Until I had a reaction, I didn’t put 2 and 2 together. Chlorine in pools and hot tubs can really do a number of our health. There are 2 ways to minimize your chlorine exposure without missing out on summer fun!!
1. Dechlorinating Lotion
1/2 cup almond or olive oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax
2 tablespoons warm water
2 teaspoons vitamin C powder
Lavender Essential Oil (or oil of your choice)
Combine oils and beeswax in a pint sized or larger glass jar.
In another small jar or bowl, add the vitamin c powder to the warm water and stir until dissolved.
Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place the jar with the oils inside the saucepan and turn on medium heat.
As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, pour into a small blender or food processor. (Keep in the jar if using an immersion blender that will fit in the top of the jar.)
With blender or food processor on, slowly add the water/vitamin C mixture until blended and emulsified.
Store in an air-tight glass jar.
Use before swimming (preferably after rinsing skin) to minimize chlorine exposure. This is purposefully a small batch since no preservatives are used and it will only last one swim season!
2. (No DIY required)
Those who use sunscreen (I recommend the mineral-sunscreen-lotion) can add vitamin C powder to your sunscreen to get the benefits of chlorine reduction and sun protection at the same time.
If you want to read the scientific study from the American Academy of Pediatrics about the impact of chlorine, you can do so here:
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