Swimmers Hair Care Tips

{SCA} Swimming is a fun activity for when the weather starts to warm up or as a sport/hobby. But swimming in a pool of chlorine and other chemicals is bound to have some effect not just on your skin but your hair. Many swimmers don’t think twice about hair care when it comes to swimming, which can make them prone to hair damage and discoloration.

Swimming laps is great for your body but not for your hair. The chlorine used to sanitize pools breaks down the natural sebum (or oil) found on your hair, and without it, your hair becomes drier and lighter and loses its shine.

Hair and Skin Protection Tips: This year make the most of that vibrant glow without the worry of wrinkles or other skin damage simply by following these simple tips.

  1. Shower Before and After a Swim. Most people make a practice of showering immediately after going for a swim but many experts advise a pre-swim shower. Not only does it reduce bacterial levels in the pool but the fresh water may assist in reducing the rate of chlorine absorption especially with dry hair.
  2. Practice Safe Skin Tips Every Time. Chlorinated pools arent the only source of skin irritation; hot tubs, spas and even salt in the ocean can exert their own influence on hair and skin. In fact, even so called chlorine-free pools that use salt generators may actually do more harm than you realize. Salt generators remove chlorine from the water but recycle the chloramines (the by-product of previously used chlorine) from salt back into chlorine, effectively exposing swimmers to chlorine without even realizing it. Always rinse skin and hair with a chlorine-out product like Triswim after every dip in the pool.
  3. Hydrate. Its a good idea to drink plenty of fluids whenever you are in the sun, but water also helps detoxify the body. Chemicals used to treat pools can damage to skin or even cause a rash. Help the body flush impurities and restore the natural moisture balance by remaining hydrated at all times
  4. Avoid Bad Products. Resist the temptation to try inexpensive suntan lotions or other products with inferior ingredients. Fillers, preservatives and even fragrances contained in these products often dry and irritate skin even further. Combined with chlorine and sunshine, its a recipe for wrinkles, flakes and rash. Instead, invest in quality products that only use properly balanced ingredients. Keep an eye on other common culprits like over-the-counter medications that may make you more sensitive to the sun than usual or even more prone to situational conditions like razor burn.
  5. Use Protective Barriers. Expose your sensitive skin to the sun slowly and use protective barriers like hats, sunglasses and sunscreen wisely. Its easy to lose track of the time, so have a plan of action in place before sitting down beside the pool or going for a quick swim. Not only will it help keep you comfortable, but your skin will appreciate the extra protection for years to come.
  6. Wash, Rinse and Moisturize. Hair and skin need plenty of pampering especially after the constant exposure to chlorine, sun and even sea salt. Always rinse chlorine away from hair and skin as soon as possible while following-up with a deep clean and conditioner. Triswim provides a complete line of chlorine-out products for pool and salt water swimmers including shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion. Each removes the odor and chemical residue associated with chlorination while moisturizing and nourishing skin and hair.
  7. Take Your Vitamins. Beauty is more than skin deep so it should come as no surprise that your body needs a little additional boost during summer months. Perspiration and the expulsion of excess liquids tend to flush vitamins and minerals (as well as toxins) from the body while UV radiation and other chemicals require additional antioxidants.