How Chlorine Effects Skin

Chlorine effects skin in the form of dryness, redness and irritation.

Chlorine effects skin in the form of dryness, redness and irritation.

Spring is here and summer is around the corner, and that means a lot more time is going to be spent outdoors and in the pool. The warm weather is an exciting time, but spending so much time in the water and in the sun can have damaging effects on your skin if you’re in a chlorinated pool. Chlorine effects skin in several ways, and can lead to a dry, irritated epidermis.

Strips the Skin’s Top Layer
Chlorine effects skin by stripping the skin of its top protective layer. If you feel dry or itchy after exiting a traditional swimming pool, chlorine is typically the culprit. The outermost layer of your skin contains a dense network of protein and keratins that help keep your skin hydrated and prevent water evaporation. These cells absorb water and help skin achieve its “springy” natural shape.

Chlorine reacts with these skin cells and leaves behind a layer on top of your skin. When you exit the water, your skin is still essentially covered in chlorine and is usually left dry, sticky or flaky.

Premature Aging
Chlorine is a harsh pool chemical and repeated exposure can cause signs of premature aging. Even if you shower after exiting the pool, the hot water can cause your pores to open and the chlorine to seep further into the layers of your skin. Then it causes your skin to be stripped of natural oils, leading to dryness, cracking and wrinkles!

Skin Rashes and/or Asthma
Chlorine effects skin in the form of dryness and itchiness, but it can lead to more serious effects on people with sensitive skin. In some cases, chlorine can lead to extreme itching and redness. In general a rash will appear not long after a swimmer exits the water, in small patches or throughout the body. These areas can become swollen and cause a great deal of pain.

Although this side effect doesn’t directly involve the skin, serious chlorine allergies can cause asthma or induce asthma-like symptoms in swimmers. Swimming in an indoor pool only increases this risk, since airflow is restricted.

There are several methods to prevent the harmful effects of chlorine:

• Lotion: Before entering the water, use a pre-swimming lotion that blocks chlorine absorption. After you exit the pool, apply a moisturizer or take an oatmeal bath.

• Shower: Take a lukewarm shower right after you exit the water and rinse your body with soap and water. You can also rinse your hair and skin with fresh water before entering the pool, to prevent a large amount of chlorine absorption.

• Goggles: Don’t forget to protect your eyes from the effects of chlorine, so wear the appropriate eyewear.

Of course, the best way to protect your skin from chlorine is to use an ultraviolet disinfection system. These highly advanced systems are able to lower chlorine to the same level found in drinking water.

You won’t experience the long-term (and short-term) side effects of this harsh pool chemical, since SpectraLight Ultraviolet creates low chemical water. Chlorine is reduced to 0.5ppm, so it’s ideal to prevent red eyes, eliminate skin irritation, and other side effects previously mentioned. Imagine swimming in your backyard pool that feels similar to taking a dive in a natural spring, and exiting with soft skin and moisturized hair.

  • Hendri Natureve Shop

    Thank you, my skin gets streaked after swimming