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Natural Protection against Pool Chemicals

Effective Natural Protection against Pool Chemicals

Chemicals like chlorine do a great job of keeping pools free of harmful organisms. When properly monitored and regulated, they can ensure that your pool water is perfectly clean and crystal clear. However, because you are an “organism” as well, these chemicals can affect you — most often in the form of drying out skin and hair.

Thankfully, there are a number of simple ways to offset the effects of chlorine and other sanitizing agents. If you are a frequent swimmer, consider taking these steps.

Rinse before getting into the pool.

The signs at a public pool asking swimmers to please shower before getting into the water do so primarily because rinsing can keep some of the oil, dirt, and skincare or haircare products on your body from making their way into the pool and its filtering system. An added bonus of heeding that request is that your hair and skin are like a sponge, and if they are saturated with clean, unchlorinated (or less-chlorinated) water, they can absorb less of the chlorinated water. Rinsing can also remove excess sweat from your skin, the ammonia of which can react with chlorine to form chloramines, which are compounds associated with skin irritation and other health issues.

 

Apply coconut oil or skin-safe sunscreen

Applying oils or lotions that create a protective layer on your skin can help defend it from the effects of pool chemicals. Doing this after you’ve followed the pre-swim rinse advice above compounds your protection.

Wear a swim cap

While they may not be the height of fashion, swim caps can minimize your hair’s exposure to pool sanitizing agents. Applying the cap over hair that’s been rinsed in fresh water makes it easier to get on and, again, adds the “full sponge” effect to your defenses.

 

Apply topical vitamin C after swimming

While rinsing in fresh water after you finish a swim will remove much of the chlorine, some will likely remain on your skin for a time. The chemical properties of vitamin C neutralize chlorine and chloramines. Spraying a vitamin C solution on your skin and hair, rubbing in, and then rinsing with fresh water is far more effective than rinsing alone.

 

Moisturize

After you’ve removed the chlorine from your skin, replenish its natural moisture with an antioxidant-rich lotion.

 

Consider discarding daily contact lenses

If you wear contact lenses, you may find they increase the irritating effects of treated water by absorbing and retaining some of the chemicals. To eliminate this problem, you can use inexpensive daily contacts for swimming and then discard them afterward in favor of extended wear versions.

 

Swim Smart

Pool sanitizing agents are a necessary part of pool maintenance. Knowing how to minimize their effects on your hair and skin allows you to enjoy a swim or soak as often as you like for as long as you like.

 

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How to Protect Your Swimming Pool From Tanning Lotions and Sprays

Suntan lotions are normally oil-based. When those oils get in the water, they prove almost impossible to get out of the filter system. Once bonded with the filter material, it’s there to stay.

It’s no different for the pool in your backyard. Even if you employ a strict shower-before policy, you’re going to end up with oils in your pool. Black gunk will begin to accumulate in certain trouble spots like the skimmer, the filter and filter hardware. It can be a pain to remove, and also affects the functioning of your filter.

The good news is there are a number of ways to help your water and filter system remain oil-free. First, follow the same rules the big boys do. Shower before jumping in the pool, just as a precaution and to remove some of the body’s natural oils as well. Then, if suntan oil is applied, it should be rubbed in completely so there’s no white residue on the skin, and also allowed to soak in as per the products’ directions.

Most of the black stuff that shows up around your pool is the result of guests slathering on the sunscreen and then jumping right in. If that’s what guests using your pool are doing, they’re not only directly contributing to the oily mess around your pool, but they’re also washing off most of the suntan oil they just applied.

Protect Your Pool

If you do have a problem with oily residue or black gunk around your pool, in the filters, etc., there are a number of solutions you can try. One of the most effective is treating your pool with an enzymatic solution. You can find them at your local pool supply store. Simply follow the instructions on the container, which usually involve dumping the solution into the pool. It will go to work immediately, not only on the oils in your pool, but also detergents, dirt and pollen.

The enzyme will also help prolong the life of your filter media, even if you run a sand filter. You can also purchase specific spray enzyme solutions that can be applied directly to the filter to help extend its life.

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2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

We are honored to announce that we have earned Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015! Only the top 5% of Pool Service companies receive this award that is based solely on customer reviews. We would like to congratulate our entire Pool-Pro Team for their hard work and dedication to customer service.