Chilling by the pool has to be one of the most relaxing things in the world, don’t you think? It’s refreshing yet really calming; however, one thing that concerns all the water-loving beauties is that the chlorine water tends to take a toll on their skin and hair. Irrespective of how much sunscreen you slather, you will have sunburns and tan that’s too stubborn to go away. So, we have a foolproof beauty regimen for the water-loving beauties that will keep you looking like a boss despite a long dip in the pool:
Never ever get into the pool before you take a quick shower, as doing so may cause the pool water to contaminate causing further damage to your skin. The skin pores and hair shafts have to be wet and fully hydrated before you get into the swimming pool. Make this a habit, as this makes sure your body absorbs less chlorine than it normally does.
Coconut Oil Massage:
Before hitting the pool, try massaging your hair with some coconut oil or maybe a hydrating conditioner to form a protective barrier between the chlorine and hair. The oil keeps the hair follicles nourished and prevents any form of damage from the chemicals and sun. You could also use swim caps to keep your hair free from damage.
ACV To the Rescue:
Once you get out of the pool, try rinsing your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar and water i.e. diluted solution. This helps cleanse your hair from other contaminants and chlorine. Follow by washing your hair with mild shampoo and water.
Bananas are superb for your skin, and make an excellent remedy to treat dark spots on your body. Make a paste with honey and mashed bananas and apply it to the affected areas. Let it sit for 15 minutes before you wash off with cold water.
No Blow Drying:
While it may seem convenient to blow dry your hair once you are out of the pool, it isn’t necessarily a wise option. Instead, opt for a wide-toothed comb, to comb out the tangles and let your hair air dry.
We can never stress enough on the importance of moisturizing. Make sure every inch of your body is hydrated once you are out of the pool, and once you walk out of a hot shower. This ensures that the tanned/ sunburnt skin gets some relief if you are not comfortable using moisturizers, feel free to use Aloe Vera gel.
This has been stressed upon so many times, drink water to keep your skin hydrated. Your skin is like a sponge, that absorbs the chlorine water when in the pool, so in order for it to not absorb the damaging water, it is essential that you drink enough water, fruit juices and doze on some Vitamin A and C. Drinking herbal teas may also help due to the presence of anti-oxidants in them.
What are your go-to hacks to protect your skin and hair while swimming? Tell us in the comments section below!
Author: Cidra Khan