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Skin Care for Swimmers: Everything you wanted to know about getting chlorine off of your body.

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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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What is a good soap to remove chlorine from your skin?

Look for soaps that have two qualities:

  1. They are made for swimmers and have chlorine removing ingredients in them.
  2. 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.

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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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Smells Like Chlorine on Twitter

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The familiar smell of chlorine at the pool brings back strong memories for many. Smelling like the pool? A completely different story.

Here are some tweets that will shed some light on what people think about the smell of chlorine.

Our work is not done here.
You can now take one of your criteria of the list. Our new slogan: Making more relationships.
Where should we begin? Maybe here?
Very cool, now just leave the smell  at the pool.

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Chlorine Removal Body Wash for Swimmers

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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.

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.

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Swimming Every Day? Three Chlorine Protection Tips You Need to Know.

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If you are like other people who are swimming every day, you are probably wondering: How do I get the chlorine off?

Although simmers are happy the chlorine keeps the swimming pool sanitized, they would rather not have it on their skin and hair once they leave the pool.

It’s an age-old problem swimmers have dealt with. Read on, and we’ll give you our top Three Chlorine Protection Tips You Need to Know.

Protect Your Hair Prior to Swimming

  • Wet your hair completely in the shower before swimming. You hair is like a sponge. Let it soak up as much tap water as possible. Yes, most tap water has some amount of chlorine in it, but much lower levels than the swimming pool. Once your hair is soaked with tap water, the pool water has a more difficult time getting to your hair.
  • Apply a natural oil such as coconut oil or a hair conditioner to your wet hair. This will provide another level of protection from the pool water. Better yet, use a swimming-specific conditioner that works to neutralize chlorine.
  • Wear a swimming cap. While soaking your hair and applying an oil or conditioner gives some level of protection, a swimming cap provides a physical barrier. Pool water will still get underneath the swimming cap, but it will prevent the pool water from continually washing over your hair which greatly reduces the damage chlorine will cause.

Remove Chlorine After Swimming

  • One of the most important things to do, is to get the chlorine off immediately after swimming. While swimming, chlorine creates a strong bond to your hair. The best way to get it off is to use a swimming-specific shampoo or conditioner. These swimming-specific products are formulated to neutralize and remove chlorine.
  • Our favorite product is ELITE Conditioner. After years of trials, we perfected the conditioner. It has special ingredients to neutralize chlorine and return moisture to your hair. The conditioner also has nutrients necessary to rebuild hair that has been damaged by chlorine. ELITE Conditioner also provides excellent slip so you don’t further damage your hair when combing it out.

Use Chlorine-Neutralizing Products Away from the Pool

  • If you are swimming every day, then the battle with chlorine doesn’t end at the pool. Think about products that will gently neutralize chlorine, and moisturize your hair (and skin) away from the pool. Use swimming-specific soap, shampoo, conditioner and styling products at home as well.
  • One of our favorite products is Amaz’g. It’s a detangler plus chlorine neutralizer, heat protector, and leave-in conditioner. It’s one of the best products to use if you want to keep your hair protected from the chlorine.

Goodbye Chlorine is committed to manufacturing high-quality personal care products that make swimming more enjoyable by combating the damaging effects of chlorine. Shop for all of our chlorine removal products here.

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Body Wash After Swimming, What Elite Swimmers Use

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Goodbye Chlorine manufactures body wash for swimmers and other 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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Have you ever wondered how elite swimmers put up with the chlorine day in and day out? They use a specialized body wash after swimming.

Keep reading, we’ll tell you how elite swimmers manage chlorine and show you two of the best body wash products available to swimmers.

Have you tried everything to get the chlorine off?

I imagine you are like most swimmers and have tried just about everything to get the chlorine off after swimming. You’ve probably first tried washing extensively after swimming. Have you also tried a variety of D.Y.I. remedies like other swimmers?

The reason normal showers and D.Y.I. remedies don’t work is because chlorine sticks.

Chlorine sanitizes and sticks.

Chlorine is widely used in pools to sanitize the water. This is a good thing. Swimmers want the pool water clean and chlorine does an excellent job of cleaning it. When thinking of chlorine, think of bleach. It does a great job cleaning, but can quickly dry out your skin and damage your hair.

Chlorine levels in pools are deemed safe, however high exposures to chlorine gas can be harmful.

Organic matter acts like a magnet to chlorine. When you dive into the pool, chlorine is attracted to you. The more you swim, the more chlorine accumulates on you, and also the more sanitized you become. And sadly, the more negative effects of chlorine you will experience–like dry skin and damaged hair.

Swimming makes you super-clean.

Chlorinated pool water does a great job of cleaning, and after swimming, swimmers are super-clean. Showering with strong detergents will not remove chlorine and will only make your skin more dry and hair more damaged.

Use a Specialized Body Wash After Swimming.

The best thing to do after swimming is to use a swimming-specific body wash. Specialized products for swimmers are formulated to break the chlorine bond and gently remove the chlorine. Body washes for swimmers should:

  1. Break the Chlorine Bond. The first thing a great body wash should do is break the chlorine bond. Special formulations and ingredients will immediately reduce the chlorine which breaks the tight bond it has with your skin and hair.
  2. Gently wash away chlorine. A swimmer’s body wash should be mild. Harsh detergents and soaps are not necessary after swimming. Remember how clean chlorine makes swimmers? A good body wash for swimmers should be mild.
  3. Balance pH. Because chlorine is alkaline and your natural hair and skin is slightly acidic, a good shower gel should work to rebalance the pH of your hair and skin.

Shower Gel Elite Swimmers Use After Swimming

Elite swimmers know how damaging chlorine can be to their skin. And that’s why they use specialized products that combat dry, itchy skin. Here are two products you should consider:

ELITE Shower Gel for Swimmers.

