A Well Packed Pool Bag Includes Curél® Itch Defense® Lotion

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What I keep in my pool bag so we can make it out the door with less frustration , and more fun!

We live in pool-ville. Many of our friends have pools; we have wonderful community pools, and frankly — when it’s over 110 degrees — it’s time to SWIM.

I love going to the pool with friends, and sitting in the water chatting together. One of the keys to a great pool day is a well-stocked pool bag, so I’m not stressed when we’re leaving, or missing something when we get there. Here’s what I keep in my pool bag:

Towels. We have a GIANT bag (that a friend gave us a long time ago) and there is enough room for 4 towels (if Drew comes he has to carry his own). I like a NICE big beach towel, and the kids all have monogramed ones from a friend in CA. I like to have them all stowed in the bag, so I can just grab it and go.

Swim shirts help protect our skin!

Sunscreen.  I’m adamant about wearing swim shirts. I just think our skin needs to be EXTRA protected here in the Valley of the Sun. I also always put on sunscreen before we head out for swimming, so the kids are dry and ready to swim as soon as we get there. I don’t want them lying around the hot pool deck waiting for it to dry (although, frankly — in 114 degrees, I bet it dries really fast). I also try to get ones that are child friendly. We had one last summer that burned everyone’s eyes. That doesn’t help anyone!

Goggles.  Somehow goggles make swimming easier. In fact, I need to get new pairs for this new swim season. Do your kids use goggles?

Snacks — If we’re going to a pool at someone’s house I don’t usually throw snacks in, but if it’s a community pool I will. Sometimes we bring a cooler with frozen waters. I don’t want to waste more money on the stuff they sell there!

Anyway, I guess the key to a pool bag is throwing the towels back in it after they are dry (we use a drying rack in the backyard — and I don’t wash them every time — probably once a week) and making sure it’s ready to go.

One of the other essentials for our pool life this summer is Curél® Itch Defense® Lotion.  I am normally a very itchy person (I hear it comes with the curly hair — seriously) and the pool just makes it 400 times worse. Curél just provided me a bottle of the anti-itch lotion and it really helped!  I know it will be a staple for my poor skin after a pool day.  It has a great consistency (I like my lotion on the thick side), no smell and rubs in nicely. It’s supposed to help soothe and protect eczema-prone skin, is safe from ages 6 months and up, and is available at drugstores nationwide. It does stop the itch for me.

And here, every day is a pool day.

So, what are your pool staples?

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  1. says

    I beat summer skin irritation by using SPF lotions and bug spray. If we get
    bit or burned we use Aloe or Anti-itch lotions to soothe our skin.


  2. Natalie says

    I beat summer skin irritation by regularly applying lotion to my and my family’s skin and using plenty of sunscreen and aloe vera. Skin is important!

  3. Courtney Bella says

    well i have extremely sensitive skin so I make sure I put on lots of sunscreen and drink lots of water to help my skin stay healthy

  4. Lisa Brown says

    I slather on sunscreen and keep it lubricated; my skin is so dry, it can
    be unbearably itchy if I don’t and too much sun exposure makes it worse.

  5. Susie says

    I bring flavored water or juice in addition to water so my kids will drink more. Sometimes they don’t want to drink water after playing in it for so long, but they need to rehydrate.

  6. mami2jcn says

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

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  7. JessieC says

    We use sunscreen and wear high UPF long sleeve shirts for outdoor fun in summer to beat skin irritation.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  8. Elle says

    I exfoliate with body wash and a loofah daily to keep my skin fresh and use lots of lotions and aloe. I also apply sunscreen before going outdoors.

  9. April V. says

    I’ve always been pretty unsuccessful in keeping skin irritation out of my summer life. Unless I’m very careful, I can have red, itchy skin at the drop of a hat.

  10. says

    I had not heard of this lotion! I use the regular unscented Curel and love it. It is nice and thick without being *too* thick. But summer is indeed the WORST. I use a lavender scented cream when gardening to keep the dang mosquitoes at bay. I rarely use sunscreen as that bother my skin more than not. For an extra treat, I put almond oil (or walnut oil) on my face at night..

  11. Margot C says

    I’m a bit wacky with the getting everyone into the showers and getting that chlorine off of the skin. My husband gets flaky and miserable. then the anti-itch lotion, that I have to have.

  12. Kimmy Ripley says

    I heard that coconut oil was great as a skin moisturizer so I started using that. I also drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.

  13. Anastasia says

    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 :)

  14. Sarah Hirsch says

    i’ve never used anything for summer skin irritation, we do use sunscreen to protect against the sun, though.
    As for pool staples, my daughter likes bringing snorkling goggles, and my son likes bringing a mini football to play with in the pool

  15. Amy says

    Hi beat it by wearing and reapplying sunblock constantly and then moisturizing like a mad woman after a long day in the sun

  16. Tina Marie says

    I try to beat summer skin irritation by taking a shower and applying whatever lotion I have on hand. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Crystal F says

    We use lots of sunscreen to keep our girls from burning. I don’t use lotion on them but need to since I miss that baby soft skin. Thank you!

  18. Susan Chester says

    I have used aloe vera on my skin which helps, but I will give Curel a try!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  19. emmy says

    I wear sunscreen every day and then reapply if I’m out in the sun for more than an hour. If I do get burned, I use straight aloe.

  20. Lorena Keech says

    I am lucky that my skin doesn’t get too irritated in the summer. But my husband has the worst skin issues so we will have to try Curel for him. Absolutely nothing else has helped him, it is worth a try!

  21. k anne says

    I beat summer skin irritation by using a gentle sunscreen that doesn’t bother my children’s skin or mine. Coppertone Water Babies- sensitive skin.

  22. Karen Drake says

    I beat it by using sunscreen when I am outside and using a moisturizing lotion after showering every morning

  23. victoria lynch says

    I use skinsosoft for my daugher. I love the way that it smells and feels fresh.

    sealightdolphin at aol.com

  24. Heather Sorrell says

    We use lots of Cortisone 10/ with chamomile for bug bites, and we love aloe gel for cooling any sunburn! Thanks so much :)

  25. Seyma Shabbir says

    I beat summer skin irritation by wearing sunscreen, washing off salt asap and moisturizing my skin.
    seyma_bennett AT hotmail.com

  26. Birdiebee says

    I beat summer skin irritation by using a wonderful sunscreen when out in the direct sunlight and lathering my skin at night with lotion.

  27. Whitney Bellows says

    I make sure to use sunscreen each time I am in the sun. I always drink a lot of water too and use my moisturizer twice a day.


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