Imagine that you are spending a hot summer day having fun at the water park.
Just picturing yourself hitting the waves and the slides can make you sway with joy.
If you are a regular pool person, swimming becomes your favorite workout.
Swimming offers many health benefits, which makes it a therapeutic sport, as well.
These include improved cardiovascular activity, toning the muscles, eliminating joint pain and burning out unnecessary body fat.
Other than improving one’s physical health, it inspires you to streamline your thought process and keeps you motivated during the hard times.
But, unfortunately, the pool water is not as therapeutic for your skin as well as your hair.
Table of Contents
- 1 Chlorine In The Pool Water Hampers Your Skin And Hair, Here Is How
- 2 Use These Simple Tips To Rescue Your Skin And Combat The Chlorine
- 2.1 A. Prepare Your Skin Before You Go Swimming
- 2.2 B. Fight Off The Chlorine Stuck To Your Skin After The Swim
- 3 Help Your Hair, Get Rid Of The Chlorine By Following These Easy Fundamentals
- 3.1 A. Follow These Steps As A Pre-swim Routine
- 3.2 B. Wash Off The Chlorine From Hair, Once You Are Out Of The Pool
- 4 A Swimmer’s Do’s And Don’ts
- 5 Relax! Now, You Are A Beauty Pro At Swimming!
Chlorine In The Pool Water Hampers Your Skin And Hair, Here Is How
I just love swimming!
I mean, who doesn’t like soaking in some soothing water during a vacation?
And my first preference has always been a hotel with a good pool.
But, indoor swimming has a major downside.
CLORINATED POOL WATER!
When you are swimming in confined pools, the harsh chemicals such as chlorine, in the pool water can harm you.
No doubt, chlorine helps to disinfect the pool water, but I simply cannot rule out the bad things it does to my skin and hair!
Chlorine in the pool acts as a strong acts as a strong oxidizing agent, which reacts with other substances in our body and stimulates formation of free radicals. These free radicals are responsible for damaging cells, lipids and proteins.
Regular exposure to chlorine can lead to:
- Along with asthma and other disorders
The bleaching effect of chlorine robs all the moisture and natural oil of your hair as well as your skin. As a consequence, you might develop a severe acne breakout.
It freaks me out when I think about all the harm the chlorine in the pool is causing to my body.
- Itchy skin, which might develop rashes
- Dry and flaky skin
- Allergic reaction, especially on sensitive skin
- Skin Tanning
- Wrinkles and fine lines, as a result of premature aging
- Dry and itchy scalp
- Discolored or bleached hair
- Frizzy hair that lacks shine and volume
- Hair that smell of bleach
Weak and brittle hair, which break easily.
But, all this should not stop you from hitting the pool to shed off those extra pounds, right?
Do not worry!
I am summarizing some tips for you on how to care for your skin and hair before and after your swimming sessions.
Use These Simple Tips To Rescue Your Skin And Combat The Chlorine
We are women!
And being women, we know how specific we become when it comes to our skin.
Everyone has a different skin type and this is why, our skincare regime might differ, as well.
Chlorine in the pool can cause skin irritation and make it extremely dry by taking away all its moisture.
It’s alarming to know that anyone with a sensitive skin may receive the maximum impact of such a condition.
So, it is necessary to take precautions prior to hitting the pool as well as to treat your skin after you are done swimming.
A. Prepare Your Skin Before You Go Swimming
If you want to shield your skin from any damage that can happen because of the chlorine in the pool, or the salt in the oceans, for that matter; you need to take some precautions.
All you need to do is:
1. Take a shower before heading for the pool
Skin oils, perspiration, impurities and cosmetics present on your skin can react abruptly with chlorine. This can lead to skin irritation.
Make it a point to rinse yourself from head to toe, before you take a dive.
A shower will keep your skin hydrated for longer times.
This can prevent the absorption of chemicals (or salt) in the skin.
Swimming pools often have a shower nearby, which can be used before going into the pool.
2. Slather some sunscreen or a moisturizer on your body
Waterproof your skin by applying a generous amount of sunscreen lotion having a preferred SPF, while swimming in an outdoor pool.
The SPF acts as a protective shield and discourages the Chlorine in the water from tanning your skin in direct sunlight.
These natural sunscreens protect your skin by developing a slightly acidic pH, which fights off bacteria and viruses.
I prefer a sunscreen lotion that has SPF30 or higher.
3. Sip on a lot of water
Our body acts like a sponge. When there is not enough water in the body, swimming in the pool can cause the pool water and the soluble Chlorine in it to get absorbed in the skin.
To eliminate this, keep in mind to stay hydrated before as well as after hitting the pool.
Drink a lot of water as many times you come out of the pool and go back again.
B. Fight Off The Chlorine Stuck To Your Skin After The Swim
Aftercare is as much important as taking precautions for your skin while swimming.
Once you are back from the pool, you need to wash away all the chlorine or salt that has adhered to your skin, before it can get absorbed and starts ruining your skin.
Here is what you can do:
1. Take a hot water shower immediately
As soon as you come out of the pool, don’t be a lazy girl!
Otherwise, you will have to pay off badly.
Start off with a warm shower, which will open up the pores of your skin. This helps in thorough cleansing.
Once done, take a cool shower, which tighten the pores of your skin to retain its moisture.
2. Cleanse yourself with a mild shower gel
Use a mild shower gel on your skin after swimming, along with cold or lukewarm water.
