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How to Protect Your Skin & Water from Swimming Pool Chlorine This Summer

As the temperatures rise, everyone looks forward to taking the plunge into a cool, refreshing pool. Swimming is a fun way to get exercise and beat the heat come summer. Immersing yourself in a pool of water seems like a no-brainer – water is the most important substance for our bodies.

What possible health hazards could swimming pose? Several. Chlorine, the main culprit behind potential skin, hair, and even teeth issues, is used in most pools as a disinfectant. But with its powerful chemical qualities come some obvious potential consequences for those that swim often or have fair, delicate skin and hair.April_Blog1_Chlorine_2016-4

Long-term exposure to chlorine while swimming can cause irritation to the skin and hair. Here’s why: the body naturally produces oils and proteins that coat the hair and skin to keep us healthy and protected. Water, combined with chlorine, washes away that protective layer and irritates the skin. We can dry up, or worse, absorb contaminants from the water.

Take these proper precautions to keep yourself safe while swimming.


  • Rub a thin layer of olive oil or baby oil through your hair before you go swimming. Simply apply to your fingers and coat your hair once.
  • While swimming, sporadically wet your hair with non-chlorinated water so you don’t absorb as much chlorine. Try wetting your hair with non-chlorinated water five minutes before you swim as well.
  • If you have a lot of hair, consider using a bathing cap.
  • After swimming, shampoo your hair thoroughly and dry with gentle/cool air.


  • Rub on a layer of waterproof sunscreen. Many brands are designed to combat the negative effects of chlorine.
  • Shower shortly after swimming to reduce the overall amount of chlorine that can be absorbed through your pores.
  • Upon showering, thoroughly moisturize your skin, as chlorine exposure can leave you dry sans protective oils.
  • If your skin is irritated, apply lotions specifically for post-swimming to neutralize the effects of chlorine exposure.


As strange as it sounds, you’ll want to protect the water in your home from chlorine as well. Yes, the pool is the most likely place you’ll be exposed to chlorine, but water treatment facilities use small amounts of chlorine to treat the water in your home as well.

Chlorine in your drinking water can slowly decay tooth enamel, and chlorine in your shower water can have the same effects as a lengthy dip in a chlorinated pool. To safeguard your family against chlorine in all of its forms, consider installing a whole house filter to reduce your overall exposure.

If you’re concerned about potential contaminants in your drinking water, contact a Pelican Water professional today.

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