6 Skincare Products Perfect For Swimmers
Posted by Laura Rose in Skin Care
Swimming is a really fun activity that all the family can get involved in, no matter what age. It’s also the full package when it comes to fitness as it gives you an entire body workout. Plus it’s a great form of exercise for people with weak joints or arthritis as the water takes away the pressure from those problem areas.
If only swimming was as good for our skin as it is for our health. Swimming pools are full of chemicals which leave skin feeling dry, tight and irritated, with chlorine being the main culprit. Chlorine strips skin of its natural oils and changes our body’s pH levels from a natural 5.5 to 9 or 10. Once the pH levels of the skin changes you start to disrupt the skin barrier and will lose water, leading to dehydration, irritation and sometimes even eczema.
A lot of people just accept that as part of going swimming and think there’s nothing you can do about it. But you can! Below is my list of favourite products to use before and after your swim to help protect skin and keep it looking its best!
Protect Yourself Pre Swim
Also apply a moisturiser before you go for a swim to create a protective barrier between your skin and the water. Apply the product liberally all over the body, focusing on your more sensitive areas. I like to use Cetraben Cream as the texture is very thick which is great for forming a barrier. It’s also perfect for battling dry, irritated and inflamed skin.
It’s so important to shower immediately after you get out the pool to ensure the effects of the chlorine doesn't carry on damaging your skin. When it comes to choosing a facial cleanser to use post swim it’s best to keep it simple to reduce further irritation. I really like Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser as it’s formulated by dermatologists to help battle dry skin. It’s also a great daily cleanser and removes all traces of makeup, dirt, impurities and dead skin cells.
Re-inject The Moisture
Once you’ve showered and cleansed the next step is to put all the moisture back into your skin and lock it in. Again it’s best to stick to a simple, no bells and whistles moisturiser to avoid causing further irritation. My current favourite is Indeed Laboratories’ 10 Balm Soothing Cream. It’s ideal for sensitive skin types and gives you long-lasting comfort. It’s fast absorbing and delivers intense moisture and hydration to stressed skin.
Exfoliation Is Your Friend
Exfoliation shouldn’t be feared, even if you have sensitive skin. Stick to chemical exfoliants rather than physical ones for a less abrasive result, and only do this once or twice a week. Paula’s Choice is a great brand to get to know if you have sensitive skin or any skin conditions like eczema or acne as their products don’t contain any fragrances, irritating chemicals or alcohol. Their Skin Perfecting Aha Gel Exfoliant is fab as it gently exfoliates the skin and dissolves built-up layers of dead cells to reveal a smoother and brighter complexion.
It’s Serum Time
More specifically, Vitamin C serum. Incorporating a Vitamin C serum into your post swim skincare routine (and your skincare routine in general) will massively help to protect your skin against pollution, harmful chemicals and pigmentation. It also brightens the skin and promotes collagen production, so what’s not to love? Dr Dennis Gross’ C+collagen Brighten and Firm Vitamin C Serum does just that, plus it helps to smooth the skin and and improve the sign of wrinkles and dark spots.
We should be wearing sunscreen everyday anyway, but if you’re partial to a bit of open air swimming then it’s especially important you protect your skin from the sun. La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios Comfort Dry Skin Suncream is highly moisturising, highly protective and great for people with sensitive skin.
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