Prepping for Summer at the Pool

by Beth Anne on May 12, 2014

It’s May. MAY! How did that happen? Where did the spring go? Why are the yearly dues for the pool already…well, due? I’m sitting in my living room & the chestnut tree in our front yard bloomed perfect pink & yellow blossoms & I’m writing a check, sealing our entire summer of sunshine & chlorine. I can feel the warmer sunshine & the air conditioning hums. For so many cold months, Doug & I promised Harrison that the warm weather would come again, that the pool would eventually open after Mother’s Day, right around Momma’s birthday. It seemed so far away at the time & yet here we are, trading out jeans for shorts & planning strawberry-picking playdates & garage sales. I spent the majority of Saturday digging through closets & the garage, pulling out items we no longer need or want & I stumbled upon our pool bag. Big & canvas with our last name embroidered & it still smelled like sunscreen. In the hot months, we keep the bag at the base of our stairs, ready to grab after long days in the office. It’s stocked with sunscreen & snacks & freshly washed towels, even extra sunglasses & goggles. The sunshine does wonders for my soul but the fast transition between office & pool with an excited preschooler in tow can send my stress levels through the roof. Like any part of parenting, I’ve found that being able to anticipate emergencies & pack ahead keeps the excitement & anticipation at a manageable (& fun) level.

  • Sunscreen: People, do not play around with skin cancer. Cover yourself.
  • Extra towels: I always keep a few extras, especially in May & June when the water is still chilly & warm, dry towels are needed to stay warm during break.
  • Double-duty shampoo: We eat dinner at the pool on weeknights, so bathing in the clubhouse locker rooms means Harry can play longer & just hop in bed when we get home.
  • Lotion: Because chlorine is brutal on the skin. It causes itchy, dry skin so when he’s out of the shower, I cover both of us in gentle, fragrance-free lotion like Curél® Itch Defense® Lotion and it seems to have work it’s magic overnight.
  • Dry clothes: I stick these in a gallon zip-lock bag for after the shower.
  • Hats: The sun can get tough when you’re out for 4+ hours on weekends.
  • Entertainment: books, cards, a bag of pennies to dive for.
  • Snacks: I always stick a few non-crumbly, non-melting snacks in the pockets for emergencies. Raisins & squeeze packs & fruit snacks are great options.

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Only 3 more weeks until our pool is open & y’all, I really cannot wait. The winter was so long & the spring so cool that we are all ready to live outside. But come to think of it, I might want to throw a blanket in my bag. I’m pretty sure that the pool water will be frigid thanks to that awful winter. & I should probably make sure my bathing suit still fits.

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{ 115 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen Browne May 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Chlorine beats our skin up every year. LOTION! Lotion in the am, after the pool and at night!

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Shannon May 12, 2014 at 3:34 pm

I love opening up our pool bag and smelling the sunscreen. Brings back summer time memories.

My daughter is very fair skinned and has blonde, blonde hair so a hat is a must for outdoor play of any kind. And we use lots of lotion, my favorite is Jurgens. Dry brushing before bathing helps keeps our skin nice and soft too!

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Toni :O) May 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm

I moisturize like crazy, especially after a shower. Thanks for the chance. tonidreist@yahoo.com

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Liz May 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

My littlest is very fair skinned. I always put a long-sleeved swim shirt on him to keep him safe from the sun.

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Jennifer @ Also Known As...the Wife May 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm

My littles and my husband for that matter are all super fair skinned and the slightest irritant turns their skin red. I’ve tried lotion in the winter and baby powder in the summer to reduce irritation but it doesn’t work all the time.

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Heather B. May 12, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Coconut oil is a great moisturizer that I’ve found recently.

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Lauren May 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm

My poor daughter gets eczema from most sunscreens, so we tend to dress her in UPF shirts and big sun hats to minimize the amount of sunscreen we have to use and then slather on the eucerin afterwards.

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Christa May 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Aloe after the sun, cool showers, sunscreen and hydrating.

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mommaruthsays May 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

We use lots and lots of oils, sunscreens, and aloes — all winter long we grow aloe plants, so by summertime we are ready to beat the irritation!

