Does soap for swimmers remove chlorine?
Here’s the answer is: It does, as long as the soap is formulated to remove chlorine. Specialized anti-chlorine soaps remove residual chlorine that has formed a bond with your skin while swimming.
The Big Problem Swimmers Have with Chlorine
First, let’s examine the problem with chlorine.
Have you tried washing with soap or body wash multiple times after swimming, and still the chlorine sticks to you? Have you begun to sweat in the warm afternoon sun after swimming, and suddenly you smell the pool again? That smell is the residual chlorine that has stuck to your hair and skin.
After some time, the chlorine really does a number on you. It dries out your hair and skin. Your hair turns brittle, and in some cases, may turn a greenish tint. That what people commonly call “swimmer’s hair“, or “chlorine hair”. You skin becomes dry and itchy especially for people who are sensitive to chlorine.
But no matter how hard you try to wash it off, the chlorine just seems to stick to you.
Swimmer’s Soap is Different
Normal soaps remove grease and dirt (not chlorine). If you think about it, after swimming for only a few minutes, you are very clean. Chlorine is an extremely effective sterilizer. Swimming around in it for a while, and I guarantee you’re about as clean as you can get. The one thing you need to get off is the pool water and the chlorine that has formed a tight bond with your hair and body.
Because normal soap is made to remove dirt and grease, it’s not the best thing to use after swimming. What’s more, if it is a strong soap, it will likely compound the skin- and hair-drying problems created by chlorine. It’s the formulation of the soap that matters.
Soap for Swimmers is Made to Remove Chlorine
The most important thing a swimmer’s soap needs is an ingredient to release the chlorine. Our bar soaps all contain Vitamin C which is an effective reducing agent. It releases the chlorine bond gently and effectively.
Our soaps are also very mild and emollient which means they are soft and gentle. Soaps don’t moisturize like lotion, but our soaps are about as moisturizing as you can get as far as soaps go.
Key features to look for when buying soap for swimmers:
- It should be specially formulated for swimmers and contain chlorine-reducing agents.
- The soap should be emollient and moisturizing.
- A good soap for swimmers should be mild.
- And lastly it should be made from natural products if possible.
If it’s removing chlorine that you want after swimming then make sure you buy a soap made for swimmers.