Love swimming but worry about skin and hair damage? Here’s what you can do to combat the effects of chlorine

Dermatologist Dr Jaishree Sharad shares some tips to avoid skin and hair damage while swimming


While swimming, protect your hair by covering it with a tight-fitting, non-porous cap

Swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises that involves a number of muscles in the body. It is also enjoyed by many as there is a fun element associated with sports. So you get health benefits – maintaining a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs – without feeling like you’re working out. Whether for recreation or sports, swimming helps maintain cardiovascular fitness and build endurance and muscle strength. While many people enjoy swimming, they sometimes complain that their hair or skin is damaged by the chlorine in swimming pools. So how do you take care of your hair and skin and enjoy swimming at the same time?

Dermatologist Dr Jaishree Sharad has shared some tips on what you should do to make sure your skin or hair isn’t affected by your frequent bathing.

Here is what she suggested:

— Apply waterproof sunscreen. Use it at least 20 minutes before entering a pool. However, avoid sunscreen under the eyes.

— Wear properly fitted and protective goggles (goggles).

— Protect your hair by covering it with a tight-fitting, non-porous cap so that chlorine or other chemicals added to the pool to kill germs do not affect your hair.

— Take a shower immediately after swimming to rinse the chlorine from your skin.

— Apply a thick moisturizer. Use one that contains dimethicone, glycerin, oils, or petrolatum. Be sure to apply it twice to your skin: before and after a swim. Moisturize generously as chlorine can dry out your skin.

— Avoid swimming between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is best to swim early in the morning or after sunset.

Dr. Jaishree Sharad also recommended the names of some waterproof sunscreens and moisturizers.

Waterproof sun creams: Cetaphil waterproof sunscreen, Avène high protection sunscreen and Brinton UV Doux Gold Silicone Water Resistant sunscreen.

Moisturizers: Bioderma Atoderm, Nivea express hydration and Sebamed moisturizing lotion.

Here is his Instagram post:


Follow these tips to make sure chlorine doesn’t keep you away from the pool.


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