The Suffering Skin of Swimmers

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We all know the feeling: getting out of the pool and noticing that strong chemical smell of chlorine on your skin, and in your hair; or that crunchy dry feeling your hair develops after swimming in a chlorinated pool.
Pool disinfecting agents, what we are referring to broadly as chlorine, “react chemically with a person’s hair and skin” (Chennai, 2013: 1).
This reaction:

…causes skin irritation, hair damage. Your skin becomes dry and flaky after a bath in the pools. And if you have sensitive skin or allergies, you may develop an itchy rash -- or even sinus problems from inhaling chlorine. Even small amounts of chlorine can be harmful over time and cause premature signs of aging. When you shower, heat opens your pores and allows the chlorine to seep into your skin. Chlorine strips the skin of its natural oils and causes it to dry and crack, which can lead to wrinkles. Your hair too becomes thin, dry and frizzy. It would start losing its body and shine. Dandruff and eczema would develop (Chennai, 2013: 1).

This is not new news. Many scientific and peer reviewed studies* have shown that chlorine is a “skin irritant and can be associated with rashes like eczema” (Dr. Zoltan, P. Rona, , 2017).

In addition, chlorine reacts with your skins natural oils, as well as sweat, dead skin, dirt, or body products to create what are called DBPs or Disinfectand By-Products (Spivey, A. 2010: 118(11): A490).

The by-products of the chlorination process bond to the skin after swimming, essentially burning your skin until the chlorine and its by-products are effectively neutralized and washed off.

These “toxic chemical by-products” (J.R. 2002: 161(15): 238) are in most if not all public swimming pools, and “concentrations of these […] disinfection by-products in pools generally increases with the number of swimmers” (J.R. 2002: 161(15): 238).


Don’t swear off swimming just yet!

We have THE solution!

C spray.

This non-toxic, chlorine neutralizing spray for swimmers is a game changer. Made with the perfect mix of Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate (vitamin C) and water, this spray neutralizes chlorine on contact, reducing your chlorine exposure to the amount of time you were in the pool.

With C spray, even those with highly chlorine-sensitive skin (like our founder) or severe eczema (like our CTO), are able to swim freely in public pools, with no reaction afterwards. Furthermore, since it has 3 natural ingredients and nothing more, you can feel confident spraying yourself and your loved ones without the uncertainty that comes with so many unrecognizable chemical names.

C spray eliminates the unpleasant smell of chlorine on your skin and hair, and allows the chlorine to be rinsed off your skin the first time.

And it’s based in science, so you know it works!

Ascorbic acid has been used on a massive scale in chemical treatment plants to dechlorinate wastewater. Although it is not cost effective on such a massive scale, its non-toxic, environmentally friendly chemical makeup could justify its use in the future (Environment Canada, 2013).

Ascorbic Acid and Sodium Ascorbate are just the chemical names for Vitamin C.

These are the exact same chemical that is in your child’s daily multivitamin.

These water-soluble vitamins do not damage skin, and since they are non-toxic, you don’t have to worry about accidentally getting the spray in your mouth, or on dry or damaged skin.

C spray can be used by all ages, all skin types, and all people who love to swim, but hate the effects of pool chlorine.

Give C spray a try! Your skin will be glad you did!

*(see Science page)