Firstly, you should always make sure that you avoid swimming in chlorinated indoor pools. This is very hazardous, as the toxic gases associated to chlorine may cause you serious respiratory problems, such as asthma. Whenever possible, swim outdoors, where most of the toxic gases are eliminated in the air.
When going to swim in chlorinated water, always make sure that you’re sufficiently hydrated. This can be done by drinking non-chlorinated, filtered water before going swimming. This way your eyes will keep their moisture and will be able to produce the tears necessary to reject bacteria and toxic chemicals.
Shower Before Swimming
As I already mentioned, chlorine in itself isn’t necessarily harmful, but when it reacts with ammonia from sweat it forms a pretty hazardous by-product called chloramine. Showering before swimming will remove the sweat and will prevent the formation of chloramine on your skin.
Some folks say that even the light amounts of chlorine in our daily showers may harm the skin and hair of a regular swimmer. If you’re concerned about this possibility, you can go the extra mile and install a shower filter to remove most of these chemicals.
Moreover, getting your hair wet will make it harder for chlorinated water to work its way and damage it.
Shower After Swimming
Don’t allow chlorine to stay on your skin for prolonged periods after you have finished swimming. Make sure you shower after swimming, to remove all traces of chlorine.
Please note that a simple shower won’t remove chlorine as efficiently as a vitamin C shower, which is believed to remove up to 99% of both chlorine and chloramine.
Avoid Chlorinated Pools
Yeah, I know it’s a difficult one, since chlorine remains a widely used chemical in most of the public pools.
However, when you have a choice, choose to swim in open water or in pools disinfected through other means, such as ozonators and ionizers.
Breathe Fresh Air
Always give yourself time to clear your airways by exposing yourself to fresh air after being exposed to chlorine. Don’t just leave the pool and confine yourself to the house. Take time to just breathe.
Use Moisturizing Creams
There are a lot of waterproof sun creams and lotions that can be used to prevent your skin being damaged due to overexposure to chlorine.
Topical vitamin C creams have been found to be very efficient in neutralizing chlorine.
Also, here you can find instructions on how you can make your own cream or lotion that provides a de-chlorinating effect. The ingredients are very common, so it should be an easy one to make.