Rinse your entire body along with your feet and toes.
If you swim regularly, it is good to invest in a good anti-chlorine soap to eliminate the chlorine.
Use a clean and soft loofah to lather the shower gel on your body.
3. Dry off your creases by applying some talc
Use this tip just like mothers do for their babies!
Apply a little talc to crease areas such as armpits.
The talc absorbs the moisture left in these creases, which might cause skin irritation, skin breaking and rashes, especially when the water is chlorinated.
Talc neutralizes the residual Chlorine that is left behind on your skin, even after a shower.
4. Smother a lot of moisturizer to help hydrate your skin
Moisturizing your skin is a rule of the thumb for any swimmers skin care routine.
Apply good amount of a suitable moisturizing lotion on your skin as soon as you pat dry after the shower.
This will lock the moisture in the skin, saving it from getting dry.
5. Spray Vitamins on your skin to neutralize the Chlorine
Use this tip just like mothers do for their babies!
Antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E bind to the Chlorine that is left on the skin and make it inactive to cause skin damage.
You can spray a topical vitamin spray available in the market or make your own by mixing these in a spray bottle:
- Vitamin C Powder – 1 cup
- Rose Water / Filtered water – 2 cups
But, along with your skin, your hair, too, needs to fight off the chlorine.
And how can that be done?
Let’s find out.
Help Your Hair, Get Rid Of The Chlorine By Following These Easy Fundamentals
How do you maintain perfectly tamed tresses along with a hot swimmer’s physique?
The chlorine in the water can do as much harm to your hair as it can do to your skin.
While this might seem like a tricky question, the answer to it is as simple as ABC!!
Here are some pre-swim and post-swim tips to keep your hair chlorine-free.
A. Follow These Steps As A Pre-swim Routine
Just like your skin, your hair needs pre-care from the bombardment of chlorine it is going to receive, while you are in the pool.
So, be smart and put a lid on that green chemical!
1. Weave your long hair into braids
Braiding your hair keeps your tresses tangle-free and lets you enjoy the swimming session.
While most of the hair is hidden in the braid, the exposure to the Chlorine in the pool is drastically reduced.
2. Have a thorough shower
Take a nice and long shower before diving into the pool.
Make sure to rinse your hair thoroughly as this will not only wash away any impurities in your hair, but will also put a protective covering of chlorine-free water on each and every strand of your hair.
3. Condition your tresses
You have done this for your skin already!
Don’t let the chlorine add a peacock green tint to your hair. Save them by applying a hair moisturizer.
You can use natural products to form a protective layer on your locks. These can be:
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Jojoba oil
4. Swimming cap: your protective agent, in disguise
If you have been thinking that swimming caps are only used to save your hair from getting wet in the pool, then YOU ARE WRONG!
Always keep a swimming cap handy when you plan for the pool, just in case you don’t get a chance to hit the shower before taking a dip.
This will keep the chlorine at bay, without wasting any time on the pre-care routine.
B. Wash Off The Chlorine From Hair, Once You Are Out Of The Pool
The moment you are out of the pool, run, run, run!
Save Your Hair!
The swimming aftercare is the most important part of haircare.
Regain natural and confident hair by keeping in mind these simple practices:
1. Wash your hair and scalp rigorously
Use a sulphate-free shampoo while washing your hair after the pool session.
This will capture and throw away all the chlorine that your hair has gathered.
I always soak my hair for a good 5 minutes, so that no chlorine is left behind in my hair follicles.
If need be, use the shampoo, twice.
2. Use Apple Cider Vinegar To Cleanse Your Hair
If you want to be 100% sure, there is no Chlorine residue left behind, use the hack-master “Apple Cider Vinegar”. (I am sure you have read about it being used in many home remedies.)
Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. Just pour it directly on every strand of your hair.
It helps your hair to fight dullness as well as copper, salt and other contaminants found in the pool, which might damage your hair.
3. Apply a deep conditioner or a moisturizer
You have done this for your skin already!
A leave-in conditioner or moisturizing oil like Argan oil will help to repair any damage that has been caused by the chlorinated water.
A natural or organic product is highly recommended.
Follow these easy-to-do steps whenever you are going for a swim.
But, if you are a regular swimmer, follow them religiously and be the Queen In The Water!!
A Swimmer’s Do’s And Don’ts
Here are a few more things to pay attention to, for the love of your skin and hair.
- You can ask the concerned authority and check if the pool has chlorine-alternatives such as mineral purifiers. If it does, you are lucky!
- Always prefer swimming in outdoor pools as the chlorine on the surface of the water continuously reacts with the outside environment. This lessens it’s time to interact with your skin.
- Do not remain in the pool for more than 2-3 hours. This will help minimize the damage.
- Pre-plan your swimming sessions so that you get the time to go through your beauty routine.
- Keep your swim wear clean. Soak them in a tablespoon of vinegar added to a small bucket of water to get rid of the Chlorine smell.
- Avoid using a hair drier and always pat dry your hair.
Relax! Now, You Are A Beauty Pro At Swimming!
You are now, free from dull and brittle hair, irritated skin and a bad pool tan.
Looking after your body by using a good shampoo, moisturizing your skin and taking showers both, before and after you go for a dive, always proves to be fruitful.
But, as Natalie Coughlin, a 34-year old Olympic medalist says,
“Healthy eating and taking care of your body, is what you need the most for good skin, good hair and good nails.”