Essential Summer Tips for Skin & Swim Safety in Public Pools
"During the summer months, pools will become the most popular way to have fun and stay cool. With that said, chlorine is an essential chemical used to kill micro-organisms and bacteria. Just like anything, it has its pros and cons. Chlorine used in public and indoor pools can be dangerous to one's skin, however, it's protecting swimmers from germs and diseases. Chlorine can, unfortunately, irritate sensitive skin with a mild rash, itchy skin or allergic reaction," says Davis.
Agnes says, "Chlorine reactions may include itchy, red skin or hives (itchy bumps). This is not an allergy, but is actually irritant dermatitis (similar to a chemical burn), caused by hypersensitivity to this natural irritant. Chlorine is also drying to the skin and can aggravate existing dermatitis. Many children and families will have a mild to severe reaction to chlorine in the pool this summer. Don't worry, there are easy solutions for your skin, hair and body."
Agnes Davis' Summer Essential Tips for Skin & Swim Safety:
Do the water test. Before swimming in a pool, look at the water. It should be clear and you should be able to see the bottom. The water is tested several times a day and documented at your pool by a pool technologist.
Lather up with a natural soap. Many ignore the sign "SHOWER BEFORE ENTERING THE POOL." Washing your skin, is essential for your own safety. The chemicals you apply to your skin prior to coming to the pool could react with the chemicals in the pool.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before and after you enter the pool.
Love the skin your in. The skin is an important organ, often compromised by the weather and environment. Moisturize skin after post swim shower with a natural, non fragrant lotion.
Hair must-have. Lather your hair with a deep conditioner and apply a sturdy swim cap to protect hair from chlorine damage.
Protect your eyes. Consider wearing goggles to shield your eyes from the chlorine and red eye following swimming.
Protect your skin from the sun. Sunscreen is a must always. No one is immune to skin cancer. Protect yourself at all times.
Lifeguard alert. Only swim in a pool or beach area when lifeguards are present. It is for your own safety. Also, if the lifeguards blow their whistle at you, don't ignore them. It is a warning to protect you.
Agnes C. Davis, CEO, swim swim swim I SAY, the only female and minority owned swim company in the tri-state area. She has been featured in the following media outlets: Associated Press, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, BlackDoctors.org, USA Today, Yahoo News, Washington Post, SiriusXM, USA News, Courier Post, NBC Today Weekend, The Daily Beast, AOL Parenting and a host of others.
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