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.
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.
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.