Chlorine tips?

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    Feb 11, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    Chlorine dries my skin out instantly and leaves it feeling tight (and not looking so great).

    What do you guys do to protect your skin and hair from chlorine?

    Anything you put on before you enter the pool like a barrier cream or moisturizer? After? etc. etc.

    Thanks!!!
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    Feb 12, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    It's frustrating how once I'm out of the pool, it doesn't matter how many times I moisturize, my skin is so dry for ages afterward. It's like the pH level of my skin is thrown way off and can't be balanced again.

    Does anyone know of any good products that go on before swimming that are easily available? etc.?
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    Feb 12, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    I highly recommend this from the Swim Outlet. It removes chlorine and moisturizes your skin and make it baby soft:

    http://www.swimoutlet.com/product_p/3784.htm
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    Feb 12, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    Most people like to scrub their face in the shower after they swim... not good. Use some soap, but rub gently and pat dry. You can use face lotion or something of the like as long as you apply it a couple of hours before. If you apply it and then go swimming right after, it'll come right off.

    As for the hair, it acts like a sponge when you get it wet in the pool, soaking in all the chlorine. The simplest way to avoid this is to wet your hair in the shower before you get in the water. Using conditioner before you get in can help to... but I think it's a waste.

    Hope this helps.
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    Feb 12, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    There are some special shampoos available made for swimmers to help address the damage and dryness caused by chlorine. I got mine from my hair salon but I'm sure you could go online and find some as well. My hair stylist did tell me a trick (which I've not done so can't vouch for it)...crush an aspirin in water and apply to your hair...supposed to be great for chlorinated hair and much less expensive than special shampoos.
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    Feb 12, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    t_h_r_i_v_e saidDoes anyone know of any good products that go on before swimming that are easily available? etc.?

    If I could use only one product in my chlorine combat arsenal (which includes the full Triswim product line) it'd be my preswimming lotion from dermaswim pro (http://www.dermaswimpro.com/), which blocks pores to prevent chlorine from entering. The Triswim products take care of any residual chlorine it may not have blocked. Before I used this product I found that when lifting my sweat reeked of chlorine, but now? Nada.
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    Feb 12, 2011 5:23 AM GMT
    That's all great to know. icon_smile.gif Thanks to people who have posted so far. I just don't know where one can buy this stuff in person and I don't use a credit card so I can't order online as easily as I'd like.

    As for the protective/barrier creams people speak of using-- are they non-comedogenic? As in, they don't cause irritation or breakouts/acne do they?

    I also will start moisturizing soon after leaving the pool. I always shower thoroughly immediately after a swim but never moisturized till I got home. Perhaps that's too long after.
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    Feb 12, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    if your worried about your hair wear a cap, it doesnt seem like it but it helps alot. comin from a guy who does it from a living, oh and shampoo 3 from paul mitchell is the best chlorine removal shampoo on the market, the other shit dont work. but dont use alot cause too much can dry out ur hair real bad.
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    Mar 01, 2011 6:58 AM GMT
    tsport022 saidif your worried about your hair wear a cap, it doesnt seem like it but it helps alot. comin from a guy who does it from a living, oh and shampoo 3 from paul mitchell is the best chlorine removal shampoo on the market, the other shit dont work. but dont use alot cause too much can dry out ur hair real bad.


    I agree with the Paul Mitchell 3. I rotate Paul Mitchell 1 & 2 and try to use number 3 at least once a week. The leave-on conditioner is great too.
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    Mar 09, 2011 8:44 PM GMT
    t_h_r_i_v_e saidChlorine dries my skin out instantly and leaves it feeling tight (and not looking so great).

    What do you guys do to protect your skin and hair from chlorine?

    Anything you put on before you enter the pool like a barrier cream or moisturizer? After? etc. etc.

    Thanks!!!


    They have coverted over to salt water here, so no more chlorine. It is a lot better on the skin. Tell them to convert to salt water.
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    Jun 11, 2011 4:56 AM GMT
    Well, for the dry skin I usually carry around a small tub of body butter from Sensaria. My mom sells this stuff so she's always giving me free tubs to test out. lol

    http://www.sensaria.com/index.php?CategoryID=14

    Oh my gosh, I haven't been on the website ever! I didn't know they had pomegranate and vanilla bean! I gotta get me some more of that free shit...lol I usually just use the Mango one, it's heavenly. hahah

    And for the damaged hair. I have always had this problem. It got SO bad in college that my hair wouldn't grow longer than two inches because it was so damaged and the tips were just falling off. Disgusting, I know! I started wearing a cap this year. They are uncomfortable at first, but seriously work. After swimming I climb out and quickly take a shower. I used herbal essences shampoo and conditioner and that did the trick, but towards the end I was just using Head and Shoulders and putting some leave in conditioner on. And my hair was silky smooth the rest of the day.

    Good luck! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 11, 2011 1:02 PM GMT
    Yeah now it's not a problem. I just use moisturizer on my face when I hop out, and I use a good conditioner in the shower.