Chlorine is added to our water to kill off bacterias making it safe for us to use. Otherwise we would be showering with water filled with bacterias, parasites and other unwanted microorganisms. Unfortunately, it can cause skin dryness. "It opens up pores and strips the protective layer of its natural oils that keep it moisturised and healthy" (Hirsch, 2019). Continuous exposure to chlorine may result in premature ageing and negatively affect the skin's health. It is also associated with destroying hair proteins, fragility, losing colour and causing dryness which increases the problem of dandruff (Mohsen et al, 2019).
1. The basic and the most essential: Drink plenty of water.
There are a few ways to keep yourself safe from chlorine and for your skin to stay healthy.
This is to make sure your skin and body stays hydrated. Our body is basically 60% water. One of the first signs of dehydration is dull skin. It will show on the face area in forms of ashy, dry skin that looks less radiant and elastic (Henry Ford Health Systems Staff, 2020).
2. Invest in a water filter system for your home.
Discuss with your plumber on what types of filtration suits your home. This ensures the water from reservoir coming into your home is filtered before you and your family uses it.
3. Use Bevita Vitamin C shower filter.
It is highly concentrated in vitamin C as well as carefully selected ingredients that moisturises, improves the quality of the skin and hair. Furthermore, vitamin C is effective in neutralising the chlorine (Spengler, 2019; Land, 2005). It comes with a double sentiment layer that filters out rust and other impurities that may be some of the causes of dry skin. Plus, it comes with five different scents that can make your body and your bathroom smell magical.
4. Keep your shower duration short
This seems counterintuitive isn't it? Shouldn't it be more water equals more hydration? According to a board-certified dermatologist with the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Lauren Plouch, the shorter the shower the better (Slawek, 2017). In fact, long exposures to shower robs the moisture off your skin. The longer the shower, the more natural oils are washed away (Beasley, 2020). Though it is the best time to have an existential shower thought, but as research suggest to keep the shower active and quick.
5. Don't take hot showers
Long and hot showers strips the natural oils of your skin. When water is in contact with the skin, it evaporates and brings along the oils of your skin (Brannon & Gallagher, 2020). Showering with hot water makes this process faster as hot water evaporates faster than cold (Gillespie, 2018). Therefore, protect your skin by showering with moderate temperature.