Chlorine and Summer Skin:4 Things You can do to help reduce the impact

Chlorine and Summer Skin:4 Things You can do to help reduce the impact
We’ve all had that experience where we leave the pool with red and stinging eyes from too much chlorine. But, have you ever thought about what you can do to help reduce your chemical chlorine exposure? Or why you should care? 
We all know that chlorine is a chemical that we shouldn’t inhale. At low levels chlorine can cause skin irritation, sore throat, and red eyes. At higher levels it can cause asthma, wheezing and tightness of the chest. In our house this scenario plays out every year so here’s a few things that we do to help limit our exposure. It's not high on the reproductive toxicity scale, but if you’re trying to conceive any additional burden on you body contributes to your overall biological load. Here’s some tips for reducing your exposure:

1)Wet skin absorbs less chemicals, so before getting into a pool wet your hair and skin.

2)Wear goggles to protect your eyes and if possible, cover your hair with a swim cap.

3)Hydrated skin absorbs less chlorine, so make sure after your shower you apply a thin layer of coconut oil or coco butter. You can also make a hydrating protective lotion with vitamin C powder that helps neutralize the chlorine and helps the body recover from over exposure.

4)As soon as you get out of the pool rinse your hair and body before drying off. Generously apply the after-swim detox spray on your body and hair.

Supporting your body internally by taking a good quality vitamin C is also a great way to help reduce the affects of chlorine over exposure. You can determine supplement quality by looking at the ingredient label for the source of the vitamin C. For instance, if it’s a whole food, non-synthetic vitamin C it will list a citrus fruit or cherry as the source.  For more information like this and how it relates to your fertility health join us: HERE on FB

After Swim De-tox Spray

1 cup filtered water
2 drops of cilantro essential oil
2 tsp organic apple cider vinegar
2 drops of rosemary essential oil
2 tsp fractionated coconut oil12oz glass spray bottle
10 drops of geranium essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a 12oz spray bottle and shake until well combined. Shake well before each use to make sure the oils are combined. For an added treat store in the refrigerator.



Summer Detox After Shower Balm

½ cup coconut oil
1 TBS Vitamin C powder 
20 drops of essential oil * non citrus
(lavender, frankincense, copaiba, geranium)
½ cup olive oil 
½ cup shea butter 
Stand mixer/hand mixer
½ cup coco butter
double boiler & airtight container

Melt coconut, olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter in a double boiler over low to medium heat. Once melted place in a metal bowl and place in the freezer until a 1–2-inch rim forms around the edge. Do not freeze solid. Add essential oils & vitamin C powder and whip with a hand mixer until light and frothy. Seal in an airtight container. May need refrigerated if you live in a warm climate.