I went swimming the other day and realized that there are a lot of things I do after I swim to maintain the health of my skin. Swimming pools are not the cleanest place and also contain a lot of chlorine which can and will seriously dry out your skin.
1.) Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Sweat resistant sunscreen is pretty hard to get off. Exfoliating is the best way. Products I recommend: Bath & Body Works Smoothing Body Scrub ($12.50) and Mary Kay Exotic Passionfruit ($15).
2.) Hydrate. After you exfoliate, your skin needs to be hydrated to keep your next layer of skin from being dry. Using a gauze sponge, I guess it’s also called a loofah, will help get the rest of the dead skin off. I am currently using the Dial NutriSkin with Fruit Oil Ultra Hydrating Body Wash. I also like the Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash and Olay Mica Minerals Body Wash Plus Tone Enriching Ribbons. I’ve heard the Dove Cool Moisture Body Wash and the Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Body Wash are good.
3.) Moisturize. Chlorine tends to dry out your skin to the point that you get that chalky, white look to your skin. At least that’s how it was for me. I was a competitive swimmer for several years and never used to use lotion. One day at school I was sitting on the floor and my friend passed me and went “Whoa, you need some lotion.” Anyways, this will sound weird, but I feel like when you use lotion after being exposed to chlorine, it kind of makes the chlorine come off of your skin. I don’t know why I think that but I think it’s because I could smell the chlorine once I started to put lotion on. But yeah to bring a lot of moisture to your skin, I recommend Bath & Body Work’s Triple Moisture Creams and their body butters. They are both very fast absorbing so you don’t have to worry about the greasy feeling on your skin afterwards. I also recommend the Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion and the Burt’s Bee’s Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion.
4.) Repair. Every night I use the Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Overnight Regenerating Cream. Being in the pool means being exposed to the sun. I suggest a cream like the one I use to repair your skin after sun damage.
5.) Treat. Like your skin, your hair will be dried out from chlorine. Therefore, you need to nourish it with a hair mask or leave-in-condition. I personally use the Garnier Fructis Leave in Conditioning Cream. This makes my hair feel really thick after every use. I have also heard that the Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask works well, too.
I hope this helps! Enjoy the rest of your Summer by the pool! 😀 I have one more month till school starts! I can’t wait!!