Girl with goggles getting ready to swim art Davina's Swim House

Skin and hair care should be a year-round routine for all ages, but during the cold seasons, it is even more important to do it. Due to temperature and humidity changes during winter, most people’s skin tends to become dry, and in extreme cases, it can crack and even open. For swimmers, the added component of pool chemicals makes skin even more prone to be affected. A condition that can also be applied to hair, which, if not treated correctly can get dry, thin and break very easily. 

At Davina’s Swim House we offer swimming lessons throughout the whole year, and we want our swimmers to be comfortable in and outside the pool. That is why we have compiled our team’s best tips for skin and hair care during the winter months:

Before Swimming

Hydration 

A key element to fight dry skin is constant hydration. Even on the days you are not swimming, you should use moisturizing lotion all over your body, especially after showering. Skin needs to be hydrated from the outside AND the inside. That’s the reason why drinking water is also very important; people tend to be more aware of their water intake during the warmer months, but in the winter it should be as essential.

For your hair, the same principle applies. If you start to notice it is dry and thin, use hair-repair treatments that hydrate it and make sure the shampoo and conditioner you use is made from natural ingredients, and if possible that it is free of sulphates, parabens, phthalates, and formaldehyde.

Pre-Swim Rinse

A great way to protect your hair and skin from the pool chemicals is to take a quick shower before your swim lesson. Your body will soak up with freshwater, thus reducing the amount of chlorinated water it will absorb while you swim. 

P.S It will also keep the pool cleaner for everybody! A win-win for all!

Vitamins and Antioxidants 

Sometimes the body needs extra help to protect itself, and that’s why if you suffer from dry skin, you should consider adding some multivitamins and Omega 3 to your day. They will help you at a cellular level and enhance the water-retention capabilities of your cellular membrane. 

Another great way for healthy skin is to have a diet rich in antioxidants which reduce oxidative stress in the cells. Berries, dark chocolate, kale, green/matcha tea, beans or spinach, are some of the power-foods you can take to increase your antioxidant levels. 

After Swimming

After-Swim Rinse & Moisturizing 

It is very important that you take a warm (not hot) shower after you are done swimming to rinse off all the chlorine from your body. Allowing it to dry on your skin may cause irritation and rashes. 

If possible, try to only take one shower a day, meaning that if you know you are going swimming, make the after-swim shower, your shower of the day. The more you bathe, the more protective oils you rinse from your skin. 

The products you use for the after-swim shower should be very gentle with your skin and hair. Don’t be rough or scrub too harshly, this might irritate and cause redness on your skin.

Once you are done with your after-swim rinse, use a soft towel to dry off, and remember to be gentle, the skin can be easily irritated and you don’t need to scrub it.

Use shampoo and conditioner on your hair. Don’t detangle it with a brush, it’s best to do it with your fingers or a comb to avoid breaking it.

Use a body lotion after you finish drying. Oil-based moisturizers tend to work best but find the one that is right for you and your skin type. If the skin is too dry, apply lotion again before going to bed. 

Abstain from going outside with wet skin. The abrupt change of temperature might cause your skin to crack. 

Wash your Swimsuit

Wash your swimsuit after every swim lesson. Besides making it last longer, it will eliminate the dry chlorine attached to it that could cause irritation to the skin.