How to Protect Your Face After Swimming?

Does your skin feel tight and parched after swimming? If so, you’re not the only one. The chemicals found in swimming pool water, like chlorine and bromine, are known to dry out the skin, leaving it more susceptible to irritation. 

With that said, it’s possible to protect your face from dryness and damage, even after your longest swim days. Here, we’ll go over the best ways to protect your face before and after swimming. 

How Does Swimming Affect Skin?

Swimming affects the skin by drying it out and causing irritation. This results from the drying effects of pool chemicals, like chlorine. 

Chlorine strips the skin of natural oils, disrupting its moisture barrier. The skin’s moisture barrier acts as a protective layer against external irritants, such as pollutants, bacteria, and environmental stressors.

After swimming, you may experience the effects of a compromised skin barrier, including redness, dryness, itchiness, inflammation, and even skin conditions like acne.   

How to Protect Your Face After Swimming?

Why Do I Have Dry Skin After Swimming?

You likely have dry skin after swimming because of drying chemicals in the water, including chlorine. Additionally, swimming for extended periods can worsen these effects as the water dilutes the sebum, or oil, on your skin. When sebum is diluted, it’s less effective at keeping your skin moisturized and protected. 

How Can I Protect My Face From Chlorinated Water?

You can protect your face from chlorinated water by rinsing your skin before hitting the water, washing the chlorinated water off, and moisturizing the skin thoroughly after the aquatic session. Wear a water-resistant sunscreen if you swim outside. 

  • A pre-swim rinse will fill your pores with clean water. This reduces your skin’s absorption of chlorinated water, which can help protect your face against dryness and irritation. 
  • Moisturizing your face before and after swimming can help offset the drying effects of swimming water. This is especially important for the skin on your face, which is thinner and more susceptible to irritation than any other area of the body. 
  • Wearing a water-resistant sunscreen will protect your skin against UV damage while you’re in the open water. Unprotected sun exposure can exacerbate skin dryness, redness, and irritation from swimming pool water. Your sunscreen should be SPF 30 or higher, and make sure to re-apply it every 90 minutes (or sooner, depending on how long the sunscreen is water resistant). 
  • How Do You Protect Your Face From Chlorine?

    You can protect your face from chlorine by thoroughly cleansing the skin after leaving the pool and wearing eye protection before going underwater. 

    Washing your face as soon as possible after leaving the water will help protect your skin from chlorine’s damaging effects. Additionally, using a face wash that’s specifically formulated to remove pool chemicals will provide the most thorough cleanse. 

    Trihard’s Swim & Sun Face Wash removes pool and ocean chemicals while providing lasting post-swim hydration. With natural red algae, magnesium chloride, and dead sea salts, this face wash effectively calms skin after UV-ray & chlorine or salwater exposure. 

    Wearing eye protection before going underwater can protect your eyes against irritation from swimming pool water. The chemicals in pool water can compromise your eyes’ tear film, leading to eye dryness, pain, and burning. So, make sure to pack goggles in your pool bag and wear them before submerging your face in the water. To give your eyes another level of comfort and protection, consider purchasing swimming eye gel as well. 

    Trihard Pre & Post Swim Eye Gel’s non-irritating formula helps prevent chlorine-related discomfort and redness, ensuring comfortable swim sessions. The gel's protective barrier guards against chlorine absorption, minimizing eye irritation. With TriHard, swimmers can enjoy enhanced visibility, reduced eye fatigue, and improved focus, contributing to better performance in the pool. This eye gel is a valuable addition to any swimmer's routine, supporting eye health and maximizing training outcomes.

    How to Protect Your Face After Swimming?

    How Do I Protect My Skin From Swimming Pools?

    You can protect your skin from swimming pools by applying a pre-swim lotion before entering the water. 

    A pre-swim lotion or barrier cream is a type of skincare product designed to protect swimmers’ skin against chlorine-related damage. It acts as a protective layer to neutralize chlorine absorption, helping to keep skin healthy and hydrated. 

    Trihard’s Pre & Post Swim Body Lotion is a barrier cream with proprietary PLECOTECH technology. It contains red algae, magnesium chloride, and dead sea minerals to reduce the skin’s absorption of pool chemicals. 

    What Should I Put On My Face After Swimming?

    You should put an anti-chlorine cleanser on your face after swimming, followed by a moisturizer. 

    An anti-chlorine cleanser contains ingredients that remove chlorine and other pool chemicals from the skin. Trihard’s Swim & Sun Face Wash is a gentle yet effective anti-chlorine cleanser with red algae, magnesium chloride, dead sea salts, coconut oil, shea butter, and hyaluronic acid to leave the skin clean, soft, and soothed. 

    If you swim outside or spend time in the ocean, the face wash will alleviate skin discomfort after UV ray exposure.

    To nourish and protect your face after swimming, pay extra attention to the delicate eye area. The skin around your eyes is very thin and dries out more easily than the rest of the face. One option is Trihard’s Pre & Post Swim Eye Gel, a soothing topical product that calms irritation, swelling, and dryness under the eyes after swimming. 

    How to Protect Your Face After Swimming?

    How Do Swimmers Keep Their Skin Healthy?

    Swimmers keep their skin healthy by reducing their skin’s chlorine absorption and following a hydrating post-swim skincare routine. 

    Prevention is key to maintaining healthy skin as a swimmer. Thankfully, there are many quick strategies for limiting chlorine absorption, including applying pre-swim lotion and rinsing off before hitting the water. 

    A successful post-swim skincare routine should contain a cleanser to wash away pool chemicals, a deeply hydrating lotion, and a soothing eye cream. With this combination of products, you can maintain healthy, moisturized skin no matter how often you’re exposed to chlorine. 

    You can bundle Trihard’s skincare products for swimmers for complete skin protection and significant savings. Plus, with your purchase of any Trihard products, you’ll get a 30-day money-back guarantee to try out a new skincare routine risk-free.


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