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Swimming and Chlorine: Protect your Skin and Hair from Damage


One of the most popular summer activities is swimming. It’s a refreshing activity and perfect for beating the heat during this time of year. But what about your hair and skin? Chlorine is a harsh chemical that can dry out your body from head to toe if you’re not careful. In today’s blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to protect yourself against chlorine damage so you can enjoy all summer has to offer.

Let’s take a look at these tips.

1.Shower Before

Before you get in the pool, take a minute to shower off. If your hair is still wet when you get into the water, it will absorb more chlorine and dry out faster. This can turn what should be a fun time with family and friends into an unpleasant experience for everyone. If you want to protect your skin, wear a swimsuit that offers sun protection. You should also apply sunscreen generously before getting into the pool.

Remember, even if it is cloudy out or early in the day, stepping outside can be tricky because UV rays are still strong enough to burn exposed skin. Sunscreen will help block those rays and keep your family safe from harmful radiation while they are having fun at the pool or beach.

2.Coat Your Hair

At the beginning of your swim, coat your hair in conditioner or sea salt. This will help protect it from chlorine damage and keep it soft. The end of a pool is often very hot, so be sure to rinse it out after you get out. Saltwater also helps repel chlorine. You should use shampoo for swimmers to protect against hair damage.

3.Shower After

Always shower after swimming. Showering before you go in the water will do nothing to protect your skin and hair from chlorine damage because the chemical is already on your body. Once it’s time for your swim, wash off all of that residual shampoo with a quick rinse-off shower so you can get into freshwater as soon as possible. 

Protecting yourself against chlorine damage requires spending some quality time under running water (preferably warm) every single day you spend at the pool or beach this summer—and even more often if you’re planning on taking an extended vacation by saltwater coasts where there’s a higher risk of sunburns.

4.Apply Moisturizer

If you are spending time in an indoor pool, your skin will dry out quickly. Applying a moisturizing lotion after swimming will protect skin from chlorine effects on your skin. Sunscreen: Even if you are not planning any outdoor activities following your swim session, it is still essential that you apply sunscreen. Chlorine can still be absorbed through your pores and cause damage even hours later. 

5.Don’t make things worse

When you get out of the pool, rinse off with clean water. Chlorine can dry your skin and hair. Don’t use lotions or sunscreens while still in chlorine because they will mix to form toxic chemicals on your skin.

We hope that this guide helps you in protecting yourself from the chlorine present in the water.

David Smith