Every Swimmerʼs Worst Problem - Solved - Synchro

by Josh Huger (MrUtopia)

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Created March 9th, 2012 06:44:08 AM

Modified March 9th, 2012 06:58:07 AM

After swimming, you may notice that   getting the chlorine off of your body is   almost impossible. Swimmers at all levels of the sport concede to “always smelling   like chlorine.”

Asha Randall, a member of Great Britainʼs National Synchronized Swimming Team, describes it, “you can never quite get rid of the swimming pool smell so I constantly smell of chlorine!"

Dr. Andrew Chadeayne, once Princetonʼs top backstroker, recently the 2011 Masters National Champion, has solved this problem. Dr. Chadeayne reasoned that chlorine irritates swimmers outside of the pool because chlorine is never effectively washed away after swimming. Following this logic, he discovered that washing with vitamin C after swimming is wonderful for getting rid of lingering chlorine.! SwimSpray is used in the shower: After rinsing off the pool water, spray yourself with SwimSpray; then use your other products. Youʼll notice, immediately that you donʼt smell like chlorine. More information available at www.SwimSpray.com.

Almost all swimming pools are chlorinated because chlorine is excellent at keeping water sanitary and safe for swimming. But, chlorineʼs sanitizing power comes at a cost: chlorine also reacts with your body. Chemically, the pool chlorine reacts with the proteins that make up your hair and skin. Chlorine causes dry, damaged, discolored hair; and dry, scaly, itchy skin. Not surprisingly, most swimmers point to pool chlorine as the worst thing about swimming. For example, synchronized swimming star, Jenna Randall (Ashaʼs sister) was recently featured in an article titled, “I havenʼt got any eyebrows left,” in which she discussed some of chlorineʼs side effects. Some people avoid swimming entirely because of chlorine.

Dr. Chadeayne studied how chlorine interacts with human hair and skin proteins. He reasoned that chlorine lingers on a swimmerʼs body long after swimming because hair and skin retain chlorine. Looking backwards, this logic is fairly straight forward: the reason you smell like chlorine is because you are still covered in chlorine. From this perspective, the irritation and bleaching seem intuitive—wouldnʼt you expect coating yourself in chlorine (e.g., bleach) to discolor your hair and irritate your skin?

Vitamin C neutralizes chlorine, so it immediately stops the chlorine from eating away at your hair and skin. You wonʼt smell like chlorine because you wonʼt have any chlorine on you. Simple? Dr. Chadeayne is equally surprised.

“I was shocked at how fundamental the answer was because this problem has been around forever. But, chemically it makes perfect sense: vitamin C has just the right reactivity to neutralize chlorine from hair and skin. Weʼve all heard vitamin C described as an ʻantioxidant,ʼ well, chlorine is an oxidant, so vitamin C is pretty much anti-chlorine.” However you rationalize it, the results are incredible. When people try SwimSpray, they are blown away! Everyone says it works— noticeably— right away. Jenna Randall described SwimSpray as "brilliant,” explaining that “it healed my skin and I don't smell of chlorine!

”Asha agreed, “It's amazing,” “I love how well it works,” “itʼs the first time havenʼt smelled like chlorine.”

Once people start using SwimSpray, they donʼt want to stop. As Asha explains, “I canʼt get enough.” Interestingly, Dr. Chadeayne says that people are slow to adopt the simple solution. “No one believes us when we tell them that SwimSpray eliminates the chlorine, probably because chlorine-removal products have been pushed on swimmers for decades and are notoriously ineffective.”