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Sunscreen Isn't Enough: How to Protect Your Skin When Swimming in Pools


Sunscreen Isn't Enough: How to Protect Your Skin When Swimming in Pools


A few laps in the pool can do wonders for your health, but did you know it can dry out your skin?

When we think of skin protection, we usually think of sunscreen, but did you know that the chlorine used to disinfect pools can damage your skin? Over time, these symptoms of chlorine exposure—if left untreated—can lead to premature signs of aging. This is because chlorine easily absorbs into your skin and strips it of water, natural oils and sebum. But if you just can’t miss your favorite workout, follow our tips to protect your skin against the harmful effects of chlorine.

Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun SPF45

Before Diving In

Before taking a dip, consider the current state of your skin. If you're having a flare up of acne, eczema or excessive dryness, opt for a yoga class instead since chlorine can further irritate your skin. But if all is clear, be sure to apply a generous amount of sunscreen before you jump in (a nickel-sized amount for your face and a shot glass worth for the rest of your body). Although it offers no protection against chlorine, sunscreen is necessary to protect your skin from harmful UVA & UVB rays. We recommend the Missha All Around Safe Block Essence Sun for its high SPF & PA ratings, but remember to reapply every 2 hours to ensure that you’re getting enough protection.

COSRx Low pH Good Morning Cleanser

Cleanse It Off

It’s important to rinse thoroughly after you’re out of the pool. We like the COSRx Low pH Good Morning Cleanser because it’s designed to fall within your skin’s natural pH. This is important because chlorinated pool water has a much higher pH than your skin, which can lead to acne and dryness.

Mizon Black Snail Cream

Rehydrate & Retain Moisture

Since exposure to chlorine can lead to dry, flaky skin, we recommend a deeply hydrating and healing moisturizer. The Mizon Black Snail Cream is packed with 90% black snail secretion filtrate—the same substance snails use to heal themselves from UV damage. Abundant in known beauty enhancers like elastin, proteins, and anti-microbials1, the Mizon Black Snail Cream will heal sun damage and replenish your skin’s natural moisture.

Don’t let chlorine take the fun out of swimming! Take care of your skin before and after your dip in the pool, and you’ll be able to make a splash without sacrificing your skin.