Pool protection

KATHMADNU: The first thing that people do when they go for a swim is apply the most protective sunblocks in order to protect their skin from the harmful UV rays. But if you intend to go for swimming regularly, this is not enough — you need to take more precautions to safeguard your skin.

All you need is to remember some simple things, which can make your time beside and inside the swimming pool less harmful for your skin.

• Always apply waterproof sunscreen prior to entering swimming pools. This is a must for pool skin care. Look for products that are sweat free, oil-free and offer all-day skin care protection. There are also some sunscreens that contain vitamins A, C and E to help moisturise while they protect which can keep your skin from drying out.

• Make sure you evenly apply the sunscreen to all exposed areas of your body and don’t forget the tops of your ears and the tops of your feet.

• If you wear sandals or go barefoot, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to these sensitive areas as well, as they are often the parts of your body that are least acclimated to sunlight.

• Always follow the product’s label for recommended reapplications.

• Always take a shower before and as soon as you can after getting out of the swimming pool. Use a body wash with petrolatum or glycerin or anti-bacterial soap. These help your skin to moisturise and rehydrate while you’re in the shower.

• Pat yourself dry with a towel instead of rubbing to help your skin maintain more of its moisture.

• While your skin is still moist, apply a lotion that contains alpha hydroxyl, lactic or glycolic acids, which penetrate deeply.

• Remember to apply a moisture-replenishing skin care lotion after extended hours in the pool, and be sure to drink lots of water to stay hydrated-not only at the beginning of the day, but throughout your time in the pool and in the sun.