Does Vitamin C remove chlorine from the skin?
The answer to the question, “Does Vitamin C remove chlorine from the skin?” is “YES”.
That’s a big respite for all those who love spending hours in the swimming pool. While swimming is considered one of the best cardio exercises, it can have detrimental effects on the skin and hair of the swimmers if not looked after properly.
Effects of chlorine on the skin and hair
Chlorine protects you from the harmful bacteria that can grow in swimming pools, but soaking in the stuff for too long takes its toll: The chemical strips your hair and skin of the natural oils in charge of keeping damage out and moisture in, leaving your skin dry, itchy, flaky, and sensitive, and your hair and nails dry and brittle. This negative effect of chlorine is due to chloramines, the byproduct of chlorine in a swimming pool.
Vitamin C neutralises chlorine
Vitamin C is the number one most effective and healthy chlorine neutraliser. Ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate, both found in Vitamin C, have the ability to neutralise chlorine very quickly. Neither is considered a hazardous chemical. It takes 2.5 parts ascorbate acid to neutralise one part chlorine and 2.8 parts sodium ascorbate to neutralise one part chlorine. Therefore, it is essential for swimmers who are soaked in chlorinated water in the swimming pool to spray themselves with Vitamin C after their session to ensure their skin and hair do not suffer from any side effects.
Beside Vitamic C, you may also use Pre-Swim Lotion which blocks the absorption of chlorine and bromine into skin during swimming, aqua therapy, hot tub use, and other related activities.
Use of Vitamin C to remove chlorine
- Mix a teaspoon of crystals with a pint of water.
- Pour this solution in a spray bottle.
- Spray this solution on your hair and your skin after your swim session.
It is important to note that the solution you make using Vitamin C crystals has a short life. It could start to degrade in a couple of days. The first sign of degradation is that the solution could start turning brown. Once the solution begins degrading, it is rendered useless.
Additionally, you may even use Elemnt Anti-Chlorine Soap which is world's first truly anti-chlorine soap rich in Vitamin C.
Besides, simply showering with soap and shampoo after you get out of the pool will go a long way, too, toward getting most of the chlorine out. You can also mix some Vitamin C crystals with your body wash or shampoo to create your swim shampoo and wash.
Additionally, you can use a facewash rich in Vitamin C to clean your face after the swim. Typically, a facewash with a lemon base or made from lime oil or oranges is filled with Vitamin C.