ABC15 in Arizona reports on how to protect yourself from chlorine this summer. Experts at Arizona’s Integrated Health Center say that, “Chlorine even in small amounts, can be harmful over time leading to irritated skin, rashes and even premature aging.”
Before you swim, the center recommends:
Wet your skin with fresh water
Use a pre-swimming lotion
These steps, they claim, create a barrier between your skin and the chlorinated water.
If you spend extended amounts of time in the swimming pool, it’s hard (if not impossible) to keep the chlorine from attaching to your body. We recommend using our anti-chlorine products after you swim to make sure you get the chlorine off after swimming.
What is a good soap to remove chlorine from your skin?
Look for soaps that have two qualities:
They are made for swimmers and have chlorine removing ingredients in them.
Moisturizing. A good soap will have a high content of glycerin which will moisturize your skin.
Chlorine is drying and you need to get it off after swimming. Find a soap that both neutralizes chlorine and moisturizes your skin. This is the best possible combination. See our bar soaps here.
What’s a good face wash for swimmers?
The most gentle and moisturizing products make for a good face wash. If you like to use soap, our handmade soaps are terrific. If you prefer a liquid soap, try our protect shower gel.
Why is it important to get rid of all the chlorine off the skin after swimming?
Chlorine is drying and damaging to your skin. The health benefits of chlorinated swimming pools are undisputed, however leaving chlorine on your skin after swimming is irritating. For people with sensitive skin, this residual chlorine can cause itchy skin, or a rash (commonly called “chlorine rash”).
How to remove the smell of chlorine from skin?
The smell of chlorine on your skin, is actually residual chlorine left on your skin after swimming. You need to remove the chlorine in order to remove the smell. This is harder than it seems because chlorine has a tenacious way of sticking around. Use a product that is made to remove chlorine like our body wash for swimmers.
What’s the best chlorine neutralizing soap?
Look for soap that is made with special ingredients to neutralize chlorine. Both our bar soaps and shower gels are made to remove chlorine after swimming. It really comes down to a preference between soap and shower gel. We find taking shower gel to the pool is easiest and using soap between swims at home is the most convenient solution.
How do you not smell like chlorine after swimming?
Smelling like chlorine long after swimming is proof that there is still chlorine on your body. In order to stop smelling like chlorine, you have to get the chlorine off after swimming. Use products like anti-chlorine shower gel to get the chlorine off after swimming.
Chlorine is sanitizing and drying. After prolonged and repeated exposure, it will damage your hair and skin. How much chlorine irritates you depends on how sensitive you are to it. For instance, if you have light blonde and fine hair, the chlorine may turn your hair a greenish tint. Or you may have sensitive skin, and exposure to chlorine will cause you to develop a rash. This condition is commonly known as “chlorine rash”.
Because everyone is a little different, there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution to dealing with chlorine. In this article we will give you all of our best information, so you can make a good decision about which products will work for you.
Recommendations for your Body
Shower Gel – Our shower gel is perfect for gently removing chlorine from your body after swimming. This product works well for most people and is our most sought after product. It gently removes the chlorine that has stuck to you while swimming. You will notice after using this product you no longer smell like chlorine which is proof the chlorine is gone.
Lotion – Chlorine drys out your skin and our lotion returns this lost moisture to your skin. It also contains chlorine neutralizing agents in case you missed some spots in the shower. If you have problems with dry skin after swimming, you’ll love our lotion.
Soap – We recommend using our soap at home between swims. Our soap is highly emollient (moisturizing) and washes off easily. It contains chlorine neutralizing ingredients to make sure the chlorine stays off.
Spray – If you have super-sensitive skin and want our strongest chlorine neutralizing product, then our anti-chlorine spray is for you. It can be used on your hair and skin before showering. Rinse off before using our other products.
Recommendations for your Hair
Conditioner – This is the product we recommend for everybody and this single product works well for most people. Yes it may seem a little weird not using shampoo after swimming, but consider this: Your hair has already been cleaned by the chlorine, and you’ve lost lots of moisture. What you need is to very gently remove the chlorineand return some of the lost moisture to your hair. Our conditioner does all of this. We recommend first trying only our conditioner after swimming and see how it works for you.
