Beach hair looks great in the magazines–it untame and totally natural looking. Except it’s not. For most people, beach hair = salty, and frizzy. If the pool is your thing, then you’re stripping your hair of your natural oils and leaving it high and dry. And what happens to your skin is no different. The chlorine, meant to kill microorganisms, is killing the natural oils your skin needs to thrive.
When it comes to protecting your hair, the smart thing is to protect your hair by wearing a swim cap. But let’s be honest. You’re not wearing your swim cap at your next pool party. Here are few quick tips to minimize the damage on both your hair and skin.
- Rinse before you get in. If your hair is wet, it will slow the drying process (makes sense, right? dry hair will result in dryer hair).
- Go one step further by adding an oil based product to your hair, like coconut oil, or priming conditioner like Kerastase Soleil Aqua Seal. The Kerstase Soileil line is specifically formulated to protect hair from sun, salt water and chlorine. it also cleanses locks of harmful summertime buildup.
- Rinse immediately with fresh water. When you are ready to shower for the evening, try Ultra Swim, which will remove chlorine buildup. You can find it at Walgreens, or any local supermarket. A really simple DIY option is apple cider vinegar to remove the chlorine and copper buildup.
When it comes to protecting your skin, you should do pretty much the same as you would for your hair. You want to rinse the chlorine off as soon as possible, and hydrate.
- Rinse, rinse, rinse. A small bar of Dove Moisturizing Soap right after you get out of the pool (or ocean) will minimize damage. Water alone will not remove the chlorine. If your skin tends to be sensitive to chlorine, you can use body wash made for swimmers that acts to neutralize the chlorine. Try Ultra Swim 7 Oz. Moisturizing Cholorine Removal found at Bed Bath and Beyond.
- Hydrate with moisturizer containing vitamins C and E, which will help neutralize chlorine.
- Take your vitamins. Turns out that vitamin C goes to work at reducing the effects of chlorine exposure, both externally and internally. There’s always that risk of cancer causing toxins looming overhead when it comes to swimming in chemicals on a daily basis. Pop a vitamin to minimize the risks.