It’s that time of year when many of us start to regret the excesses of Christmas and start to think about taking care of ourselves a little better. Gym membership uptake increases by 12% in January and most of the January Joiners have let it fizzle out again within 24 weeks! One exercise which is good for both mind and body is swimming, offering a full-body workout which also helps to relieve stress and tension, but chlorine (or saltwater if you live in a hot country or are just plain mad!) can play havoc with your skin and hair. Here are five things you can do to stop the effects:
Before you even think about stepping into a pool, you should think about what you can do to protect your body from chlorine, which can be very drying. Rub some Decleor Aroma Nutrition- Satin Softening Dry Oil through your hair to prevent the natural oils being stripped away, as regular swimmers often struggle with dry, brittle hair, even if they wear a swimming cap.
As with your hair, a prophylactic layer of moisture between you and the pool is the best way to look after yourself. Give yourself an all-over layer of Decleor Nourishing Rich Body Cream before you swim and this will act as a barrier, while leaving your skin feeling nourished, soothed, soft and more comfortable.
Once you’re out of the pool, it’s really important to wash away all of the chlorine residue which gets left on your skin, without using harsh soaps which will exacerbate any dryness. Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash moisturises your skin as you wash, using essential oils which nourish and hydrate the skin.
Washing your hair after swimming is really important, but if you swim daily you’ll need to make sure you use a shampoo which won’t strip the natural oils from your hair. Dermalogica Daily Cleansing Shampoo is sulphate free and is intended to be used on a daily basis. Moisturising oils infuse softness, shine and manageability and help strengthen hair and purify the scalp.
Swimming may be great for your body and mind but it can play havoc with your skin, leaving it sensitised and with areas of redness. We’d strongly suggest applying a layer of Dermalogica UltraCalming Serum Concentrate once you’re dried off as this will help to calm any redness and sooth areas which are feeling sensitive.