Love the pool, but hate the chlorine? Joining a pool comes with some terrific benefits—whether you’re swimming laps, taking a water aerobics class, relaxing in a lounge chair, or playing with your kids in the water, you’re sure to love your time at the pool.
But if you’re like many people, you would rather do without the chlorine. While chlorine is important for killing off harmful bacteria, it can also dry out your hair, irritate your skin, and wreak havoc on your favorite swimsuits.
But there are some steps you can take to minimize chlorine’s negative effects. Try these tips to enjoy longer-lasting swimwear, softer hair, and smoother skin—even after a full day at the pool.
Discover Chlorine Resistant Swimsuits
Ever have a swimsuit that becomes baggy around the tummy after just a few weeks at the pool? Or a suit that loses it colors in just a few wears? This is what chlorine can do to your swimsuits.
The good news is, you can now find chlorine resistant swimsuitsthat are made of specialized fabric that holds up better to the effects of chlorine. There are two different fabrics that really make a difference when it comes to the longevity of your suit.
- Polyester/Spandex chlorine resistant swimwear: This type of swimsuit is made from a polyester/spandex blend that retains its color, shape, and elasticity longer than regular swimsuits. No more baggy or faded swimsuits!
- Lycra® Xtra Life chlorine resistant swimwear: This high-performance Lycra fiber is designed to last 5 to 10 times longer than traditional suits, holding up to chlorine, heat, and sunscreen. These suits really last!
With both types of chlorine resistant swimsuits, there are plenty of styles, fabrics, and sizes to choose from, with many options for the active swimmer. Whether you like one piecesor separates, you can find fun colors, trendy patterns, and athletic cuts that allow you the flexibility you need for swimming laps or doing water workouts.
For many of us, finding a flattering swimsuit is important for our self-confidence and comfort. So when you find one you love, don’t you want it to last? Long-lasting chlorine resistant swimwear may be your perfect solution.
Protect Your Hair from the Chlorine
As any pool-lover knows, chlorine can make your hair dry and brittle. After only a few swims, your silky hair can suddenly feel like straw. But don’t let the chlorine stand in the way of a great water workout. Try these tips to protect your hair:
- Wet your hair in the pool shower before getting into the pool, and be sure to use a swim cap. This way your hair will absorb less of the pool water.
- If you don’t like swim caps, try wetting your hair in the pool shower, pulling it back, and braiding it. The tighter you keep it, the less chlorine washes through it. This helps prevent tangles too.
- After swimming, wash your hair with a specialized chlorine removal shampoo–as soon after swimming as possible.
- Use a high-quality conditioner.
Give Your Skin Extra Moisture
Depending on your skin type, the pool’s chlorine may cause irritation and dryness. To help fend off the irritants, try this:
- Rinse off in the pool shower right after swimming, even if you’re going to get in the pool again later. This helps rinse the chemicals off your skin.
- Reapply sunscreen after rinsing off, to avoid sun damage to your skin.
- Use your favorite body soap or a specialized chlorine-removing soap after you’re finished swimming for the day.
- Use a high-quality moisturizer all over your body, not just the irritated areas.
Ready to face the chlorine now? Just remember, pools are a great place to get low-impact cardio exercise with maximum rewards. And what better place to relax and socialize after a good workout? So, don’t let the chlorine get you down. With high-quality swimwear and careful skin and hair care, you can enjoy the pool to its fullest!