Styling Protectant / Leave-in Conditioner – If the chlorine really dries out your hair or if you use heat to style your hair, then you may consider our styling protectant and leave-in conditioner. It can also be used as a pre-treatment before swimming if you wear a latex cap.
Putty – If you use a hair wax or hair gel, then you may consider using our hair putty. It is a strong hold hair wax that also contains chlorine neutralizing ingredients. The big bonus to this product is that it also adds some oils back into your hair and keeps it looking healthy and feeling good. A pro tip: it can also be used as a pre-treatment before swimming if you wear a latex cap.
Shampoo – Ours is a highly-specialized shampoo that removes chlorine in the most difficult hair. Our shampoo isn’t for everyone, but if your hair doesn’t play well with chlorine and you need to get it out, then consider using our shampoo. If you are more of a ‘normal’ hair person, then try using only our conditioner.
Spray – This is our strongest chlorine removing product. If the chlorine turns your hair green, or if chlorine causes severe damage to your hair you may consider using our spray, then follow with our conditioner and possibly our styling protectant.
Prevent Chlorine From Damaging Your Hair
The old saying goes: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. And it’s true. Although there is no foolproof way to keep chlorine off your hair, these tips will help minimize the damage.
Tap Water – Before swimming soak your hair in the shower. You hair will absorb the shower water and make it much harder for the pool water to get in. Think of your hair like a sponge. Once your hair absorbs this water it’s much less likely that more will get in. And yes, shower water does have chlorine in it, but much less than the pool water.
Pre-treatment – After wetting your hair, apply our anti-chlorine conditioner, styling protectant, or hair putty. These products will all help to create a barrier to the pool water. Don’t bother with this step if you don’t wear a latex swimming cap.
Latex Swimming Cap – Wear a latex swimming cap. It acts as a physical barrier and helps keep the swimming pool water away from your hair. This won’t completely keep the pool water out, but it willreduce the amount of pool water that gets on your hair.
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There is so much to love about swimming. Whether you’re a competitive elite athlete, or a recreational swimmer the weightless feeling of gliding through the water may never grow old. Thankfully, you’re gliding through sanitized water.
It’s a love-hate relationship we have with chlorine. I think I’m speaking for swimmers throughout the world when I say we love it that chlorine keeps our swimming pool water clean, and we hate how chlorine makes us feel after swimming.
For most of us, we experience dry, itchy skin and can smell the chlorine on our skin long after getting out of the pool. It seems that no matter how many times we shower, the chlorine odor just has a way of hanging around.
This is the tenacious nature of chlorine. It bonds tightly to any organic matter, and you are one hunk of an organic matter, so chlorine has a serious attraction to you.
While most swimmers experience only dry, itchy skin, others have a much more severe reaction to chlorine. Chlorine irritates some swimmers so badly they develop a rash commonly known as “chlorine rash” or formally as “irritant contact dermatitis”. These swimmers are so sensitive to chlorine that coming in contact with it causes them to develop a rash.
Whether or not you develop a chlorine rash after swimming, you probably do notice you have dry, itchy skin to some degree and you’ve certainly smelled the lingering chlorine odor. This is proof positive that the chlorine is still on you.
All of our products are designed to gently remove chlorine from your hair and skin. So no matter what you choose to use, our products will get the chlorine off. For your skin, we recommend using an anti-chlorine shower gel or soap after swimming. These products contain ingredients that neutralize chlorine and are formulated to gently wash it away. There’s no need for harsh detergents after becoming super-clean in the swimming pool. The goal here is just to get the chlorine off, right?
After using either a soap or shower gel, we recommend using a swimming-specific lotion. Our lotion has some chlorine-neutralizing goodness in it, and as importantly, it is packed with moisturizers. Using our lotion after swimming is the next best thing to actually being in the swimming pool. It just feels so good to put it on knowing that the chlorine is simply evaporating and the moisture is being returned to your body.
ELITE anti-chlorine lotion for swimmers is the perfect moisturizer after swimming. It contains Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter and our expert blend of chlorine neutralizing ingredients.
How will you know that this lotion works? It’s simple: The irritating symptoms of dry, itchy skin and the lingering chlorine odor will simply be gone. Swimming just became a little more enjoyable. Have fun out there!
