The city's tumultuous affair with the sun is in full swing and we're already trying to find ways to cool off. This past weekend, I went to a pool party to do just that. However, chlorine can do a number on your skin and hair. So today's post is all about how to make a speedy chlorine recovery:
- Skin: To make a long story short, chlorine causes your skin to age prematurely. It does this by stripping your skin from it's natural oils causing your skin to look and feel very dry. So after taking a dip, make sure you take a cool shower. A hot shower will open your pores and allow the chlorine to absorb into your skin...big no no! Also it's important to use a body wash or soap that cleanses gently and softens. I like to use Dr. Bronner's Castille Lavender Soap ($15.85) because it cleans up residue and nourishes with natural oils, while lavender eases stressed skin. Next step is a body lotion. For summer it's best to get a product that moisturizes but is light and absorbs quickly. My skin is super sensitive and lately I've been using 1. Burt Bees' Soothingly Sensitive Body Lotion, ($5.08). The great thing about sensitive skin products is that it's safe enough for all skin types. Ingredients like aloe and buttermilk calm and soothe skin without overwhelming.
- Hair: Too much exposure to chlorine can cause hair to become brittle, weak, and damage it's color. No matter what your hair type or needs are, when you've swimming around in chlorine repair(bold) is a must. Look for products that are for your hair type (or all hair types) but that are designed to repair damage. I like to use 2. AlbaBotanica's Hawaiian Deep Conditioning Minute Mask; Real Repair, ($8.99). It contains cocoa butter, Argan oil, and plant sourced keratin, which intensely moisturize and refortify parched strands. You only need to leave it in for 2-5 minutes because it gets to work right away. It also smells like icing...need I say more? After I rinse I distribute 3. Pantene's Ultimate 10 BB Crème in my hair as a leave in. (Yes, there are beauty balms for HAIR, rejoice!) It protects against sun damage, re-strengthens hair, tames flyaways and much more. It can be used daily alone or as a serum before styling. The best part of all these products as they give you luxurious results without breaking bank!
Tell Us! How do you protect/repair your skin and hair?
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