In Oregon, when summer arrives, we evacuate our canopied neighborhoods and travel en mass to our favorite rivers, swimming holes, and mountain view lakes. While the chlorinated swimming pools that sporadically dot suburban homes and community centers have their own negative effects on skin, the freshwater glacial pools we choose to submerge our overheated bodies in have their own skin transgressions to beware of. Keep the following health precautions in mind in your quest to dip yourself in a cool pool or other water destination this summer.
Beware of Pollutants and Pesticides
In areas where farmland and natural water features merge, use caution. Not only are these waterways more inclined to be contaminated with feces, there are concerns around contamination via pesticides. Stick to established, protected swimming areas and you’ll be protecting more than just your skin.
Use Sun Protection
Glacier streams can be refreshing on super hot summer days, but make sure to absolutely slather yourself in sunscreen when having a relaxing float day. The chill of the cool water can give you a false sense of security as the sun reflects off placid waters, exposing you to a strong dose of UVA and UVB rays.
Remember to stay hydrated. Swimming requires a fair amount of exertion, and crystal clear waters won’t replace your vital moisture, even by osmosis, so stay super hydrated and enjoy your summer swim.
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