MSN’s Healthy Living has a post titled the “12 Myths of Summer” which addresses the myth about a dip in the pool substituting for a shower. So, what’s the word? Here’s what they say:
“When you’ve spent the day in the sun and don’t have time or access to a shower, taking a dip in a pool should suffice, right? Not really, says Philip M. Tierno, Jr., PhD, director of clinical microbiology and immunology at the New York University Langone Medical Center and author of ‘The Secret Life of Germs’ (2003). ‘You would still need a shower even after being in the pool unless you know the chlorine levels are high enough to kill the bacteria; if it’s your own pool it may be fine.’ Showering with soap and water also takes off dead skin cells and bacteria, which you can’t accomplish with a dip in the pool, he adds.”
Provided it’s your own pool, it sounds like it’s better than nothing in a pinch. Well, as long as you have plenty of perfume, cologne, or interest in smelling like your pool water!