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Mrs Cpt PAO May 12, 2014 at 4:38 pm

lots and lots of lotion. we use a WAHM “Extreme Cream” and CA Baby Calendula Lotion too. and making sure to rinse off right away after chlorine!

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steph May 12, 2014 at 4:56 pm

tinted moisturizer and antihistamine for the boy

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Shandell P May 12, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Organic sunscreen and coconut oil

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Vanessa May 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm

I always, always wear sunscreen (the spray-on kind is fabulous) because my dad has skin cancer. People definitely don’t take it seriously! And if I do get burnt, I apply lots of aloe (either from the plant or a gel). https://twitter.com/vlcarey/status/465962619195510784

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Abbey May 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm

We rinse off in the shower before diving into the pool- skin & hair seem to not absorb as much chlorine that way, and we rinse off right after, trying not to let pool water dry on our skin. With sensitive-skinned kiddos, we can’t go in the pool everyday, and we slather with lotions daily just to keep the itchies away!

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Jessie May 12, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Aloe is a must!

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Rebecca May 12, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Lots and lots of cocoa butter after the sun (and it supposedly helps maintain any little bit of tan I pick up)!

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Rebecca May 12, 2014 at 6:21 pm
Amy May 12, 2014 at 6:40 pm

I always need mega sunscreen and the indoor pool seems more worth it. Always love Curel lotion though.

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Claudia May 12, 2014 at 6:42 pm

I lather up with lotion year round.

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Jennifer May 12, 2014 at 7:23 pm

lotion, lotion, lotion!

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Rachael K May 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Sugar scrub. Perfectly exfoliating and moisturizing!

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Harmskills May 12, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Lots of lotion!!!

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Sarah C. May 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm

A shower to rinse off the chlorine post swim and, of course, followed up with lotion. Hard to believe it’s pool time again! Our pool opens Wednesday (yes, in 2 days!) – seriously debating heading over there that night. I would have loved to jump in today’s heat!

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Jess F May 12, 2014 at 10:00 pm

I have lotion that has Aloe in it, it’s not as sticky as just plain aloe. I go through at least one big bottle in the summer.

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The Many Thoughts of a Reader May 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm

sunscreen like crazy, shower, lotion and more lotion. something non scented and then something to just put on a little on my legs that smells ‘summer’ to me. ha

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Emily May 12, 2014 at 11:04 pm

I love body butter to keep my skin scaly free during months of hot sun & chlorine! In scented is better, of course, but I’m a sucker for tropical smells, especially mango. Summer is FINALLY almost here!

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Amber May 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Wow it’s so funny to see the phrase “our pool opens” …living in florida pools are open year round. I never even considered that pools close other places :P but of course they do!! How do they prevent them from freezing over? Do they empty them? Cover them? Hmmm life’s mysteries. As for how I take care of my skin, the short answer is that I don’t. I always have super dry skin i nthe summer when I’ve been playing in the sun. Growing up here I never gave it a second thought but now you have me vowing to use lotion!

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Beth Anne May 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

HA! Um…I think it depends on the pool. Most backyard pools get covered, I think. Most get drained!

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marisa May 13, 2014 at 6:35 am

I am hoping for a great summer …last year was the worse, for me it was hours of too much work and no fun O Zip. Anyway I love my beach bags I have a few, we have a laundry basket filled with beach towels for our taking – we use in the summer any lotion that has aloe in it and sometime just straight aloe any without alcohol in it – I think the aloe from Trader Joes doesn’t have any! one more thing I do have the beach bag/pool bag but what I also have is in the back of my car is what I call the “Mommy bag” it has toothbrushes/toothpaste, bug spray, body wash, shampoo, conditioner,some sort hair gel and tons of pony tail holders, hair brush and comb – anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitizer, band-aids and neosporin, tweezers, children and adult aspirin, a first aid kit also and more – it sits in the back of my car and helped plenty.

