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Swimmers’ Hair and Skin Care: Recommendations, Tips and Deals

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Goodbye Chlorine manufactures anti-chlorine products for swimmers’ hair and skin. Click here to see our entire product line, or our buyer’s guide.

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Who is this for?

If you’ve arrived to this page, you are probably wondering how to remove chlorine from your body and hair. If so, you’ve found the right place.

We are experts at removing chlorine and on this page we will give you our product recommendations, tips and tell you how to purchase our products at the best discount.

Chlorine is Sanitizing and Damaging

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

  1. 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 chlorine and 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Best Product Deals

We sell our products exclusively on our website. The best discount is to buy our bundled products.

  1. Better Together – For people who want to buy shampoo and conditioner combos.
  2. Great Value Bundles – For people who want shower gel, shampoo and conditioner combos.
  3. Recommended Bundles – For people who would like to follow our recommendations on this page.
  4. Super Bundle – For people who want just about everything we offer, and want to get our best deal.

Other Useful Information

Check out our shipping and handling and return policies. If you have questions, please contact us.

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Moisturizer for Swimmers: What to use after swimming in chlorine.

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Goodbye Chlorine manufactures anti-chlorine products for swimmers’ hair and skin. Click here to see our entire product line, or our buyer’s guide.

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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.

Chlorine rash develops when some swimmers come in contact with chlorine . This condition is also known as "irritant contact dermatitis".
Chlorine rash develops on some swimmers when they come in contact with chlorine. This condition is also known as “irritant contact dermatitis”.

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.

Medical News Today recommends prevention and treatment that includes “a body wash or lotion that has been designed to remove or protect against chlorine”.

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?

Anti-Chlorine Lotion is the perfect moisturizer after swimming.

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.

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!

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Chlorine: The Silent Assassin

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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:

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Moisturizer for Swimmers: How avid swimmers keep their skin and hair moisturized.

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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.

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.

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Swimmer’s Hair: How to prevent chlorine from damaging your hair.

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When it comes to swimmer’s hair, an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” as Benjamin Franklin said. The best ounce of prevention to avoid “swimmer’s hair” is the good ol’ swim cap.

Use a swim cap to prevent “swimmers’ hair”

Coincidentally, a latex swim cap weighs in at about an ounce. Putting on a swim cap is easiest when you fill it with water and dump it over your head. Use tap water from the shower if possible. Yeah, we hear you, most avid swimmers just dip the cap in the pool and dump it on, but if it’s swimmer’s hair prevention you want, the best is to use tap water.

So how does it work? First, the tap water is absorbed into your hair making it more difficult for your hair to absorb the pool water. Finally, the swim cap provides a physical barrier between your hair and the pool water, and helps to keep it out.

It helps, but it won’t completely keep the pool water out. Let’s be realistic, you’re swimming in the pool. Pool water is going to find itself into every nook and cranny of your body. And over time, the accumulation of chlorine will do what it’s best at and dry out your hair.

Use conditioner to prevent “swimmers’ hair”

There are other ways to prevent chlorine from damaging your hair.

If you want to keep your hair looking good, you’ll need more than just a swim cap. Our all-time favorite product is our anti-chlorine conditioner. You can apply some before you put on a swimming cap, and use this product after swimming in the shower. It neutralizes and gently removes chlorine as well as returns moisture into your hair. It’s an excellent product and we’re sure you will get great results with it.

We sell our conditioner in shampoo and conditioner packs, so if you want a discount by purchasing them bundled check this link out.

There are two videos below: One that is a fun video 12 Ways to Put on a Swim Cap, and a serious video about putting on a swim cap with long hair. Enjoy!

Fun video: 12 Ways to Put on a Swim Cap
On a more serious note: Putting on a Swim Cap if You Have Long Hair. (and you can use a pre-swim conditioner as well)