How To Protect Your Skin And Hair From Chlorine In A Pool

If you are a frequent swimmer you’ve most likely already realized it’s one of the toughest sports on your skin and hair. This is mainly due to pools using too much chlorine.

So what can we do to protect our skin and hair?

Keep reading, we are going to teach you what to do before and after you swim.

Why you should protect your skin and hair from chlorine

Pools all over the world sanitize the water with Chlorine or Bromine that are known to be excellent bleaches to kill bacteria, viruses, and microbes.

However, coming in contact with these bleaches immediately affects our skin and hair by bonding to our body which creates a “Chlorine Cover” layer as well as stealing the natural oil of our skin which for a few days raises the need for appropriate skin and hair treatment to restore our body with the missing oils.

Chlorine also leaves unpleasant lasting odors and when we are swimming in open water, we may feel discomfort due to sun exposure post-swim.

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What to do before you swim to protect your skin against chlorine

To neutralize the “Chlorine Cover“ completely, you need to reduce the absorption of Chlorine in your skin by creating a water-resistant protection layer. Here are two things you can do to minimize the absorption of chlorine on your skin:

1. Apply a swim body lotion

Many people don’t like using a swimmer’s body lotion before getting into the pool but if you do, it will help create a protective barrier around your skin to neutralize chlorine absorption in your skin.

Apply a swim body lotion

2. Apply a leave-in conditioner

Many people don’t like using a leave-in conditioner before getting into the pool but if you do, it will help create a protective barrier around your hair to neutralize chlorine absorption.

3. Rinse with water

Rinsing with water before swimming serves two purposes; 1) is to remove sweat, perfumes, sunscreen, bacteria, and organic matter from your body to keep the pool clean, and 2) to supersaturate your skin and hair with water so it doesn’t absorb as much chlorinated water.

Rinse with water to supersaturate your skin and hair

What to do after you swim to protect your skin against chlorine

The following tips will help you wash the bleach off your skin and hair by breaking through the Chlorine Cover to take the chemicals out. They’ll also hydrate and moisturize after-swim dry skin and hair, relieve itchy skin and scalp, and eliminate the unpleasant long-lasting pool odors.

1. Use a swimmer’s shampoo

When you finish swimming, take another shower to remove all chlorine on your body. Use a swimmer’s shampoo to neutralize and remove the chlorine cover on your hair.

The swimmer’s shampoo should also help hydrate and moisturize it. If you have an itchy scalp, it will help relieve it, and it will help eliminate the unpleasant chlorine smell.

Use a swimmer's shampoo to protect your hair from chlorine in a pool

2. Use a Chlorine-Removal Body Wash

Wash your body with a swimmer’s body wash to remove the chlorine cover on your skin, relieve irritated skin, eliminate the unpleasant chlorine smell, and hydrate dry skin.

3. Use a Face Wash for Swimmers' Skin

Especially for people who swim open water or in outdoor pools, we recommend using a Swim & Sun Face Wash to relieve post-sun exposure discomfort and hydrate dry skin that is resulted from exposure to pool chemicals or ocean salts.

Use a Face Wash for Swimmers' Skin

Summary

Pools all over the world sanitize the water with Chlorine or Bromine that are known to be excellent bleaches to kill bacteria, viruses, and microbes. However, coming in contact with these bleaches immediately affects our skin and hair by bonding to our body.

To neutralize the chlorine completely, you need to reduce the absorption of chlorine in your skin by creating a water-resistant protection layer.

Apply a swimmer’s body lotion to create a protective barrier around your skin to neutralize chlorine absorption in your skin. Then use a leave-in conditioner before getting into the pool to create a protective barrier around your hair to neutralize chlorine absorption.

Lastly, rinse with water to supersaturate your body with water and use a swimmer’s body lotion before getting into the pool to create a protective barrier around your skin to neutralize chlorine absorption in your skin.

When you finish swimming, take a shower to remove all chlorine on your body. Use a swimmer’s shampoo to neutralize and remove chlorine on your hair.

Then wash your body with a swimmer’s body wash to remove chlorine off your skin, relieve irritated skin, eliminate the unpleasant chlorine smell, and hydrate dry skin.

If you got your face sunburned, we recommend using a swim and sun face wash to relieve dry and sunburned skin, hydrate dry skin, and eliminate pool chemicals and sea salts that remain on your face.

We hope you found this information helpful. If you put all of this information into action, it’ll help protect both your skin and hair from chlorine in a pool.