Are you lucky enough to spend time in the ocean this summer? 

Perhaps you like me might be wondering:

 Is the salty water is good or bad for your skin? 

 Woman with a hat in blue water, at risk for greater sunburn from reflection. Tres Keikis Skin health blog

It turns out, ocean water can have both positive and negative effects on your skin, depending on various factors such as the quality of the water, your skin type, and the length of time you spend in the water. I know, probably not the straight forward answer you are used to hearing from us over at Tres Keikis Skincare. 


Hear us out anyway, and then you will be able to make informed decisions about yourself. On the one hand, the salt in the ocean water can help to exfoliate dead skin cells, unclog pores, and reduce inflammation, making it beneficial for people with acne-prone skin or those with conditions like eczema. In addition, the minerals in seawater, such as magnesium and potassium, can nourish and hydrate the skin. There is even evidence that this can improve your skin barrier function. 

On the other hand, ocean water can also be harsh on the skin,especially if you spend a lot of time in it. The salt content can cause dehydration and dryness, leading to flaky and irritated skin. Additionally, exposure to the sun while in the ocean can cause sunburn and damage to the skin. Did you know that 10% of the suns rays bounce off water, making the sun damage even sting for those on the surface nearby. 


Ocean water can have some benefits for the skin too

 Toes in salty ocean water demonstrating the benefits of salt water on the skin barrier function. Tres Keikis skin health blog

it's important to be mindful of the potential negative effects and take appropriate precautions, such as wearing sunscreen and moisturizing the skin after exposure to seawater.

But I think the biggest take away here is health. Specifically your mental health. You can always feed your skin with Tres Keikis aloe lotion to help it along after a salty bath. You skin will rebound in no time, but the positive effects from getting out in the water may last your soul much longer. Remember, healthy is beautiful. 


Dr. Chantelle Davidson. Pharm.D. 


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