How To Protect Skin And Hair From Chlorine In Swimming Pool Water

That swimming pool indeed feels relaxing and refreshing in summer until you get back home and look at yourself in the mirror. Whether you are taking swimming training or simply enjoy taking a dip in the pool to keep off the summer heat, it is essential to protect your skin and hair from chlorine in swimming pool water. Chlorine in pool water is used to kill the bacteria, and it performs its job pretty well. However, it is also a harsh chemical bleach that can create chaos on your skin and hair.

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Furthermore, when used in a swimming pool, chlorine is mixed with other chemicals to make it usually safe, but it starts damaging the tissues and hair strands over time. Understanding this, you can imagine what chlorine does to your skin and hair. It not only strips natural moisturizers and oils, but its robust oxidation processes can lead to lasting damage that highlights the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Besides, chlorine also damages essential fatty acids and vitamin E that our skin needs to look its best.

So, you don't need to stop yourself from swimming; instead, try the following simple tips on how to protect skin and hair from chlorine in swimming pool water. 

5 Ways To Protect Your Hair and Skin From Chlorine in Swimming Pool

Regular usage of swimming pools and exposure to chlorine in water can result in many changes like discolored hair, frizzy hair, lack of shine to the hair, dry or flaky skin due to chlorine allergy, acne breakouts, itchy or burned skin because of chlorine rash, etc. Here are some ways that will guide you to keep your skin glowing and hair shiny even after hours of swimming. 

1. Skincare and haircare for swimming

You have noticed many people taking a shower before taking a dip in the pool; this is because when your skin is dry, it immediately absorbs the chlorine water. Moreover, this water will enter the innermost layers and cause more damage. So, how to protect hair from chlorine? Taking a quick shower before swimming will help to protect the skin from chlorine and hair as well. In this way, both skin and hair are less likely to consume chlorinated water from the pool. 

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In addition, apply an oil-based leave-in conditioner on your hair that helps to reduce the space for chlorine to fill. After you are out of the water, rinse your hair with a gentle sulfate-free shampoo. Finally, when it comes to your skin, wash your face with a mild face cleanser; this is one of the essential skincare tips you need to try. I suggest you try Rose Hip Radiance Cleanser by Mello Beauty that effectively cleanses the skin without stripping off the natural oils.

2. Apply an SPF

A broad-spectrum SPF will not only protect your skin from harsh UV rays but will also create a protective layer. Besides, it limits the chlorine water from the pool to come in direct contact with the skin. Make sure to slather a good amount of waterproof sunscreen 15-20 minutes before diving into the swimming pool for maximum protection. Sunscreens will act as a barrier between chlorine water and your skin while protecting it from sun damage. 

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3. Moisturize your skin

Just like conditioner on hair protecting them from harsh chlorine water, moisturizer on your skin will give an additional layer of protection. Exposure to chlorine water will leave your skin feeling dry and itchy, so it is vital to moisturize your skin right after taking a shower to seal all the moisture back into the skin. 

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Besides, use moisturizers and body lotions with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, or glycerin that profoundly nourishes, hydrates, and helps restore your skin's natural pH balance. Use moisturizer 100% Pure Hyaluronic Moisturizer by Mello Beauty that can provide long-lasting hydration. It is enriched with the purest form of hyaluronic acid that nourishes and soothes your skin while keeping the dryness at bay. 

4. Swim outdoor

This is another thing that many of you might not be aware of. The outdoor swimming pool allows gases from the chemicals in the water to get away into the air, thus, making them less damaging for your hair and skin. These types of swimming pools are also good for your lungs, sinuses, and eyes. However, if you want to swim indoors, look for well-ventilated indoor pools as they will offer the same benefit. 

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5. Wear a swimming cap

Wearing a swim cap is one of the best ways to protect hair from chlorine water, especially when your hair is chemically treated. After a shower, apply hair oil or conditioner and put your cap on for maximum chlorine resistance. You can wear a swimming cap without washing your hair, but it is always better if you wash and condition your hair first. 

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Furthermore, if you don't wear a swim cap, pin your hair back or put your hair in a braid or bun to limit the chlorine exposure. Wet hair is generally tangled, and forcefully brushing your hair can damage it. So, use a smooth wide-toothed comb to detangle damp hair, and do not forget to apply a hair spray; it will help protect hair from the water and sun rays. 

So, these are some of the skincare tips and hair care prevention from chlorine in the water that you can opt to keep your skin and hair in good condition.

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