When you travel, swimming is the best activity you can practice wherever you are. It helps to relax your brain and it is also an essential life-saving skill to be learned when you are abroad. If you stay in a hotel you can always swim in the hotel’s swimming pool.
Unfortunately, a chemical called Chlorine is added to the pool, to keep it clean and free from any bacteria and microorganisms. It is too harsh for human skin and hair. Sometimes chlorine causes itchiness, flaky skin and rashes in few whiles drying out skin is the common seen worst effects. Taking a good skin care routine is a little bit different during traveling than at home so read what can you do to reduce the damage, because the skin is something we wear every day and having it turn unfriendly will reduce your confidence in the later ages. Hair is another important part of one’s fashion quotient, losing them for a hobby will eventually make you lose interest in the sports either or on your hairs; both of which are not good.
Keeping skin hydrated is very essential, both before and after swimming.
Before swim care:
- Use a good sunscreen lotion, waterproof on your skin, 20 minutes before you enter the pool.
- Take a shower before you enter the pool. This is very important, as the water helps your skin to stay hydrated inside the pool, without drying out.
- You can apply, olive oil or coconut oil onto your skin, before entering the pool. This oil will prevent the moisture of your skin from losing out.
- Drink plenty of water once you start your classes. Before entering the pool, drink a glass of water, to stay hydrated from inside.
After swimming care for skin:
- Take a shower immediately after your swimming class. Rinse yourself in cold water, no hot water.
- Apply oil after the showering process, it will keep the skin moisturized for hours, preventing it from drying out.
- Apply sunscreen even after swimming; it helps in the prevention of tanning.
- Use a cream, instead of lotion. As cream tends to stay for longer and will help the most dried parts to regain its moisture.
- Try to use organic products as much as possible, as the chemicals in the creams and other stuff that you use will also damage the skin to an extent.
- Check for the pH level of the product before purchasing it.
- If you are using the pool for more hours(more than 3 hours) then re-apply the sunscreen every 3 hours or even 2 hours, based on your frequency of swim.
- Exfoliate the skin twice a week, using herbal and organic products as much as possible. You can try using olive oil and sugar to exfoliate. Try using face masks that provide cooling effects.
- Visit Botaniqua, a professional skin care clinic and give your skin relief after long hours of swimming in Chloride water.
Haircare during swimming is very important to maintain a healthy strand.
If you have colored your hair, then apply a light coat of coconut or olive oil to prevent them from getting green due to chlorine.
Wearing a good and tight swim cap is very important.
Shampoo your hair after swimming, to rinse that excess chlorine. Never forget to use a conditioner.
To wash away chlorine completely, you may try using some elements to safely do the trick. Try using Vit C crystals, a teaspoon of this in one spray bottle of water and spray onto the head. Then rinse with regular shampoo, it gets rid of chlorine sticking to the hair which is not fully possible during regular showers.
Lastly, try applying hair masks to reduce the damage caused and to condition your hair.