Vitamin C after Swimming in Chlorinated Pools Keeps Hair and Skin Healthy

September 13, 2013


Vitamin C SwimmingRinsing with Vitamin C After Swimming

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.

Vitamin C Eliminates Chlorine after swimming

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:

Vitamin C After Swimming — SwimSpray

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.

Not all Vitamin C is Equal

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 Solution

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.

Use SwimSpray with Your Shampoo or Body Wash

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.

Vitamin C ShampooWhy not simply add Vitamin C to my Shampoo?

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.

3 Responses

Jill Hummelstein

March 16, 2015

Could I please try a sample? I’ll be at the noon swim practice with Karen the Bellevue club tomorrow. Linda tried to hunt you down today but she couldn’t find you.


January 10, 2015

2nd Zeus’s comment. Simple science. Appreciate the 5% solution recipe :)


September 15, 2014

Isn’t pH dependent on the dilution?

FYI – I found that 5 gm of fresh (dry) ascorbic acid powder in a 100 ml water is perfectly diluted. That would not be a pH of 1.97.

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