ELITE Shower Gel, for elite athletes.

Anti-Chlorine Shower Gel for Swimmers.

Goodbye Chlorine Shower Gel, for fitness fanatics.

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How do swimmers get the chlorine off?

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You may have noticed that after swimming you smell like chlorine. No matter how hard you try the chlorine just sticks to you. You may have tried different types of soap, body wash and shampoo, but the chlorine just sticks. Many swimmers have tried D.I.Y. home remedies such as tomato juice, vinegar and even ketchup. But these methods don’t seem to work either. Help! Do you just want to get the chlorine off? Keep reading.

How do swimmers deal with chlorine?

Well,  some swimmers do put up with dry itchy skin and even the chlorine smell.  But if you would rather leave the chlorine in the pool and have hair that looks normal, then keep on reading.

Chlorine smells.

No doubt about it, chlorine smells. You can smell a swimming pool from a block away. Going to a swim meet? As you walk around looking for the pool, sometimes your nose is better than a GPS. Yup, that’s the pool, smells like chlorine.

Chlorine sticks.

Chlorine creates a strong bond with your skin and hair. As you swim, it tries to sterilize everything organic, and you are the largest chlorine magnet in the pool. Quite simply, chlorine loves swimmers and it creates a strong bond with them. After swimming, swimmer’s hair and skin are very clean, however, they also have lots of chlorine on them.

Chlorine is toxic.

Did you know the first chemical agent used in warfare was chlorine gas? Yes, it is a very toxic substance and can kill you. Itis deemed safe if used at levels prescribed for use in pools, but like any chemical, accumulation can raise these levels far above what health experts would like. Have you noticed how your eyes burn after exposure to the swimming pool, or how your skin gets dry and itchy. This is the effect of accumulation.

When chlorine accumulates on your hair, it will cause it to be dry, brittle and unmanageable. This is commonly called “swimmer’s hair” or “chlorine hair”.

What do you need to get chlorine off?

The key to getting chlorine off is to use products that break the chlorine bond and gently wash it away. You don’t need a strong soap, but you need a gentle soap designed to get the chlorine off.

Use these swimming-specific products to get the chlorine off after swimming:

  1. Soap or shower gel for your skin.
  2. Shampoo and conditioner for your hair.
  3. Chlorine neutralizing spray for your hair and skin if the chlorine is exceptionally bad.
  4. Styling products.
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This body wash gets the chlorine off after swimming.

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Using a body wash for swimmers is the best way to remove chlorine after swimming. But removing chlorine isn’t the only thing it should do.

Not all body wash is created equal.

No matter how hard you try, getting the chlorine smell off after swimming has been nearly impossible. Since the invention of public pools, swimmers have waged a battle with chlorine. Swimmers have a love-hate relationship with it: They love that the pool is sanitary, and hate that they smell like the pool at their evening dinner date.

With little success, people have tried all kinds of D.I.Y. remedies to get the chlorine off. They resort to D.I.Y. experiments because scrubbing with normal soap doesn’t work. No matter how hard you try, normal soap won’t do the trick.

Chlorine is exceptional at cleaning organic material from the pool, and when you jump in, you become the object of chlorine’s desire. Chlorine attracts to you like a magnet–and a strong one at that. Once attached, chlorine develops a very strong bond. This strong bond is impossible to release with normal soap and body wash.

What makes body wash for swimmers special?

Body wash for swimmers is made to release chlorine. Goodbye Chlorine formulates our products around chlorine releasing agents. Our top priority when formulating products is that they must neutralize chlorine. But that’s not the only important feature needed to make a good body wash for swimmers.

Our top priority when formulating products is that they must neutralize chlorine. But that’s not the only important feature needed to make a good body wash for swimmers.

Features of a good body wash for swimmers.

  • Releases Chlorine
    Normal soap does not have the ingredients to release chlorine. So no matter how hard you try with normal soap, chlorine won’t come off. A good body wash for swimmers neutralizes (or releases) chlorine left after swimming.
  • Removes Chlorine
    Body wash should also be formulated to easily wash away chlorine residue that has been released.
  • pH Balanced
    Chlorine is a very alkaline substance and that’s why you itch if chlorine dries on your skin. Body wash should work to restore a normal pH balance to your skin.
  • Gentle
    Lastly, a special body wash for swimmers should be gentle. Competitive swimmers workout multiple times a day and the shower gel should be gentle enough to use each time you swim.
Anti-Chlorine Shower Gel Instantly Removes Chlorine.
Protect Shower Gel
Swimmer Kids Shower Gel
Swimmer Kids Shower Gel
Anti-Chlorine Shower Gel for Swimmers.
Goodbye Chlorine Shower Gel
ELITE Shower Gel for Swimmers.
ELITE Shower Gel

In summary, a good body wash for swimmers should release and remove chlorine. It should be pH balanced. And lastly, it should be gentle.

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Spring Into a New Hair Color

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Spring motivates us to do lots of things, including getting a new hair color. Gina Rivera, founder of Phenix Salon Suites gives some good tips about what to do when considering lightening your hair color.

Gina writes about the stress swimming can have on your hair:

Really, the stress on your hair is coming from all sides. The sun dries your hair, swimming washes out all the moisture, chemicals in the water can leave deposits on your hair, as can the dirt and dust from all those happy trails.

Chlorine can have incredible damaging effect on your hair. Remember to use Goodbye Chlorine Shower Gel after swimming to gently and immediately remove chlorine from your hair.

Competitive and recreational swimmers no longer have to live with the damaging effects of chlorine. We manufacture products that remove chlorine and return the pH balance and moisture to swimmers hair and skin.

Spring is a great time to change your hair, and exercise routine. If it includes swimming, then don’t forget to take Goodbye Chlorine products with you to the pool.