Essential Oils & Pool Skin

We were just on holidays and spent a lot of time in the hotel pools. One of my kids has extremely sensitive skin and he developed a major rash all of his neck and shoulders. He had the chlorine itch that swimmers tend to get. Ugh. Here’s some of our tricks on how we took care of it.



  1. Rinse before and after swimming

Did you know that the shower you’re supposed to take isn’t just for hygiene? Showering or rinsing your skin before and after swimming reduces the amount of chlorine your skin and hair absorbs.

2. Create a barrier on the skin

Moisturize the skin with a layer of carrier oil such as grapeseed oil, argan oil etc or sunscreen to create a barrier on your skin before swimming in chlorinated pool. Not all pools will allow this, so check the rules of your pool

3. Neutralize chlorine with Vitamin C

According to a paper from the US Department of Agriculture, vitamin C neutralizes chlorine: “Two forms of vitamin C, ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate, will neutralize chlorine. Neither is considered a hazardous chemical. Both forms of vitamin C are stable, with a shelf life of at least 1 year in a dry form if kept in a cool, dark place. Once it is placed in solution, however, vitamin C degrades in a day or two.”

Ascorbic acid is slightly acidic while sodium ascorbate is neutral, so sodium ascorbate is a better form to use on the skin. Also, vitamin C is important for skin and the maintenance of healthy skin and wound healing and it is an important antioxidant that helps skin reduce the oxidative damage from free radicals. So it’s a bonus!

Once skin is clear, moisturize any itchy or irritated skin with coconut oil and lavender & frankincense essential oil.



Vitamin C Pool Spray

1/2 tsp sodium ascorbate

4 ounces of distilled water

Combine and use within 24 hours. Dispose remainder after 24 hours. Spray liberally on skin then bathe and clean skin well. Moisturize with coconut oil and lavender essential oil on any irritated skin.


Wash your swim goggles in sodium ascorbate, and soak your swimsuits in a pail of water with a teaspoon of sodium ascorbate. Then wash the suits with non toxic, natural detergent and hang to dry. This may get you more wear out of your suits.

Let me know what you think? Do you have family members with sensitive skin? It’s hard to enjoy swimming when you know you’re skin will react!

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