Tuesday, June 29, 2021


By Holly Clark

in a Swimming Pool

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Chlorine's ability to decontaminate a pool is its main function. This process also causes depletion of the pool's water, which can cause skin and hair damage. Chlorine weakens the hair and skin by drying it out and often leaves some staining on the body. Some people get irritations from chlorine because it acts as a drying agent for their skin, causing dehydration which causes a rash. It can also cause an allergic reaction in certain individuals.

Here are some tips to protect your skin and hair from chlorine:

Shower before and after swimming

The best way to protect your hair and skin from the chlorine in a swimming pool is to shower first because both wet hair and skin are less likely to absorb water with chlorine than if they are already wet.

Taking a shower after swimming may help reduce skin irritation, as well as protect your hair from damage that can occur from prolonged exposure to chlorine.

Rub a protective layer on your hair

A good way to protect your hair from chlorine is by adding a few drops of conditioner or a natural oil beforehand. This will coat the strands with a barrier that prevents chlorine from penetrating the hairs and damaging them while still allowing you to rinse out easily when you're done.

Another option would be going swimming without any shampoo or conditioner at all, just rinsing with water after getting out of the pool. This would help avoid buildup, but it may also give you a chance to sweat and build up on your scalp as well.

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Wear a Swim Cap to Protect Hair From Chlorine

The majority of pool owners can attest to the fact that chlorinated water is not good for hair. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, "swimming in chlorinated pools can cause dried-out and brittle hair, scalp irritation, dry scalps, and seborrheic dermatitis." Haircare experts also claim that chlorine damages hair follicles and prevents strands from absorbing moisture. If you want to protect your hair from chlorine when you swim in a pool, wear a swim cap.

Apply Lotion Before and after Swimming

When swimming in a pool, it's important to apply lotion before entering the water. The chlorine in pools can dry up your skin. In order to keep your skin hydrated, you should apply some oil-based lotion before going into the water.

Sunscreen is a popular choice because it's an oil-based formula that doesn't clog pores and leaves a protective film on the skin. It also offers SPF protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays that may cause cancer and premature aging.

After swimming in a pool, your skin will need more than a quick rinse. Swimming pools can be contaminated with chlorine and other dangerous chemicals. This can cause sensitive skin to become red, itchy, and dry. To protect your skin, you should always use a moisturizer after you rinse to lock in moisture and neutralize any remaining chlorine present on the skin.

Alternatively, you could switch your pool to a saltwater pool. Saltwater pool maintenance is easier than chlorine and salt water is far more beneficial for your skin.

If using a chlorinated pool is your only option, then following these steps to protect your skin and hair from chlorine will help prevent any further damage, especially if you’re in the pool frequently this summer. Even if you’re not allergic to chlorine, it’s a good idea to wash it off thoroughly and take strong measures to ensure it doesn’t sit on your hair and skin for long periods of time.

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