Swimming World’s college intern Olivia McKelvey raises the question: Is Chlorine Hurting Swimmers More than it is Helping Them?
Her conclusion is there are some real and at least annoying health consequences of swimming, but the health benefits outweigh the problems. Avid swimmers have dealt with these issues since the use of chlorine in swimming pools.
She outlines three issues: 1. Asthma or “Chlorine Cough”, 2. Dry skin and 3. Decaying teeth.
Here’s an interesting excerpt from her article, “One particular study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that swimmers are at a higher risk for bronchial hyperactivity (also known as asthma) when they are exposed to chloramines. In fact, other statistics estimate that one-third of all elite swimmers have full-blown asthma, 80 percent of which began after they took up swimming.”
You can read her article in full below.
One of the most common problems swimmers deal with is dry, itchy skin (or sometimes called “chlorine rash”). People with especially sensitive skin will notice it the most, but everyone who swims must deal with dry skin to some extent or another.
Can you smell chlorine on your skin hours after swimming and does your skin feel dry and itchy? Yep, that’s the chlorine. Of course we are all super happy that the chlorine is in the pool, but let’s leave it in the swimming pool after we are finished swimming.
How do elite swimmers deal with this day in an day out? They use specialized products that remove chlorine. Goodbye Chlorine manufactures high quality products made just for swimmers. Our products instantly removes chlorine and is made to keep you feeling and looking amazing.
Take a look at our buyer’s guide here if you are unsure about which brand to buy. We make products depending on how often you are in the pool.
Our ELITE products are made for swimmers who are in the pool more than 5 times a week:
Whether you are just headed to the pool to relax, or for a serious workout, one thing is certain: When you are finished at the pool you’ll be reminded of it by the chlorine smell. How is it that after swimming chlorine has a way of just hanging around?
It’s the nature of chlorine. It’s a terrific sanitizer and clings on to all organic matter (read: you).
There is one secret that elite swimmers have and that’s how to get rid of chlorine after swimming and keep the chlorine smell confined to the swimming pool.
Avid and elite swimmers use personal care products specially made to remove chlorine.
In addition to a bunch of other personal care products, we make chlorine removal body wash for swimmers.
Our products are made in different strengths depending on what you need. Here’s the break down of each brand.
ELITE is made for elite athletes who are in the swimming pool more than 5 times per week.
Goodbye Chlorine is for fitness fanatics who are in the swimming pool up to 5 times per week.
Swimmer Kids is for kids who are learning to, or who love to swim.
Protect is for health nuts who want extra protection from chlorine in their daily lives.
One essential in every swimmer’s bag is soap. In this article we discuss:
What you should look for in a swimmer’s soap.
Alternative products to soap that you should consider.
Products that work well in combination with chlorine removing soaps.
You may be asking if soap removes chlorine? The answer is: yes it does, and here are soaps made just for swimmers.
What makes a good soap for swimmers?
When looking for soap that removes chlorine, find those that are made for swimmers. Swimming-specific soaps have special ingredients that neutralize chlorine. Quality soaps are also gentle and moisturizing.
Has these features:
Neutralize and gently wash away chlorine.
Moisturize your skin.
Chlorine is a tale of two stories. We are happy that it is sanitizing the swimming pool, but unhappy about wearing it around all day after swimming.
It’s a fact of a swimmer’s life, they have to deal with chlorine. Swimmers who want to look and smell like a normal person after swimming seek products that remove chlorine.
What alternatives are there to soap for swimmers?
When it comes to skin care for swimmers, there are a few alternatives to using soap.
Here are two products you should consider:
Shower Gel — Our anti-chlorine shower gel is highly effective at removing chlorine. It’s a product you should at least consider. Our customers often will use the shower gel at the swimming pool and the soap at home between swims.
ELITE: For competitive athletes who are in the swimming pool more than 5 times per week.
Goodbye Chlorine: For avid swimmers who are in the swimming pool up to 5 times per week.
Swimmer Kids: For kids who love to, or who are learning to swim.
Protect: For people who want extra protection from chlorine.
Our soap is one of the most effective ways of removing chlorine after swimming. Use it in combination with our other products for maximum results.
What product do we recommend to use with soap?
