Beauty: Protect skin + hair from chlorine + salt

If you swim a lot, be it in the pool or ocean, you might have experienced dry skin and brittle hair due to the chlorine and salt in the water. There are several things you can do to avoid this, here is what works best for me – if you have any other techniques that work for you, let me know as well 🙂

How to prevent dry hair and skin despite swimming in chlorine and salt water

The first thing to know is that your skin and hair absorb everything that they come in contact with. You may have noticed that your hair feels thicker when it is wet. This is due to your hair absorbing water until it is saturated and the reason for the chlorine smell and dried out hair after dipping into the pool or ocean.

To avoid this, you simply have to rinse your hair with fresh water, or a leave-in conditioner or coconut oil before hopping in for a swim.

Why coconut oil? It is the most natural product for your hair and will also not pollute the ocean as much as a regular conditioner would.

Coconut oil is also great for your skin – a tiny amount will suffice to coat your body with a protective layer to keep your skin smooth and nicely moisturized.

How to treat your hair and skin AFTER swimming in chlorinated water or salt water:

Have a good rinse and use a body wash or shampoo with vinegar to remove any chlorine odour. This recipe works really well – the smell of vinegar disappears after rinsing, but the fine scent of essential oils will stay:

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 TBSP baking soda (NOT baking powder)
1/2 tsp ascorbic acid (vitamin C powder or tablets ground with mortar + pestle)
5 drops essential lemon oil
5 drops essential lavender oil
After showering, treat your hair and skin with a small dab of coconut oil to keep the moisture in better. You can also refine the coconut oil with a few drops of essential oil.

Green hair from swimming in chlorinated water?

Especially if your hair has been treated with hair dye and bleach, it tends to turn a bit green after being exposed to chlorine. These two methods can help to reverse the effect:

 

1. Tomato juice or vinegar:

– 1/2 cup tomato juice or vinegar

– 1/2 cup soda water or regular water
Stir together, massage into scalp.
Let it soak for 10 minutes, rinse.

 

2. Aspirin:

Dissolve 6-8 tablets of aspirin in a cup of warm water.

Massage into scalp, let it sit for 10-15 minutes.

Rinse.

Notes:

C = cup, 240 ml
1/2 C = half a cup, 120 ml or / TBSP
1/4 C = quarter of a cup, 60 ml or 4 TBSP
TBSP = table spoon, 15 ml or 3 tsp
tsp = tea spoon, 5 ml
“soft dates” = medjool are usually best. If necessary, soak briefly and drain. The soaking water is super sweet by the way!

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