Slap on some oil
Because chlorine strips your hair of its natural oils,
before you go swimming, apply a thin layer of oil to your hair. You can use any
type of oil really – olive oil, baby oil or coconut oil will all do. You can
also try specialized hair products designed to protect your hair from the
chlorine. You locks will be sure to stay hydrated throughout your entire swim.
Get wet before you
Hop in the shower before you head to the pool and drench
your hair in non-chlorinated water. This will help lower the amount of chlorine
that your hair absorbs. Because your hair acts like a sponge, when it’s wet it
won’t be able to hold as much chlorinated water from the pool. Also, be sure to
frequently rinse your hair with non-chlorinated water throughout your day at
the pool. This will keep it full of clean water instead of pool water.
You can’t do much to protect your skin while you’re
swimming, but once you’ve hopped out of the pool for the final time that day,
head to the shower and wash your body with lots of soap. This will remove any
chlorine that is on your skin, and help replenish moisture to your body. If you
let your skin sit with chlorine on it, it tends to get dry and itchy.
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Summer is the time for swimming, swimming and more swimming. And while swimming is a total blast, your skin and hair most definitely think the opposite. If you’re not careful chlorine can really have a nasty effect on your body. Your hair can become dry and brittle, and can even turn a different color. Irritation on your skin might occur, leaving it dry and itchy. So wait, do this mean we shouldn’t swim? No! You just need to make sure you have taken proper precautions to protect your body from chemicals in the pool.