You can also use apple cider vinegar as a clarifying rinse—it will help get all those chemicals out of your skin. The nice thing about this natural substance is that it not only helps get rid of chlorine, but other damaging things found in pools like copper, salt, and various impurities and contaminants.

By Damilola Faustino

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