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How do swimmers take care of their skin?

by Mandar Marathe 31 Aug 2023 0 Comments
Elemnt Sports science skincare tips for swimmers

Swimmers enjoy their time in the swimming pool. Swimming is a great exercise and keeps you healthy and fit. It is one of the most therapeutic sports and can be undertaken by people of any age group. While there are several benefits of swimming, spending longer duration in the swimming pool can have harmful effects on the skin.


Adverse effects of swimming pool water on your skin

During swimming, your body comes in contact with chlorine, commonly used as a disinfectant in swimming pools. However, prolonged exposure to chlorinated water can have detrimental effects on the skin. After swimming, your skin can feel dry and itchy. Chlorine can also strip the skin of its natural oils and erode your skin's natural protective barrier. It can also deprive your skin of moisture.


Some of the effects of chlorine on the skin include dryness and itching, eczema flare-ups, acne, discolouration, and premature ageing. Besides, chlorine can cause a chlorine rash or folliculitis. Some people may develop rashes on their skin after swimming in a chlorinated pool. 


Tips to take care of your skin

To avoid that uncomfortable itch and redness, apply a barrier cream or pre-swim lotions before entering the pool. Look for products with glycerin, oils or petrolatum listed on the ingredients. Bonus if it contains dimethicone, which forms a seal between the chlorine and your delicate skin.


You can also wear a waterproof sunscreen that will prevent your skin from sun damage (and premature ageing if you are a regular swimmer.) Investing in a pre-swimming lotion is also a good idea, as these are specially formulated to block chlorine and retain moisture in your skin. Apply the products about 15 minutes before you enter the swimming pool. This will give your skin ample time to absorb the sunscreen, forming a solid barrier.


After your swim session, you can use an anti-chlorine soap while bathing. An anti-chlorine soap gently washes away chlorine after swimming. This ultra moisturising anti-chlorine soap feels incredible after a pool session on your skin and body. You can clean away chlorine and other chemicals to revitalise your body with this skin-care formula used in an anti-chlorine soap. After the bath, apply a moisturiser to restore hydration to the skin. 


Closing thoughts

So, the next time you jump into the swimming pool for a fun-filled swim session, ensure you make all the necessary arrangements to take care of your skin, whether it is a moisturiser, waterproof sunscreen, or anti-chlorine soap.
Check out our article on Skin & Hair Care Tips For Swimmers to get
more beneficail tips for swimmers.

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