The Effects of Chlorine on your Skin & Hair
It is finally summer and for kids, this means no school, summer camp, long days outdoors, and swimming in Chlorine filled pools! Chlorine is a very useful way to keep pools from collecting bacteria and microorganisms that are harmful to humans. It helps keep you safe from harmful germs while you enjoy time in the water with your family and friends. While Chlorine offers a lot of benefits, it’s important to keep in mind that it also comes with a host of side effects for your skin and hair. Let’s take a look what exactly is in Chlorine, the side effects it causes, and what you can do to keep your kids’ skin and hair safe without compromising their enjoyment at the pool this summer.
So, what exactly is Chlorine? Chlorine is a combination of chemicals that is put in pools to keep the water clean and healthy for people to swim in. Chlorine contains chemicals like hypochlorous acid and hypochlorite ion which work to kill bacteria and microorganisms in water. They do this by oxidizing the cells so they become harmless to the people exposed to them while swimming. Even if you are swimming in “saltwater pools,” the “salt” still turns into a form of Chlorine and will have the same effect on the skin and hair. There is no doubt that Chlorine is an important way to keep you and your kids healthy and avoiding it entirely will increase the risk of getting sick.
THE EFFECT OF CHLORINE ON SKIN & HAIR
An important thing to note is that Chlorine can have some negative effects on your skin and hair. Here are the most common problems caused by too much Chlorine exposure.
Dry Skin Because Chlorine is a natural irritant, it opens pores and strips the skin of its natural oils that keep it moisturized and healthy. Too much exposure to Chlorine dries out the skin and causes irritation and itchiness. Continuous exposure to Chlorine over several years can result in premature aging and can affect the skin’s health tremendously.
Rashes It is common to get rashes when exposed to Chlorine for long periods of time. Swimmers can get patches of red prickly dots and inflamed skin.
Unmanageable Dry & Itchy Hair/Scalp Chlorine will attach itself to the first thing it comes in contact with, meaning, your luscious locks will be affected. Follicle pores will absorb the Chlorinated water causing dry, itchy, damaged, stiff, and sometimes green hair. FYI, “green hair” is actually caused by Copper in the water and the Chlorine bonding together to form a film that sticks to the proteins in each strand of hair. This causes the hair to turn green. Because the Chlorine is an irritant, it will dry out the scalp as well.
HOW TO REDUCE CHLORINE’S EFFECT ON SKIN & Hair
In this age of health and wellness, we need to be concerned about safely removing the Chlorine from the hair and skin. Some sites will promote vitamin C, apple cider vinegar or baking soda, but who has the time to do this, and hope these home remedies work? TRISWIM is your answer! TRISWIM is the #1 global Chlorine, saltwater, hard water, and Bromine removing brand used by all ages of men, women, and children who love the yummy tropical scents. The full hair and body line of TRISWIM is formulated to gently remove these chemicals, as opposed to just regular soaps and shampoos. TRISWIM restores the pH balance and keeps the skin and hair healthy with Aloe Vera, vitamins, botanicals and Keratin. TRISWIM shampoo followed by the TRISWIM conditioner, and TRISWIM body wash followed by TRISWIM lotion, is encouraged to use daily.
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