Try our anti-chlorine lotion made for swimmers. It returns moisture to you skin that was lost to the chlorine in the swimming pool, and it also neutralizes chlorine just in case you missed any spots in the shower with the soap.
We make moisturizing skin lotion and hair conditioners for swimmers. If you would like to see these moisturizers for swimmers then follow these links: lotion and conditioner. See our buyer’s guide to find out which product line is best for you. Otherwise, keep reading.
Chlorine makes your hair and skin dry
If you’re swimming, you’re most likely swimming in a chlorinated swimming pool. It’s by far the most used method of sanitizing swimming pool and is very effective. That sanitizing effect, however, has it’s side effects. The most common complaint of avid swimmers is they have dry hair and skin (and smell like chlorine).
You’re not alone if you’ve been a frequent swimmer and have noticed your hair and skin becoming dry. “Swimmer’s hair” or dry, brittle and crunchy hair is a common swimmer stereotype not to mention that swimmers often smell like the same chlorinated swimming pool they use. What’s also common but not talked about as much is dry skin.
Chlorine irritates the skin of many swimmers. Some people call this “chlorine rash”. Whatever you call it: a rash, eczema, or dry skin, it’s terribly uncomfortable. Dry, itchy skin caused by chlorine can drive you crazy.
So here is what happens. Chlorine bonds to organic matter. This is how it sanitizes the water. And guess what? You are large organic matter. It follows then, that when you jump into the pool, chlorine bonds to you.
This chlorine bond s not easy to break. Have you ever thought that to get the chlorine off you will just take a longer, more thorough shower? And were you disappointed by the results? Of course, because chlorine forms a strong bond with your hair and skin. It has a way of just hanging around. The proof that chlorine is still on you is that you smell like the swimming pool long after getting out of it.
Frustrating indeed. Instead of taking super long showers, what you need are products designed to release the chlorine bond and gently wash away the left over chemicals.
Moisturizer for Swimmers, lotion and conditioner
These are great moisturizers for swimmers: Our lotion and hair conditioners are designed to neutralize chlorine (and bromine), balance pH, and return moisture to your hair and skin.
These products contain moisturizers including Olive Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Cacao Seed Butter and She Butter as well as conditioners that quickly return moisture to your hair and skin.
The combination of: neutralizing chlorine, balancing pH and returning moisture makes these products ideal for avid swimmers.
If you’ve spent any time in a chlorinated swimming pool, you already know that chlorine has a way of just sticking around. You may have tried showering and washing multiple time, but somehow you just end up smelling like chlorine.
Your skin may feel dry or itch, and when you sweat a chlorine odor oozes from your pores. Your hair may turn dry and brittle (otherwise known as swimmer’s hair)–or even worse turn a shade of green.
Until now, swimmers have tolerated these negative effects of chlorine.
What products should I use to get the chlorine off?
In order to get the chlorine off, you should use products formulated to reduce and gently remove chlorine. Goodbye Chlorine’s experts have spent years perfecting formulations that all work to remove chlorine from swimmers after leaving the pool.
As you may already know, regular soap doesn’t do a very good job of getting the chlorine off. Our soap works best at home between swims to help continue removing any residual chlorine you may have missed at the pool. Of course you can use our soaps at the pool, we just find shower gel more convenient to carry. Our soap works because it’s contains special chlorine reducing agents that break the chlorine bond.
Anti-chlorine shower gel is our go-to after swim product. It can be used on your skin and hair. It’s highly effective at removing chlorine and gentle enough to use every day. Make sure you have some in your swim bag at all times.
Goodbye Chlorine shampoo will help keep your hair looking healthy. It’s a gentle shampoo and helps tame hard to manage hair. Like all of our products, our shampoo effectively removes chlorine from your hair.
Our conditioner is swimmer’s secret weapon to keeping their hair looking “normal”. No longer do swimmers have to look like platinum blonde porcupines. Our conditioner moisturizes your hair, and provides plenty of slip to assist with comb-out. You won’t believe how easy it is to maintain good-looking hair when regularly using our conditioner.
Our spray is best used if you have fine blonde hair, or a hyper-sensitivity to chlorine. Use our spray on your hair and skin and follow with our shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. Our spray works well if you are trying to repair damaged “swimmer’s hair”.