Have a lovely week and here’s to Summer your almost here!!!!.Marisa

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Elle May 13, 2014 at 7:53 am

This isn’t exactly what you asked us to comment on, but I would love to see a post on your weeknight pool meals. I love the idea of getting home from work and squeezing in as much time outside as possible. We don’t have a pool membership, but we live 3 miles from a river and tons of parks and trails. I think I remember you saying last summer that you usually just pack sandwiches, but I would still even love a post on that!

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Beth Anne May 13, 2014 at 9:21 am

Oh, absolutely!! We do a few other things that are easy to take so I’ll be sure to write on that :) I’d love some new ideas, too!

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Leslie May 13, 2014 at 8:42 am

Lotion and big hats are necessities in summer!

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Leslie May 13, 2014 at 8:44 am
Nikki May 13, 2014 at 9:57 am

We are an SPF 50 kind of family here. After swimming and bathing we use vanicream to fight dry skin. My youngest has sensitive skin and it works well for her.

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Katelynn May 13, 2014 at 10:22 am

Getting that chlorine off our skin as soon as possible is key for us. Even if we don’t get a full shower, at least rinsing in non-chlorinated water as soon as we’re done at the pool helps. And then of course gobs of lotion!

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Megan B May 13, 2014 at 10:24 am

Lots of sunscreen and even more lotion!

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Rose May 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

Lots of sunscreen and lotion! Also drinking lots of water!

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Shauna May 13, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Sunscreen, lotion after showering, and keeping hydrated are musts.

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Nicole B May 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Fresh aloe

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Jamie May 13, 2014 at 4:19 pm

We always lather up lotion right after the shower to stay moisturized and add a layer of aloe if anyone gets a sunburn.

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Laurie May 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Aloe gel and coconut oil!

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Laurie May 13, 2014 at 4:31 pm
Kimberly May 13, 2014 at 5:05 pm

We use cocoa butter and it reminds me of being at the ocean; even if we’re just at the splash pad or neighbors pool! :)

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Tori May 13, 2014 at 5:15 pm

All about the tinted moisturizer!

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Charlotte Brewer May 13, 2014 at 6:22 pm

We are avid sunscreen users! But I always rub us down with some coconut oil with lavendar mixed in after a day at the pool it helps keep our skin from drying out too horribly!

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Amy S May 13, 2014 at 9:59 pm

I use a ton of sunscreen, and for dry skin, I use coconut oil.

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Brandi May 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Sunscreen and lotion

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Jenn May 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Lotion, Lotion, Lotion! The sun and chlorine is killer on our skin, so we need that extra moisture. Also, we live about a mile from a nice public beach that we enjoy, and the sand that is left on our legs and feet can be irritating. So I always bring a small container of baby powder. Just rub a little bit on your legs, and the sand falls right off.

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Emily May 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Lots of aloe.

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Mami2jcn May 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm

We use sunscreen generously and try to stay in the shade as much as possible.

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Mami2jcn May 15, 2014 at 5:28 pm

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Becky May 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm

I try to rinse off after I’m in a pool, even if I don’t have time to actually do a full shower with body wash, a good rinse helps!

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Amie May 16, 2014 at 9:21 am

We have dry skin, so chlorine is a major issue. We do sugar scrubs, oatmeal baths, load up on sunblock, and recently we have found coconut oil to be a great moisturizer. I am so ready for pool season, our weather has been ridiculous…from almost 90 one day to 40 the next. Boo!

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Amie May 16, 2014 at 9:24 am
Jessica To May 17, 2014 at 6:07 pm

I use a lot of sunscreen and lotion during the summer!

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Mauree May 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm

We use lots of sunscreen and large hats in the summer!

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Jen C. May 19, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Sunscreen all the time, and body lotion also!

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Jessie C. May 19, 2014 at 11:45 pm

I cover myself in sunscreen plus UPF protective clothes during summer time. I also use shea butter to my dry skin.
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Jessie C. May 19, 2014 at 11:46 pm

-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/468597921642868736

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Elena May 20, 2014 at 12:13 am

I use aloe

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Elena May 20, 2014 at 12:15 am
sandra May 20, 2014 at 7:52 am

lots of sunscreen

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Rachel B May 21, 2014 at 9:12 am

To beat (or avoid actually) summer skin irritation we limit time in the pool, time in the sun and time outdoors when the bugs seem to be having a feeding frenzy! Between sunscreen and bug spray I feel I am constantly battling the urge to shower after every summer event! My #1 though is not taking too hot a shower and then patting the skin dry as opposed to rubbing vigorously with our towels.

