Today I want to talk about skin care. I have been swimming for several years. I’m not on a team but I still swim almost every day and recently I started teaching swim lessons for my local YMCA. All of those years in the chlorine have taught me a few things about keeping my skin healthy.
First, I have a few general tips and then we’ll get to my actual routine.
Tip 1. DRINK WATER! Lots of it. All the time. Dehydration will only make your skin more dry. I try to drink my body weight in ounces of water every day but I think the rule is like eight cups. Have a full water bottle with you all the time and drink from it often. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated so don’t wait until then. It’s also really good for your body to drink a cup of water as soon as you get up. It activates your internal organs and gets your body ready for healthy digestion during the day.
Tip 2. Rinse the chlorine off as soon as you get out of the pool. The sooner you get it off your skin the better. I don’t like to shower at the pool but I still take a quick one to rinse off and then take my real shower when I get home. And don’t wait too long once you get home to shower and really wash off every bit of chlorine.
Tip 3. Eat healthy. Overall health will help your skin be healthy too. Fruits and veggies will also help with keeping you hydrated.
Now to my routine. I usually swim in the evening so I do most of my skin care in then.
Whether I swim that night or not, I like to take my makeup off with a wipe before I use a cleanser. If I do swim I like to take my makeup off first, no one wants to have mascara running down their face while their in the water. Right now I’m using Neutrogena’s makeup remover wipes. You can find them here.
After I get out of the pool I like to cleanse my face. I also cleanse every morning. Right now I’m using the Positively Radiant cleanser by Aveeno. You can find it here. It’s inexpensive and it gets the job done but I think when I’ve used it up I’m going to try the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser. You can find the Fresh cleanser here.
When my skin gets really dry it gets flaky so I exfoliate at least three times a week. I like to use this homemade scrub that is really effective and also moisturizes. The recipe is 1 cup brown sugar, one half cup of olive oil, and no more than one eighth teaspoon of cinnamon. I use the cinnamon to help with acne but if you have sensitive skin I would skip it because it can irritate your skin.
While I’m in the shower I like to wash the chlorine off of the rest of my skin. I really like the Bath and Body Works Be Enchanted body wash. You can find it here.
I moisturize my face with pure coconut oil at night. It’s really intensely moisturizing but it makes your face look shiny and oily until it soaks in and that takes a while. In the mornings I like to use something that I can put makeup over fairly quickly. I really like the MadeOn Simply Shea facial emollient. The only ingredients are shea butter and rosehip seed oil. You can find it here.
And that completes my skin care routine! What is yours?
Have a great day!