Skin and Hair Care After Swimming

  • manpit209

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    Apr 05, 2009 4:25 AM GMT
    I've been using a special shampoo/conditioner and body gel from Summer Solutions to help me remove chlorine after a swim. The shampoo/conditioner works pretty well but the body gel thing simply sucks! After I use the body gel to wash out the chlorine, my skin still is kinda dry and itchy. I use lotion to moisturize again but I really would like a body gel that just does a better job. The consistency of body gel is almost like water and doesn't really even lather up very well. Are there any other body washes you guys have used which is better? I just want something to strip the chlorine and to produce a lot of lather with a small amount of gel. As of now I have to use a lot of gel to get the lather I want. Thanks for any feedback!!
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    Apr 05, 2009 6:05 AM GMT
    im a swimmer, but i dont use a special chlorine body wash, i just use Dial antibacterial and moisterizing. (comes in a couple differnt smells) its cheap and works pretty well! hope this helps
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    Apr 05, 2009 6:09 AM GMT
    I use Dr. Bronner's (google it)...it's all natural and works really well without overdrying the skin...but as chlorine tends to dry in and of itself, you may still have to moisturize...I do. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 05, 2009 7:43 AM GMT
    avoid the tempting hot shower after your swim, the water should be warm at most.

    you can try using a swim cap?
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    Apr 05, 2009 11:08 AM GMT
    I go swimming about 3 times a week - I just use some Radox Herbal shower gel (usually the 'active' one because I like the smell!!) then just some bog standard fragrance free Nivea body lotion - sorted! Plus its cheap and cheerful!! icon_biggrin.gif
  • manpit209

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    Apr 06, 2009 12:01 AM GMT
    I actually have Dial for Men Hair & Body with me in my gym bag in additional to the Summer Solution stuff. So you're saying that the Dial for Men gets rid of the chlorine pretty well too? If so, I'd use that. It has far more lather than the Summer Solution stuff. I looked up the other stuff and looks like it's not made to mostly to remove the chlorine but just for general haircare. I guess that means it's not all that necessary to use a product that strips chlorine. Sounds like any good shampoo/bodywash could do the trick.
  • UStriathlete

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    Apr 09, 2009 3:25 AM GMT
    nature's baby organic's makes a great body wash/shampoo, very cleansing and moisturizing. just cuz it says baby on it, you can still you use. great for sensitive skin. the face and body lotion is great too.

    www.naturesbabyproducts.com
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    May 01, 2009 3:32 AM GMT
    I can't suggest anything because, as you already know, I'm working out my own skin/chlorine issues in another thread, lol.
    But, in my experience: I sometimes use a water-resistant vaseline (I don't know what it is but it says "water-resistant vaseline on the container") after a swim to prevent dry-itching. This layer of vaseline remains on my body for a long time, so when I shower after swimming, the next day, I don't have too much of a problem with chlorine, and by then the vaseline has come off too. I don't get dry, and I don't smell like chlorine.
    This is not that normal disgusting vaseline that Burt Reynolds used in the movie, Striptease - it is a body lotion type moisturizing vaseline so it does not shine nor feel greasy or anything either. I am, however, silky smooth.

    The above I use on days when the pool is particularly heavy on the choline, but my usual routine is to use a normal body wash and sweating in the steam room, followed by normal moisturizer.

    PS for a good clean, I use one of those giant body scrub brushes.