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Summer is here and it’s time to protect your skin and hair from the sun. If you’re like me, you like to beat the heat in a nice, cold swimming pool from time to time. It’s so much fun, but I must be careful to protect my skin and hair. I’m super pale. In fact, my mom used to joke and call me the poster child for the milky way. And I have blonde highlights, so I don’t want them to turn green. So while I enjoy going to the pool, I’m also careful to protect my skin and hair while I’m there so I don’t end up looking like a lobster with green hair.
I also like to be mindful of protecting my skin and hair with quality products. That’s not to say that I’m opposed to a bargain product, but I do like to use products that are proven, have gentle ingredients or in some cases, may be natural. So I try many different things. Here’s my list of what you need to protect your skin and hair when you’re at the pool, along with a few recommendations of some things that I’ve found work well for me and my family.
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Top 6 Things You Need to Protect Your Skin
It seems like every time I turn on my tablet, I see something about how to protect your skin from sun damage, and that’s because it’s so important. Whether you tan or burn, you need to protect your skin. It won’t come as a surprise that I’ve always been a fanatic about using sunscreen, but sadly, I’m paying the price for some burns from my youth. I’ve had a couple of pre-cancerous lesions removed, so when it comes to sunscreen, I don’t mess around.
- Sunscreen for your body
- Sunscreen for your face
- Lip Protection
- A Hat
- A Coverup
Sunscreen for your body
I’ve been a big fan of products from La Roche-Posay for a long time. I was first introduced to their line on a trip to France. I was in Cannes during the early summer. It was so hot, and I went through the sunscreen I packed so quickly. So I stepped into one of the local shops and discovered this goodness. Apparently, I’m not alone in declaring their sunscreen to be fabulous. Consumer Reports ranked sunscreens, and La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk was the top-rated sunscreen with a perfect score of 100 for the third year in a row.
Suncreen for your face
Another sunscreen I really like is from DDF. I like that it’s not only a sunscreen, but also a treatment product. DDF’s Weightless Defense Oil-Free Hydrator with Sunscreen is a protective hydrator from UVA & UVB rays but also contains antioxidants and moisturizers to help minimize lines and wrinkles. When I go to the pool, I typically shower off before going home. I keep this sunscreen in my pool bag so I can put on some sunscreen to protect me from the intense rays we get here in Southern California. It isn’t greasy, and is great under makeup.
Sun Protection for your lips
Let’s not forget to protect your lips too. I like to use Aquafor’s Lip Repair + Protect. What I like about it is that it not only hydrates and offers SPF 30 protection for my lips, it helps my lips to feel moist while I’m swimming. The pool’s chlorine really dries my skin out, and my lips really feel it while I’m in the water. So I use this to protect them and feel better while I’m in the water. And it’s great for after your swim too. This is one of my summer staples. It goes on clear and gives my lips just enough of a bump for a natural glossy look when I’m on a no or low-makeup day.
I always take a hat with me to the pool. While I’m not a big sunbather, I do like to relax between a set of laps or to just relax while letting my swimsuit dry. I like both a baseball cap as well as a nice, big floppy straw hat. There have been so many adorable hats this year, it’s hard to pick just one. That said, I’m kind of a hat fanatic, so I use the “protect your skin” reason to indulge in a new hat from time to time.
A great pair of shades not only takes off the glare and look great, they can also help protect the skin around your eyes from fine lines. When you shop for sunnies, you want to look for the ones that are UV 400 with polarized lenses. These offer the most UV protection and because they are anti-reflective, they will help you see better and avoid the squints. I’ve been wearing these fun clear frames from Rebel with rose mirrored lenses this season and they are a lot of fun.
A great coverup
Swimsuit cover ups can offer additional protection when you’re out of the water. Whether you’re the t-shirt or the kaftan kind of gal, you can find something to help protect your skin and keep you dry. Personally, I have a few different cover ups. I find a terry cloth zip up hoodie to be the most practical, but I also enjoy wearing either kimono or kaftan style cover ups too for when I want something with a bit more pizzazz.
Top 4 Things You Need to Protect Your Hair
I mentioned earlier that I have blonde highlights. My hair is naturally light anyway, and it can really grab the greenish tint from the pool’s chlorine. My hair can also bleach out pretty easily naturally. While I like how that looks for a while, over time, it turns brassy and is damaging. So I like to protect my hair at the pool.
To begin with my hair protection regimen, I start with my hair fully saturated with water. I remember someone telling me years ago that hair that is as wet as it can get can’t soak up any more water. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but I figure it can’t hurt. So I wet my hair and then use my hair protection products.
What I use is:
- A thermal / chlorine hair protectant
- Swim Cap
- Chlorine Removing Shampoo
- Hair Oil
Thermal hair protectant
As I mentioned earlier, I need a hair protectant to be a triple threat. I need it to protect me from the sun, chlorine and other damage. So I really like the Oud Thermal Protection Spray from Philip B. I’ve been a Philip B. fan for years since discovering his rejuvenating oils. I’ve been swearing by that oil for years, so I was thrilled to see he has a thermal protector in the line too — and it works like a charm. What it does is protect your hair from both heat styling and the elements. You simply spray it on your damp hair, and it plumps up the hair. It also smells divine!
Yes, swim caps really do help protect your hair. Whether you prefer something athletic like a basic Speedo latex cap or something more fun, they really do work. Swim caps have come a long way. You can find all kinds of designs, some with extra room if you have long hair or dreadlocks, and even the vintage Esther Williams type. The important thing is that you’re protecting your hair.
Chlorine Removing Shampoo
There are quire a few clarifying shampoos that will help to remove the chlorine from your hair without stripping your hair. If you have color-treated hair, you especially want to make sure to use one that is gentle. I like the ones from Paul Mitchell and Malibu Wellness myself. They are both nice and gentle and are able to keep my hair from turning green and brassy. I find that following up with a good conditioner and a once a week deep conditioning treatment is an ideal regimen if you’re in the pool a lot in the summer.
After I’ve washed the chlorine out of my hair and towel dried it, I like to use a hair oil to keep the frizz at bay as well as to add a bit more conditioning. I discovered Agave Healing Oil’s Oil Treatment back in the spring, and I just love it. It smells incredible, and it’s formulated with essential oils. It smooths my frizz, helps me control my curls, and it makes my hair look nice and polished. You don’t need to use much to get a great result, and it really helps me to keep my hair healthy.
Skin and Hair Protection is all that and a bag of chips
Or at least it’s in a great pool bag. It may seem like a lot to haul around to the pool, especially if you’re also taking towels and snacks. But it’s really worth it. Just pop it in your bag and you’re ready. And of course, I love a great colorful pool bag. Especially one that’s monogrammed. To make things easier, I keep my pool bag packed, so if there’s something that I also use at home, I have two of them so I don’t have to unpack and repack.
Right now, I’m using these cute monogrammed bags from Krafty Chix. The pink one has a nice water-resistant finish; I use that one for my “wet bag” and the seersucker one my hair and beauty products. I call it my “pool purse.” I like these because they are durable, can handle getting wet, and look great sitting poolside next to my lounge chair.
I hope you’ll protect your skin and hair this summer. If you have any questions or tips, please let us know in the comments. I always love to compare notes about what’s working for you.
More summertime fun on The Awesome Muse
When the temperatures are rising, I love a great sangria to help cool off. We especially love this recipe from our friends at Bells Up Winery.
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And if you’ve been working hard at the pool like I have this summer, you may want a cheat day. And that’s okay. Our fitness guru, Layne Bruner, tells us why we need a cheat day from time to time.