Keeping Your Skin Safe from the Pool

Keeping Your Skin Safe from the Pool

protecting skin at the pool
Alena Ozerova –

Summer is a time for fun, and many people indulge in that fun by visiting the pool. Whether it’s a public pool in your city, a waterpark nearby, or a pool in your backyard, swimming is a big part of summer, especially for those who live in warm climates. However, the summer is also associated with a bevy of beauty problems. Whether it manifests in problems with your skin or hair, your long-term beauty can be damaged by the chlorine used in pools. If you want to make sure you don’t end up with long-term damage, keep these tips in mind the next time you visit the pool.

Coat Your Hair First

Your hair acts almost like a sponge. If you get into the pool with dry hair, it’ll immediately soak up all those chemicals, making them hard to get rid of afterward. When you go to the public pool, you’ll see that most of them ask swimmers to shower before getting in the pool; this helps make sure that outside germs don’t get into the pool, but it also gives your hair and skin additional protection.

On top of showering to ensure that your hair doesn’t soak up the chlorine, you can try other hair protection products. Hair serum and coconut oil are both useful, but you should avoid using them at public pools because you don’t want to leave traces of oil or product in the pool behind you. Companies formulate certain specially created products to dissolve when they come off your hair, and those are safe to use at public pools.

Use a Swim Cap

This one is probably most useful at public pools. A swim cap won’t always protect your hair entirely, because there’s always the chance that water can seep in under the cap, but it’ll keep it protected for much longer than it would be without the cap. Before putting on the cap, put in any hair protection products you want, and then wet down your hair and pull the cap over it.

Buy Prescription Goggles

Goggles can help you see better underwater and prevent the chlorine from irritating your eyes. However, people who wear glasses sometimes get the short end of the stick. If you don’t know what type of goggles are available, you may worry that there’s no possibility for you to swim with clear vision. The truth is that prescription goggles exist in a number of different styles. If you find that you regularly forgo goggles because of an eyesight issue, look into prescription goggles.

Get a Specialty Hair Cleaner

Regular soap and water may not be enough for your hair after you get out of the pool. This is especially true if you have heat-treated or color-treated hair, if your hair is particularly dry or brittle, or if you’re in the pool for long periods. To make sure you’re getting all the chemicals out of your hair, invest in a specialty cleaner. Although they’re typically optional for most types of hair, they’re essential for colored hair. The last thing you want is for your hair to become a different color two weeks after having it colored at the salon.

Always Use Sunscreen

Using sunscreen is probably the most important skin care tenet of summertime. Even if you’re merely sitting next to the pool, you need to make sure you’re wearing sunscreen. However, only certain sunscreens are waterproof, and even waterproof sunscreens have caveats. You need to make sure you buy the right waterproof sunscreen and apply it every time you go out to the pool.


safeguarding skin against at pool
Dmitrijs Dmitrijevs –

Your skin care and hair care routines shouldn’t take a vacation every time you do. In fact, when you’re on vacation, you should make sure that you’re paying even more attention to your skin and hair, so nothing happens while you’re away from home. Your everyday routine should be intensive, but that applies double to your vacation routine. Before you go on your summer vacation, consider stopping at an Ogle School salon. Get a professional hairdo for your summer fun and even glean a couple of tips to make sure you come back with skin that’s as healthy as it was when you left.

About the Author

Jeff Chiarelli
Jeff Chiarelli is the Head of Marketing for Ogle School. His responsibilities include leading Ogle School's marketing and branding strategy to amplify Ogle School's passion for helping create future beauty professionals in the communities Ogle School serves.