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How to Care for Swimmers' Skin


Long amounts of time in the water can lead to sunburnt, dry, and itchy skin. But there are things you can do to minimize the negative effect swimming can have on your skin. The following tips explain how to take to care of your skin before, during, and after your time in the water.

Put on Sunscreen

Apply sun protection at least 30 minutes before swimming. This gives your skin adequate time to absorb the sunscreen so it won't rinse off in the water. Choose a sunblock or sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 and try to use a water-resistant versions.

Rinse Off

Whether getting out of a chlorinated pool or the salty ocean, rinsing off with fresh water afterwards removes the chemicals and minerals that dry out and damage your skin. Use soap or body wash and a scrubber to rid yourself of the residual chlorine smell.

Apply Lotion

It's counterintuitive, but long periods in the water actually dry out your skin. Prevent dryness, tightness, and even cracked skin by applying lotion after your swim. Look for lotions containing hydrating aloe vera, especially if your swims are outside. Aloe helps rehydrate dry skin.

Wearing a wetsuit or swimming a long distance? Consider applying BodyGlide or TriSwim around your neck and shoulders to prevent chafing.

Drink Water

Hydrate your skin from the inside out by always carrying a water bottle and taking frequent sips. Remember that staying hydrated starts before you engage in physical activity. If you wait until you're noticeably thirsty to drink water, you're doing yourself — and your skin — a disservice.

All It Takes Is a Few Products

Luckily, skin care for anyone who spends lots of time in the water is fast, easy, and affordable. Following the above tips will lead to healthier-looking and feeling skin…. and if you're feeling your best, you'll perform your best!

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SwimOutlet.com
1 year ago.
Hey Sim -

We would suggest trying any of our body soap products from our website. Our two highest rated being "Kiss My Face Active Athletic Shower Gel" and "TRISWIM Body Wash". We hope this helps!

http://www.swimoutlet.com/Body_Wash_Soap_s/1163.htm#redirect=false&cat=1163&page=1&sortby=HighestRated&viewall=no

Thanks,
SwimOutlet.com
sim
1 year ago.
Hi
I really want to know if there is any good product( body wash, shampoo) for my son who is going to YMCA for swimming year around. please suggest me something good to get rid of chlorine from the body.
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