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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After work I meandered down to the pool with a book. It was just me and a mother with her three children. I was pretty engrossed in my book when I overheard the kids. The older brother and his two little sisters had been playing all sorts of games. I was admiring their imagination. Then the mom told big brother to leave the girls alone. I’m not sure how he was bothering them but the girls went on merrily playing “mermaid” (I assume a game they made up). Maybe it was my mother’s heart, but I felt badly for the boy. He was about 10 and there were no others to play with in the pool. (no, I did not jump in to the rescue, but I wanted to). The boy went closer to the girls and said with a question, “you don’t have an ice mermaid.” “Yes we do”, the girls yelled emphatically. “We have every kind of mermaid…any kind we want”. Silence. He was shut down. The boy was offering himself as a mermaid and it still didn’t work. A few minutes passed. I could almost hear the boy’s brain at work as if they were splashes in the pool. He finally declared his other brilliant idea- “I could be a shark that that you have to avoid”. Somehow this passed the test and they once again played, splashed and laughed. Eventually everyone had a mission to find the “purple power”. It sounded so fun. I was kind of thirsty at this point and imagined “purple power” as a delicious raspberry, blueberry drink, icy cold and so refreshing. I wished I could jump in and discover the mystery. About an hour passed. The littlest girl, about 6 years old said. “This is the most funnest day of my life”. I smiled and looked across to the mom, wondering if she really savored those beautiful, dramatic words.
I left before they did, all the while re-living the imaginative world of the young. What remarkable things could happen if we could keep these gifts among those we guard in our “mature” world.