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Chlorine, its the harsh reality. Most of us can agree there are few things more relaxing and
indulgent than a good soak. Be it in the tub or the pool, there is little more welcoming than a cold soak on a hot day, nor more decadent than a warm bath on a cool night. But, no matter how blissful your aquatic escape, there is the inevitable return to harsh reality, and, the reality is: chlorine is really harsh on your skin.
Chlorine is the most commonly used water treatment for killing the bacteria lurking not only in our pools, but its also turning up in our tap water. Drinking Water. com reports that most cities in the US treat their water with chlorine, and the average person gets 50 percent of their chlorine exposure from bathwater. However, chlorine may be lurking with dangers all its own, and that can mean some long term effects on your skin.
Acne, Rashes and Eczema
While chlorine kills bad bacteria that makes us sick, it can also kill the good bacteria that our skin needs. Dr. Rona, MD says that chlorinated water can destroy the intestinal flora friendly bacteria that helps the body digest food, and produce vitamins K and B-12, while other studies show that chlorinated water can also be detrimental to the production of polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, factors which have all been associated with acne, eczema, rashes, and other skin irritation.
Other sources report that chlorine may also increase risk of cancer. A report of HULIQ.com reports that chlorine actually increases the production of cancer causing free radicals in the body, especially in the skin. The consumption of tap water have often been linked to breast, bowel, and bladder cancer, and long term effects of drinking, swimming and bathing in chlorinated water has been know to cause malignant melanoma, more commonly referred to as skin cancer.
Because anti aging products contain antioxidants that quench free radicals, it is assumed that the increase of free radicals generated by chlorine may have the opposite effect. Free radicals increase toxicity, which may result in fine lines and premature aging, as well as acne and rashes. Drinking Water.com has published studies that show exposure to chlorinated water may be similar to exposure to the sun.
Dry Skin and Depleted Protein
According to Free Drinking Water. com, chlorine can also destroy protein needed within the body. Short term effects include dry, itchy skin, while longer term depletion can lead to severe moisture loss. Although most of us soak in the tub to alleviate dry skin, the opposite may occur. Water alone is reputed to deplete skin of natural oils, and chlorine may only exacerbate this effect. Experts advise short showers and baths with a generous amount of moisturizer applied directly after.
What do you think? Is chlorine the harsh reality for your skin? Are you ready to sacrifice your baths for your skin? Let us know!