Swimming With A Beard: Beware Of Chlorine

Whether you do so to get some cardio activity or you just fancy showing off your sexy body, swimming is a brilliant way to be fit and active. There is absolutely no reason for men with beards to fear swimming, a little bit of water won’t hurt you, but you should be aware of what is in the water. If you are swimming in a pool with chlorine, there are some steps you should take to ensure that your beard looks as fantastic post-dip as it did before you dived in.

Chlorine may smell but it does a fantastic job, much like some of the HR department at work. Chlorine kills off harmful bacteria, making your swim much safer and healthier for you. There are some trade-offs with chlorine, the moisture of your skin suffers, but in the longer term, this is a far more palatable outcome than falling foul of salmonella or E. coli.

Chlorine strips natural oil from your beard

The reason that chlorine is bad for bearded men is that it removes from the sebum, the natural oil, from your hair. This will leave your beard in a dry and brittle state. In the short term, you can rejuvenate your beard with a good wash, a thorough dry and then some beard oil, but there are some longer-term issues to deal with when you get chlorine in your beard.

Chlorine gets mixed up with he keratin in your hair, and this leads to water-soluble chemicals, and your hair shafts are weakened. There is nothing more disappointing in life than a weak shaft, and if left unchecked, your beard will suffer from breakages, a lack of growth and split ends. Okay, there is nothing more disappointing in life than split ends and a weak shaft.

Chlorine may change the colour of your beard

In some cases, chlorine can even affect the colour of your beard. If you dived into the poor as a dashing brunette, you may come out looking like a silver fox. Depending on your taste and preferences, that may be a fantastic outcome, but most people would prefer some consistency in their beard over the course of an afternoon.

There have been some pranks and jokey attempts to develop a beard cap for swimmers, but if you want to ensure your beard remains in fantastic condition when you swim, there are some steps you want to take:

  • Wet your beard before you dive into the pool, as this will slow down the absorption of chlorine
  • Once out of the pool, wash your beard, dry it and then apply beard oil – use more than you normally would
  • Use a beard shampoo after your swim as this will rinse out the chemicals (if only it was that easy after a heavy weekend!)

Swimming is a brilliant way to stay fit, be seen and have the chance to parade around in your skimpies. Therefore, swimming is a great activity but if you have a beard, you need to take some extra steps to ensure that your dip in the pool doesn’t leave you looking like a fool. Stick some Beardspunk in your kitbag and stick us on your face after you enjoy a dip.

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