Rinsing with Vitamin C after swimming is the single best thing that a swimmer can do for maintaining healthy hair and skin. Vitamin C neutralizes the lingering chlorine film that other shower products leave behind.
Swimming pools are usually sanitized with chlorine or bromine. Those chemicals stick to the swimmers' hair and skin. They do not simply wash away with water, soap, shampoo, or conditioner. Rather, the chlorine lingers, which is why we call it "lingering chlorine." Thankfully, vitamin C immediately neutralizes the lingering chlorine, restoring hair and skin back to it's natural state— not covered in a layer of pool chemicals. Here is a video showing the difference between (a) a vitamin C rinse and (b) washing with water or shampoo:
SwimSpray provides a new vitamin C technology, which completely eliminates chlorine from a swimmers' hair and skin after swimming. SwimSpray provides vitamin C at a high concentration while maintaining a gentle pH. Accordingly, SwimSpray's vitamin C treatment is far more effective than any other product on the market.
Vitamin C can be found in a variety of different forms. Since SwimSpray entered the marketplace, we have seen many DIY (do it yourself) remedies. Many DIY remedies suggest simply adding vitamin C to water. But adding vitamin C (ascorbic acid) to water would result in a solution with a pH of 1.97, which is extremely acidic. It would be more acidic than lemon juice. Spraying sensitive skin with a solution having this pH would burn or sting. Spraying hair with an acidic solution would damage the hair and strip away oils.
Additionally, simply mixing ascorbic acid with water would result in a solution that degrades rapidly. The solution would turn brown. While degrading, the solution would release carbon dioxide. If left in a sealed bottle, it could explode.
SwimSpray's vitamin C formula provides a concentrated solution of vitamin C at a pH that is gentle on hair and skin. SwimSpray's pH is about the same as Johnson's baby shampoo, which makes it great for children because it does not sting eyes or irritated skin.
SwimSpray is not a soap. It does not lather. It does not have fragrances. Accordingly, we recommend using SwimSpray together with shampoo or body wash. See How to Use SwimSpray. By spraying SwimSpray on hair and skin just before shampooing, swimmers can add chlorine busting power to their favorite shower products.
Adding vitamin C to shampoo does not work for a variety of reasons. First, vitamin C will not easily dissolve in shampoo. Accordingly, the user will not be able to add an effective amount of the active ingredient. Second, vitamin C can react with some of the ingredients in shampoos. Those side-reactions will cause the vitamin C to degrade (making it less effective). Those side-reactions will also turn the shampoo a brown color. For at least these two reasons, the user should apply the vitamin C spray first, then lather up with shampoo or conditioner. See How to Use SwimSpray.