Summer is in the air. The summer brings new challenges to looking and feeling your best. Most of us are aware of the damage the harsh summer sun can cause our skin and hair; however, a lesser talked about summer evil is how chlorine can affect your body. Before attending your summer pool parties, make sure to educate yourself on the effects of chlorine on your skin, hair, and nails.

The Effects of Chlorine on Your Hair

It turns your hair green! Just kidding, but this is a common chlorine myth. The green color that may arise is actually from copper in your hair that has been oxidized by chlorine.  Over time, chlorine has damaging effects on your hair. Your hair and scalp have natural oils that are necessary to keep your hair strong and healthy. Chlorine removes these essential oils, leading to damaged and dried-out hair. 

Ways to Protect Your Hair from Chlorine

  • Wet your hair before entering the pool
  • Wear a swim cap
  • Apply essential oils to your hair and scalp
  • Rinse your hair after swimming in a chlorinated pool

The Effects of Chlorine on Your Skin

Similar to your hair, your skin contains natural oils that help your skin stay hydrated and smooth. Chlorine removes these oils and can leave you with dry skin, rashes, and, in extreme cases, even burns.  Chlorine strips away essential oils from your skin and opens your skin’s pores, causing dry skin. Prolonged exposure to chlorine can cause rashes on your skin which can turn into blisters if they come into further contact with chlorine.  If your pool contains too much chlorine, it is possible to get chlorine burns, so be sure to measure your pool’s chlorine levels regularly. 

Ways to Protect Your Skin From Chlorine

  • Shower as soon as possible after swimming in chlorine
  • Moisturize your skin
  • Consult a dermatologist
If skin problems persist, you may want to visit a dermatologist. If you live in South Florida, we recommend consulting our South Florida Dermatologists, who can answer any questions or concerns you may have. 

The Effects of Chlorine on Your Nails

Like your hair and skin, your nails can be dried out when coming into contact with chlorine. Nails absorb water and may become dry and brittle after prolonged exposure to chlorine. 

Ways to Protect Your Nails From Chlorine

  • Apply hydrating base coats to your nails
  • Apply cuticle oil to your cuticles 

Extra Steps You Can Take

At DCSI, we always recommend a healthy consumption of Vitamin C. Vitamin C promotes healthy skin, hair, and nails and can give you added protection against harsh summer elements such as chlorine and the sun. We pride ourselves on being the best dermatologist in South Florida. Contact us today to make an appointment so that you can enjoy a healthy and happy summer!

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