Headstrong and SwimSpray - Slowtwitch

February 11, 2015


Do you swim in a pool treated with chlorine or bromine? Do you just love that itchy feeling that you get for the hours following a swim practice? Do your coworkers really 'appreciate' your luxurious chlorine musk at the office?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those (the last two intended with a healthy dose of sarcasm), SwimSpray has a solution for you. As the name suggests, it is a spray that you use post-swim to combat the ill effects of pool chemicals.

The product was introduced to me by its inventor, Dr. Andrew Chadeayne. Like many of us, he disliked the smell, itch, and irritation caused by pool chemicals. According to Dr. Chadeayne,

“Swimmers require special haircare and skincare products because they are exposed to pool chemicals, generally referred to as chlorine. The water in swimming pools, hot tubs, and water parks is chlorinated. Swimming in chlorine produces some unwanted side-effects. Chlorine damages swimmers’ hair, making it dry, brittle, smelly, and discolored (e.g., faded or green). It also irritates swimmers’ skin, making it dry, smelly, and itchy. In contrast to traditional ‘swimmer’s shampoo’, SwimSpray actually works. Chlorine removal shampoos leave lingering chlorine behind, but SwimSpray completely eliminates the chlorine.”

What is SwimSpray? Believe it or not, it is nothing but concentrated vitamin C and water. I’m not a chemist, but they say that it instantly neutralizes chlorine and bromine from your skin, hair and swimsuit.

To use it, follow these steps:

Does it work? In a word – yes. I actually planned to devise a blinded trial for the product, to really test its effectiveness. I had already used the product a few times, and really seemed to feel less irritation afterwards – but the product tester in me wanted to know for sure. After all, I’m not immune to the placebo effect. However, a few days later, I forgot to bring my SwimSpray with me, and the familiar irritation and burn was back right away. That was all the convincing I needed.

Keep in mind, I do not think this product is appropriate as a substitute for normal skin lotion. I tested this product in one of the driest places on earth – Colorado – in the winter. While the spray definitely eliminated odor and reduced irritation, I still needed to use normal lotion to combat the dry skin that every Colorado resident feels.

What about value? The 4 oz bottle costs about $13 (USD). Three bottles can be had for $34. SwimSpray quotes that a single bottle is good for 30-40 applications, depending on how much you use. On the conservative side, that’s 0.13 ounces per application (for 30 uses).

I received a handful of trial size bottles, which I measured to be about 1.5 ounces. The first bottle lasted exactly 5 applications (0.3 ounces per use). My math puts that at 13.3 applications for the full 4 oz bottle – or about one dollar per use. I thought I was using it sparingly, but seemed to use it up much faster than their quoted rate. Obviously the amount used will vary based on how tall and/or lean you are, and how much hair is on your head. If you can't stand pool chemical irritation and smell, you may consider the investment to be minimal.

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