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Ashley H May 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I always use sunscreen.

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LinhC May 21, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Always wash off skin that has sunscreen on it or have been in the pool or salt water, sand, etc. and use lots of lotion to hydrate the skin.

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Susan Smith May 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm

I beat irritation by putting on lots of sunscreen and lotion though out the day

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Susan Smith May 24, 2014 at 7:32 pm
mysweetiepiepie May 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I use a lot of moisturizer in the summer.

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Lauren E. May 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm

We keep calamine lotion around incase of unavoidable itchies. We also have aloe for sunburns, and slather up in high SPF sunblock. I try to keep sunblock in the car, and a moisturizer for dry skin after a beach trip

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Madonna May 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Lots of sunscreen for everyone and rash guards for my son; his red hair and fair skin cannot handle too much exposure. Afterwards it’s bath time and Jergens or Curel unscented lotions. Happy summer!

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Cindy June 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm

We put lotion on after we wash our hands and after we take a shower.

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Cindy June 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm
Madeline June 10, 2014 at 6:33 pm

I like using aloe to help hydrate and soothe my skin.

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Madeline June 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm
Tina M June 10, 2014 at 10:28 pm

baby lotion and lots of sunscreen

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Tina M June 10, 2014 at 10:29 pm
Elle June 22, 2014 at 5:49 pm

I scrub with a loofah/body wash to keep my skin fresh and use a lot of lotion and aloe. I also make sure to apply sunscreen when going outdoors.

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Elle June 22, 2014 at 5:50 pm
Melissa M June 29, 2014 at 12:05 am

We lotion up after a day of swimming.

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Melissa M June 29, 2014 at 12:08 am
Margot C July 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm

I use oatmeal soap and an anti-ich moisturizer (like Curel actually!)

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Margot C July 7, 2014 at 3:08 pm
Denise S July 27, 2014 at 9:43 am

I use various lotions or creams for skin irritation.

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Maureen July 27, 2014 at 11:20 am

Better believe Curel is the answer to a lot of the summer skin issues. To us it helps with the dry skin and the little rashes that might come about.

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Margaret Smith July 27, 2014 at 12:01 pm

After taking our showers, we add moisturizer daily.
Thanks so much.

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Margaret Smith July 27, 2014 at 12:02 pm
Elizabeth Drake July 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Using lots of lotion!

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Kiara July 27, 2014 at 6:19 pm

I beat summer skin irritation by moisturizing my skin twice a day.
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Shannon Baas July 27, 2014 at 7:41 pm

We use moisturizing lotion.

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Timmy July 27, 2014 at 8:40 pm

I’m thick skinned…don’t worry about it!

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Denise S July 27, 2014 at 9:56 pm

I beat skin irritations with various lotions and creams.
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Robby Rob July 27, 2014 at 10:47 pm

i just be sure to rinse off the chlorine after going in the pool.

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Robby Rob July 27, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Lisa Weidknecht July 27, 2014 at 10:56 pm

I like to use a natural oatmeal soap for nice skin.

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Cathy Truman July 27, 2014 at 11:51 pm

We like to use sunscreen and aloe and moisturizing lotion for our skin in the summer.

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nickie July 28, 2014 at 1:41 am

Lots of lotion!

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Anastasia July 28, 2014 at 5:59 am

I stay out of the sun! :) When that’s impossible, I use sunscreen and, if that doesn’t stop irritation or sunburn, a nice, cooling lotion and / or aloe :)

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Anastasia July 28, 2014 at 6:00 am
RICHARD HICKS July 28, 2014 at 7:19 am

I beat skin irritation in the summer by using sunscreen and lotions.

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RICHARD HICKS July 28, 2014 at 7:19 am
jeremy July 28, 2014 at 7:25 am

We use coconut oil.

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Kimmy Ripley July 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

I heard that coconut oil was great as a skin moisturizer so I started using that.

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