Swimming is a wonderful activity for strengthening your body
and your mind. Unfortunately, its’ not always so wonderful for your hair and
skin, especially when swimming in chlorinated water or in harsh outdoors
conditions. So here are a few pointers for protecting, hydrating and conserving
your complexion while still maintaining your swimming lifestyle!
1. Protect Your Skin
If you’re swimming outside, wear suntan lotion! A high-SPF sunscreen will prevent the kinds of sunburns that could make swimming very painful. Apply lotion 20 minutes before you hit the water, and reapply every hour afterwards.
2. Hydrate Your Hide
Beyond wearing sunscreen, it is equally important to hydrate with moisturizing lotion afterwards. When swimming on a regular basis, make sure to use lotion right after you dry off to prevent dry and cracked skin caused by sun and/or chlorine. Coconut oil can also be used before you swim to preserve skin’s natural moisture.
3. Hair Care
Chlorine destroys the natural oils in your hair, causing it to dry and frizz, and repeated exposure can even dry out the scalp. Use silicone-based serums before swimming (and before putting on your swim cap) to preserve your hair’s natural moisture, and be sure to use hydrating shampoos and conditioners after each session.
4. Chlorine Smell
While the ocean might leave you smelling fresh and natural, chlorine makes your skin smell like chemicals after you step out of the pool. Use natural soaps and body washes each time you shower to fight off the chlorine tinge, and consider investing in a heavy duty loofah or scrubber.
One last tip: remember to drink plenty of water! Getting enough H2O is just as essential to skin and hair health as using protective remedies and reparative lotions. Being adequately hydrated will also keep you swimming longer and stronger.