As swimming pool season ‘heats’ up, you are in and out of your pool more and more. Some days it’s a quick dip in the afternoon, and other days, you are out in the water and sun all day. While there are hundreds of wonderful reasons to be outside and take little to no effort; keeping your hair, skin and swimsuit from the negative affects of chlorine and sunshine may take a little work. With a few easy steps, you can prevent damage that often comes from chlorine.

Hair Skin And SwimsuitAt Hawaiian Pool Builders, we have some advice on how to keep your hair, skin and swimsuit protected this summer.

Love the locks: Dry hair will absorb chlorine directly into the hair shaft, but wet hair slows down the absorption. Wet your hair prior to getting in the pool. Consider a swim cap. They are 99% effective against the damage caused by chlorine. Even with a cap, it’s smart to get your hair wet first with some warm water. Wet your hair and the cap, and it will go on smoothly. Swim caps now come in a variety of fashionable colors and styles.

Rinse/wash your hair immediately after you are done swimming for the day. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the chlorine that turns your hair to different shades of green. It’s the copper. Oxidized metals in the water attach to the proteins in the hair shaft, and deposits a color. We have a few more tips for your hair tips for your hair.

Here’s a couple of Do It Yourself tips to remove metals for your hair:

Apple Cider Vinegar and water mixed at a ratio of 1:2 will help neutralize the metals in your hair. Shampoo your hair with a gentle cleansing shampoo first, and then use the mix as a rinse. After which, give your hair a final rinse. Another is a citrus lift. Created by Justin Depasquale,” The citric acid in fresh juice along with the carbonation from club soda will cleanse hair and remove any dirt, chlorine, and salt buildup," he says. "And sage oil will restore vitality and sheen."

What you need:
¼ cup club soda
¼ cup fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
¼ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
¼ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Drop of sage essential oil

Add all of these ingredients to a spray bottle. Wet your hair thoroughly, spray on and then comb through. If your hair is long, you can adjust the recipe accordingly. Leave this on your hair for 2 or 3 minutes, and then shampoo as you regularly do. Repeat every two weeks, or more if your hair is particularly dry.

Soothe your skin: Since chlorine strips your skin of its natural oils, you want to take extra care to prevent dryness, and any rashes you could encounter, especially if you have sensitive skin. If you stay in the pool too long, you can experience dry, chalky skin, and sometimes a red, itchy rash. After you are done for the day, rinse off with water and a gentle soap. If your skin is super sensitive, you can opt for swimmer specific body wash that will help neutralize the chlorine.

Another good way to soothe your skin is by taking a bath with some added bath salts. Our retail store has a nice selection from which you can choose. Our bath salts are specifically designed to be used in your hot tub, also.

Since we are talking about your skin, let’s talk about your eyes. Contact lenses can absorb water like a sponge, just like your hair. Prolonged exposure to chlorine can irritate the surface of your corneas, causing red, itchy eyes. If you need to wear your lenses in the pool, you should discard them when you are done swimming. You can stock up on l


enses that you use can switch out from your ‘regular’ wear lenses.

Take care of your swimwear: Frequent swimmers know that chlorine can damage not only your skin and hair, but also your swimsuit. In time, the fabric will shred, the color will fade, and the elastic will break down. It can also turn your white suit yellow. The next time you shop for a new swimsuit, it's a good idea to check the tag to see if it is chlorine- and fade-resistant. A high spandex content is a plus, since it will help your suit keep its shape. Also, some companies offer a satisfaction guarantee that may apply if your suit is damaged from chlorine. It’s also a good idea to not toss your suit in the washing machine. An easy way to wash it is to leave it on when you jump into the shower, rinse it out well, hand-wring it out, and allow it to drip-dry. On a regular basis, you can also let your suit soak in a tub of warm water with a few tablespoons of vinegar to help neutralize the chlorine, eliminate smell, and even stop discoloration.

To help with all of the above; you could consider changing your filtration system to a salt water system. Saltwater pools work by converting salt to chlorine using an electrolytic converter. This produces the same type of bacteria-killing chlorine found in a traditional pool, but in a radically different fashion. Since the salt generator is adding chlorine to the water at a constant rate, it is capable of displacing the bad odor and the burning irritation associated with chlorine, and keeps the levels maintained continually. As a matter of fact, 30% of all in-ground swimming pools run on a saltwater system.

Your swimming pool enjoyment is our top priority. You can stop in our retail store, located next door to our showroom and treat yourself to some bath salts. If you would like to further discuss how to eliminate the problems with chlorine on your hair, skin and swimsuit, feel free to stop in our showroom, or call to make an appointment with one of our pool professionals.  

Category: Pool Advice