Our Top 5 Shampoos for SwimmersUltra Swim Shampoo, Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Shampoo, Babo Botanicals Swim & Sport Shampoo, TriSwim Shampoo, Solpri Swim & Sport Shampoo and Body Wash
|Solpri||Ultra Swim||Tri Swim||Malibu C||Babo Botanicals|
|Chemical or Physical Removal of Chlorine||Chemical||Chemical||Chemical||Chemical||Physical|
|Ingredient Used To Remove Chlorine||Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate)||Sodium Thiosulphate||Sodium Thiosulphate||Vitamin C (Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate)||Corn Derived Chelator|
|Doubles as Body Wash||Yes||No||No||No||Yes|
|Standard Bottle Size||8 Fl Oz||8 Fl Oz||8 Fl Oz||9 Fl Oz||8 Fl Oz|
|EWG Rating (1 Least Risk to 9 Most Risk)||2||6||8||5||2|
How Each Swim Shampoo Removes Chlorine:The reason chlorine gets so stuck in your hair is that is binds to proteins in your hair (and skin). It's the same thing that makes chlorine so effective and cleaning your pool. It binds to organic elements (bacteria, and you are both in this category) and doesn't want to let go. There are three different ways our 5 swim shampoos remove chlorine, one that tries to remove it physically like any normal shampoo would and the other 4 that try to break chlorine down chemically. Corn Derived Chelator: Babo Botanicals uses a "chelator" to try and remove chlorine from your hair. In short, a chelator is meant to grab onto chlorine and pull it off your hair. Although most shampoos don't use a chelator for chlorine, this is similar to the way most regular shampoos clean your hair. By binding to "dirt" and going down the drain when you rinse your hair. Sodium Thiosulphate: This is the classic old school ingredient to try and break down chlorine. It's cheap and relatively effective. The potential downsides are that it can irritate your skin. Sulfates are small enough molecules that they can penetrate your skin and make it itch even after chlorine is gone. Sulfates do not bother everyone, but is a potential issue for some people. Ultra Swim and Tri Swim both use Sodium Thiosulphate to remove chlorine from your hair. Vitamin C: The last option our group of shampoos can use is Vitamin C. Vitamin C has shown to be highly effective at breaking down chlorine. Additionally it has the potential to positively affect your skin through absorption for any Vitamin C that is left over. Both Malibu C and Solpri use a stable form of Vitamin C. Malibu doesn't list the amount of Vitamin C on their package (which may mean it isn't a very high amount), but we do include that we use 15% Vitamin C in our formula. Which is on the top end of safe dermal (skin) application.
Free of Potentially Irritating Ingredients:There's a growing list of cosmetic ingredients that can make your skin irritated. This is a very personal situation since everyone's skin reacts a bit differently. Whereas one person may be able to wear heavily perfumed lotion, you may have skin that breaks out at the slightest inclusion of fragrance. These 4 ingredients at one time or another have been considered a potential irritant to skin.
Environmental Working Group (EWG) Rating:The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a 3rd party that accumulates data on consumer products, including their Skin Deep Database. They are not associated with any company whose products or ingredients are listed in their database. The Skin Deep Database is a cosmetics database that tries to establish how potentially safe or harmful any given product is for you. In real terms this often relates to two major things:
- How potentially irritating to your skin the product can be
- Potential long term negative effects of a product
- 1 and 2 are considered low risk.
- 3-6 Are considered medium risk.
- 7-9 Are considered high risk.