Summer can be a wonderful time – with long hours on the beach or at the pool having fun. But spare a thought for that all that sun exposure, salt and/or chlorine does to your skin. So what can you do to spare your skin while swimming? Here are some swim and skin care tips.
1. Sun protection
It goes without saying that sun protection is vitally important for those who swim regularly. Apply a good quality sunscreen and do so at least 15 minutes before sun exposure; preferably a waterproof formulation.
2. Shower using a mild soap
Cleansing the skin right after a swim is important. Whether it is the salt or the chlorine you’ve been in, it is important to wash it off.
Use a mild cleanser that will not cause further drying of the skin or cause further irritation.
After your shower, while skin is still a wee bit damp apply moisturizer. It may be a good idea to apply a thick lotion that offers greater moisturizing and also to use it liberally all overthe skin.
To improve the condition of the skin and to prevent it losing more moisture in dry air-conditioned interiors, use a humidifier when indoors. This will help to prevent further drying of the skin.
You may think that you don’t need to drink water – after all you’ve been in the water all that time! The fact however is that being in the water you don’t realize how much water the body actually loses. This lost moisture has to be replenished; preferably by drinking plenty of water.
5. Use talc
This is a simple way to smooth the skin after swimming and will also help to get rid of the smell of chlorine.
6. Nutrients for the skin
Many experts advise the use of a banana pack to help smooth the skin. It helps naturally remove discolorations from the skin of the face, arms and legs. Also eat a diet rich in Vitamins C and E which are known to be excellent for the skin.
7. Use specially formulated products
It is important to know your skin type and use skin care products appropriately. It is also important to use specific products formulated for people who spend a lot of time in the water. These may also be necessary for people with very dry or sensitive skin.