How to Protect yourself from the effects of Chlorine & Bromine

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If you have a swimming pool or hot tub. There is really no way around using Chlorine or Bromine. 

It is Chlorine and Bromine’s job to kill germs. Which, means it can be harsh on your hair, skin, swimwear and eyes if not properly managed.

So, how can you protect yourself from the sometimes harsh effects of Chlorine and Bromine? 

How to protect your hair from Chlorine and Bromine

Pool water can wreak havoc on your hair. Especially if it’s already dry or damaged.

Damaging your hair, which includes colouring it, results in highly porous hair. So extra care needs to be taken to protect it against the effects of Chlorine and Bromine. 

Follow these steps to protect your hair:

1. Rinse your hair before getting in the water

Porous hair will absorb Chlorine and Bromine, making it coarse and dry. Saturating your hair with water before getting in the pool/hot tub slows down Chlorine absorption rates. And helps the hair retain moisture.

2. Use hair sealant

Coating your hair with a moisturising product with help protect and lock in moisture. Swim cap by Phillip Kingsley was developed for the US Olympic swim team specifically to protect against the effects of Chlorine. 

3. Release your sexy side with a swim cap

Okay, so the sexy part is a lie. But if you’re serious about protecting your hair you might want to think about an actual Swim Cap, as well as the sealant. It adds another barrier and slows Chlorine absorption rates. Just be careful putting it on and taking it off to prevent further breakage.

4. Rinse and Shampoo after swimming

Immediately after getting out the pool or hot tub, rinse and shampoo. This removed Chlorine and Bromine residue and prevents further absorption. Some shampoos such as Biolage After Sun Shampoo is specifically formulated for hair that has been exposed to Chlorine.

5. Moisturise your hair

As always use a conditioner after shampooing to lock in moisture. Biolage sun repair treatment is specifically formulated for use after exposure to Chlorine or Bromine. 

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How to protect your skin from Chlorine and Bromine

Skin is our biggest organ. But it’s so often neglected, leaving it dry and scaly. Chlorine and Bromine will only exacerbate this as they strip away the layer of oil on the surface of the skin that locks moisture in.

Follow these steps to protect your skin as best as possible following contact with chlorine or bromine.

1. Rinse it off

There isn’t much you can do to protect your skin whilst swimming or in a hot tub.

But as soon as you get out, make sure you shower. Rinse with warm water and pH balanced soap. If you have particularly sensitive skin you may consider using a wash designed to neutralise Chlorine. 

2. Moisturise your skin

Again, try to rebalance the lost moisture by applying moisturiser as soon as you are out of the shower. 

How to protect your eyes from Chlorine and Bromine

Have you ever left the pool or spa with your eyes red and stinging?

That could be the Chlorine at work irritating the corneas and causing sensitive eyes.

If you need contact lenses you will need to remove these as soon as you leave the water and change them/put on your glasses. Alternatively, consider prescriptions swimming goggles.

Even if you are without the need for glasses or contact lenses make sure you give your eyes a good rinse with water once you get out of the water. An eye rinse as purchased from your local pharmacy may also help mitigate any after effects of Chlorine in the eyes.

How to protect your swimwear from Chlorine and Bromine

Ever bought amazing swimwear, only to have it discolour after a few wears? Annoying right?  

If this happens immediately after entering the water then this is a sure fire sign that the water is over chlorinated. You should exit immediately and inform someone in a commercial property or correct it in a private facility.

But even with the correct levels of chlorine, over time the fabric can become damaged and colours can fade. Buying a swimsuit that is chlorine and fade resistant is a good start, but otherwise treating it as an extension of yourself with similar treatments can work. Rinse off residue chlorine as soon as you are out of the pool and then add some apple cider vinegar to your wash to help neutralise the chlorine.

In summary

Chlorine and Bromine are essential, but they can take a toll on our bodies. Hopefully, this has helped you get to grips with a few ways that can be used to reduce the effect of Chlorine and Bromine.

But, also, that they aren’t the only factors involved in pool and hot tub maintenance that can affect out hair; skin, eyes and swimwear. 

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Debbie Ekins
Debbie Ekins
Eagle Leisure - Sales & Marketing Manager Mission = to arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best buying decisions. Fuelled by coffee (and naps). Explorer of Scotland and the world.
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