How NYC Spas Counter Dermal Damage from Chlorine

August 27th, 2015

Those of you who swim regularly in pools know well the bane of chlorine – the lingering smell, dry, itchy skin and for blondes – green hair.  At least these very obvious signs alert you to need for preventative measures.  The top NYC spas have a some recommendations to counter dermal damage from chlorine so keep skin radiantly healthy while swimming all year long.

For most of us, our normal skincare regime, if it is a good one, will protect against demise from most environmental damage including that from chlorine. Regular moisturizing of our bodies with natural skincare is vital for supple, healthy, well- hydrated skin.  A Daily Hydrating Cream that contains shea and cocoa butter is extremely beneficial for dermal health as they provide the necessary vitamins, minerals, and powerful antioxidants to keep your skin healthy and young.

Both of these traditional botanicals have been used for centuries as celebrated moisturizers for enhancing skin’s elasticity and youthful vitality.  The complexion overall is improved texture: more supple, soft, and rejuvenated. Chlorine is very harsh and can strip away natural oils and minerals, so it is critical to replenish the lost sebum to dermal tissue to effectively slow the aging process. If exposed over time to even small doses can disturb the healthy functioning of the skin cells without proper and intensive moisturizing care.

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Other tips to protect skin….

Taker shorter cooler showers.  Too many steaming showers open the pores to allow this chemical to seep in. We’re all guilty of it. Lowering the temperature and shortening the length of our baths and showers will reduce the amount of natural moisture stripped from the skin by water and the chemicals in it.

Sunscreen with chlorine protection. Many swim shops offer waterproof sunscreens designed to protect the skin from chlorine sensitivities as well as soothing after-swim moisturizers.

Try a saltwater pool.  Saltwater pools are becoming more fashionable and there are many water filtration systems on the market that purify drinking water or even the entire household supply.

Shower after a swim. Those who frequently visit swimming pools should shower often between swims to reduce the amount of chlorine absorbed by the skin. After a swim session, shower with soap and remove all traces of chlorine. Be sure to moisturize well after the shower.

Cover up. Consider investing in a legged swimsuit which will minimize the amount of contact that your skin has with pool water.  This has become a popular, even stylish, way to save skin from chemical harm while swimming.

The general public is becoming  more aware of the detrimental effects of the many chemicals used widely commercially and industrially.  While it is a challenge to remove all of the chemicals from our environment, within our homes we can strive to reduce our exposure to chlorine and other chemicals by using more ecological cleaning products.  By adopting a diligent skincare routine, you will not only reverse the harm done but also clear up a host of other skin problems.

A consultation with a knowledgeable aesthetician can yield some promising tips to protect against or alleviate irritation from chlorine exposure.  The leading spas in NYC such as Joanna Vargas book up fast, so schedule far enough in advance.

Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise exploring the art, social media and blogging scenes…  

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