Summers are here and so is the love for swimming. Who doesn’t like plunging in a pool after a really hot and tiring day and relaxing for a while? Swimming comes with its own benefits such as keeping our body toned, increasing the flexibility of our body and reducing overall weight. With all these pros, there are a few cons too which come along with swimming. The chlorine present in the water affects our skin and tans our body. In order to prevent this and know more about hair and skin care tips which will help you take care of your body and also swim with a carefree mind-
Shower before plunging in the pool
Almost all pool has this rule which makes it compulsory for people to shower before entering the pool. This is not only done to clean the body before plunging in the civil pool but also hydrate the skin. If the skin is fully hydrated already, then even after entering the pool filled with chlorine water won’t affect our skin much. Our body would absorb less of the chlorine water and this will remain healthy and hydrated.
Why cap is a must
We often wear a silicone cap which seals our head enough to prevent water from going inside. It is important to block our scalp as it is a great absorber. The chlorine water will have a damaging effect our hair including hair loss, itchy scalp and discoloring of hair. Though a bit of water still goes inside which is totally fine as compared to exposing our hair to direct chlorine water.
Massage hair with oil
Many people apply coconut oil and then wear a cap before entering the pool, so as to create a double layer protection against chlorine water. Coconut oil as a total blockage between chlorine water and our scalp and thus protects our hair. It has a property of nourishment too, thus doing two things at once- nourishing our hair and protecting them from chemicals.
Moisturize your body
It is highly recommended to liberally apply moisturizer on your skin before entering a pool. It is done to protect our skin from coming under direct contact of chlorine water. Lotions or moisturizers create a layer on our skin and prevents our skin from harsh chemicals which might affect our skin if we stay in the pool for long durations.
Wear swimsuits with maximum coverage
Most of the swimmers complain about tanning which mainly occurs because of the chlorine present in pool water. One way by which you can protect your skin is by covering it with clothing. Swimsuits with long sleeves are beneficial here. It protects are skin to some extent and is said to delay the process of tanning.
Shower immediately after coming out of the pool
Once you are done with your swimming session you must directly go for a bath or shower. You must clean your body with a good soap or body wash in order to wash away chemicals present in your body. Pool water, if left for long on your body causes itchiness and even pimples on the face. Thus, a quick shower is a must to get rid of chlorine on your body.
You must inculcate scrubbing in your skincare ritual as it is a good way to get rid of dead skin cells. You must not scrub more than twice or thrice a week as daily scrubbing irritates the skin. Scrubbing would help you get rid of any chemicals left on your body which might irritate the skin in the long run.
Drink plenty of water as dehydration might cause skin to appear dull and is likely to be affected more by the chlorinated water.