While there are many who are lucky enough to swim year-round, it’s almost that time of year for the rest of us to take a dive into a pool, lake, or ocean and cool off when the hot temperatures take over. Regardless of how often you swim, but especially if you do so often, chlorine, sun, and salt water can take quite a toll on your skin. Before you put on your next swimsuit, check out the following skin care tips for swimmers so you can enjoy the activity you love without sacrificing your skin in the process.
Apply and Reapply Sunscreen
You should be applying sunscreen year-round on a daily basis anyway, but if you’re going swimming, it’s even more important considering it can rinse off plus the reflection of light off sand and water can increase your chances of sun damage. Apply sunscreen about 30-minutes before you leave your house (not when you get to the pool or beach) and reapply it often, especially when you get out of the water. It’s important to apply about a shot-glass full of sunscreen every time you put it on. Additionally, make sure that your sunscreen isn’t expired.
Shower Before Swimming
Did you know that showering (with soap) right before you go swimming can help protect you and all those you’re going to be swimming with? It helps remove the makeup, urine, fecal matter, sweat, and other contaminants and prevents them from getting in the pool water that you and others are splashing around in. A cleaner pool means it’s better for your skin and better (and safer) for your body and health overall.
Thoroughly Wash Off Your Skin
When you go swimming, you want to wash off as much of the salt water, chlorine, and sand from your skin as soon as possible. There are body washes on the market that are specially made to help you get it off your body so you have an increased chance of preventing rashes, itchy and dry skin, and various other skin issues. It can also be useful for removing chlorine odor. Make sure to carefully follow the instructions on the package to ensure optimal results.
Change Into Dry Clothing
Skin rashes can get worse under your wet bathing suit, so it’s best to change out of it as soon as possible. If you want to hang around in a bathing suit after swimming, bring another one to change into so you’re in one that’s dry.
Not only should you make sure to thoroughly moisturize after a shower (there is chlorine-neutralizing lotion that could be helpful for a post-swim shower) but you should make sure your skin is well hydrated throughout the rest of the day as well.
Considering you’re going to be out in the sun, it’s vital to drink enough water so you stay hydrated. This is important regardless of how hot it is outside, but especially if the temperatures have gotten incredibly high. Keep a couple of bottles of water with you at all times and refill if necessary.