As we enter pool season, we know that some of you are concerned about pool chemicals and exposure. As your swimming pool maintenance and service team, we understand. And, while we strive to not over chlorine pools, we do have some simple things to offer your protection from pool chemicals. But, keep in mind, that for most swimming pools, chemicals are required to kill dangerous bacteria that, if unchecked, can make people very sick. So, they are a bit of a necessity for your common swimming pool.
The Danger in Pool Chemicals
Now, not to be a buzzkill on the summer, there are some health problems that are linked to pool chemicals. This includes:
- Hormone disruption
- Allergies and asthma
- Gut flora imbalance
Granted, a lot of the health problems associated with pool chemicals are more prevalent if swimming in an indoor pool. This is because the chemicals are trapped in the air. You are less likely to develop health problems associated with pool chemicals if you swim in an outdoor pool. Regardless of where you swim, you can take some precautions.
Protection From Pool Chemicals Tips
Swim Outdoors or In Salt Water
Again, a lot of breathing problems from pool chemicals are a result of swimming for prolonged periods of time indoors. Indoor pools create a situation with chlorine can hover just above the water level and is breathed in and can result in respiratory issues.
Your best bet is to find a pool that uses salt water. Salt water pools use salt as a natural cleaner. As a result, they use less chlorine (but still some) so exposure is minimized.
Rinse Before Swimming
Many of us see these signs at public pools, but they go largely ignored. However, rinsing can actually protect you from the chemicals in the pool. The fresh water on your skin will repel chemicals so they do not get absorbed.
Also, if you enter a pool while sweaty, chlorine can react with the ammonia in your sweat to create a dangerous compound called chloramine. Rinsing before entering the pool will rid you of the sweat and reduce the formation of chloramine on your skin.
Use Coconut Oil
Normally your skin has a thin acidic film that helps repel bacteria, viruses, and other chemicals so they do not get absorbed into the skin. However, when you swim, that natural film is removed, even when you have other lotions on.
However, using coconut oil on your skin or hair before plunging into the pool gives your skin an extra layer of protection. Like your skin’s natural film, coconut oil is acidic and helps reduce exposure to bacteria and pool chemicals. Plus, coconut oil is a natural and mild sunscreen. Who knew?
Spray with Topical Vitamin C
The chemical structure of vitamin C can neutralize chlorine and chloramine. For protection from pool chemicals on the skin, simply use a spray bottle with a teaspoon of powdered vitamin C dissolved in two cups of fresh water. When you get out of the pool, spray your hair and skin with the solution. Then, apply some coconut oil and you are good to go.
How to Use This Information
We hope that these tips help you feel more at ease when it comes to protecting yourself from swimming pool chemicals. Another way to put your mind at ease is letting us handle your swimming pool maintenance. We will make sure your pool is in perfect balance all year long. We take the maintenance out of your hands, so all you have to do is enjoy your pool. Call us at 770-451-1621 or contact us online.