How to Keep Chlorine From Wrecking Your Hair, Skin, and Swimsuit - Health News and Views - Health.com
Get wet and protect your head
Fri Sep 30 20:07:29 2016 - permalink -
Just before I jump into the swimming pool, I like to douse my hair in the shower. This helps slow down the absorption of chlorine because your hair is like a sponge, and will take on less water when it’s wet. Then, I tuck my strands into a latex or silicone swim cap. I know that it won’t block the water completely, but again, it slows down the process.
It’s cost-effective to use apple cider vinegar, which acts as a natural clarifier. Just add one part vinegar to four parts water and pour it over freshly washed hair. Then, do a final rinse. You can also mix up a Citrus Lift for your parched locks. The carbonation in the club soda and the acid in the citrus juices work together to detox your hair and remove impurities like dirt, chlorine, and salt. If this sounds like too much work and you’re not the DIY type, you can get concentrated vitamin C in a bottle from SwimSpray Chlorine Removal Spray – 4 oz. I’ve tried this product and while it hasn’t been very good for my hair, I’ve found it to be a quick and easy way to zap the stink out of my swim gear.
The next time you shop for a new swimsuit, it’s a good idea to check the tag to see if it is chlorine- and fade-resistant. A high spandex content is a plus, since it will help your suit keep its shape. You can also check for a satisfaction guarantee. Lands’ End has this policy, and it covers all of its swimwear.
Here’s a final tip. Adding a few tablespoons full of vinegar to your wash will help neutralize chlorine, eliminate the smell, and even stop discoloration. If you’re willing to splurge, you can buy a specialty detergent like Summer Solutions Suit Solutions 8 fl oz ($7). A little goes a long way. I like to pour two small capfuls into a Ziploc Slider Storage Bag, Gallon Value Pack, 32 Count (Pack of 3) gallon-size ziplock bag with an expandable bottom, and bring it with me to the pool. When I’m done swimming, I’ll pop my suit into the ziploc, fill it with water and swish it around a couple of times. Since it has a wide bottom, I can let the bag sit while I shower and get dressed. Then I’ll empty out the water and rinse out the suit before I take it home. It’s an extra step that I have to add to my routine, but it saves me from having to walk home with a tote full of wet swim gear that reeks of chlorine.
* Note: I received samples from Triswim and SwimSpray to review for this post