Hair and skin care for swimmers

  • manpit209

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    Dec 24, 2007 9:04 PM GMT
    I haven't been swimming daily but once I start doing that, I'm assuming that my skin could get pretty dry and I'd have some hair damage. Do you guys have advice on products to help alleviate these conditions? Thanks!
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    Dec 25, 2007 1:02 PM GMT
    I personally like the Malibu "Swim & Sport" line of chlorine removing shampoo / conditioner. Has an orange smell if I remember correctly (had such short hair for so long, it's been awhile since I used it).

    Go to Keifer's website - they list a bunch of options
    http://www.kiefer.com/

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  • UStriathlete

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    Dec 25, 2007 3:32 PM GMT
    actually put lotion on before you get in. creates a barrier. and if you wear a cap, but conditioner on then your cap.
    there's a kids line of product called Nature's baby and it's super moisturizing. no chemicals and crap. the conditioner and body lotion are the bomb.
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    Dec 26, 2007 4:56 PM GMT
    SWEET. I swim as well and i was wondering about this since i'm growing my hair out for Locks Of Love and I want it to be in the best condition possible obviously.
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    Dec 26, 2007 5:08 PM GMT
    I use TriSwim products. I don't have the hair to worry about, but remember the days of having cotton candy head from the chlorine. I do get very dry skin, especially in the winter.

    Check out TriSports.com, they have a good selection of products for swimming.

    http://trisports.com/lubricants.html

    http://trisports.com/shandco.html
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    Dec 27, 2007 6:06 PM GMT
    citpolo saidI personally like the Malibu "Swim & Sport" line of chlorine removing shampoo / conditioner. Has an orange smell if I remember correctly (had such short hair for so long, it's been awhile since I used it).

    Go to Keifer's website - they list a bunch of options
    http://www.kiefer.com/

    prepare to be on their catalog mailing list for the rest of eternity


    I 2nd Citpolo's recommendation of Malibu "Swim & Sport". I've been using it for a few years now and I also get mine from Keifer.

    There are some other shampoos for chlorine removal but, Mailbu will not ruin your swimsuit like the other shampoos will.
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    Dec 27, 2007 6:19 PM GMT
    UStriathlete saidactually put lotion on before you get in. creates a barrier. and if you wear a cap, but conditioner on then your cap.


    I dont agree with this at all - nothing worse than swimming past someone (especially women) who have pit lotion on or havent washed off their shampoo before getting into the pool - you get this stench of fragrence that is quiet horrible.

    For the sake of other swimmers you should only get into the water once all chemicals are washed off your skin and hair
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    Dec 27, 2007 6:59 PM GMT
    irish_kayaker said[quote][cite]UStriathlete said[/cite]actually put lotion on before you get in. creates a barrier. and if you wear a cap, but conditioner on then your cap.


    I dont agree with this at all - nothing worse than swimming past someone (especially women) who have pit lotion on or havent washed off their shampoo before getting into the pool - you get this stench of fragrence that is quiet horrible.

    For the sake of other swimmers you should only get into the water once all chemicals are washed off your skin and hair[/quote]

    I agree wish Irish. It is common courtesy to shower and remove as many chemicals from your body before you get into shared water.
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    Dec 27, 2007 7:11 PM GMT
    I've never heard of a pool that doesn't (at least theoretically) require users to take a soap and water shower before entering the pool.

    Any product that you put on your skin or hair before entering the water might provide a temporary barrier for the individual, but it quickly makes the overall pool environment worse. This stuff washes off into the water where it reacts to inactivate the chlorine or bromine, which forces the system to add more chlorine and also forms organochlorine by-products that might be harmful.

    Ordinary body oils and secretions do this too, but lotions make the situation exponentially worse. Use your products after your swim.
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    Dec 27, 2007 7:17 PM GMT
    I was a competitive diver for a number of years. Use shampoo and conditioner when you get out of the pool, and a regular moisturizer all over your body after getting out. every pool I have been in says you are supposed to take a shower before getting in, though i never knew a diver who did. Having lotion on your body while swimming is never a comfortable thing you kind of feel slimy like a fish, and it washes off pretty fast anyways.

    Also you have really short hair so you don't have to worry about the damage to your hair especially if you are only swimming for max an hour a day. Honestly I would spend two hours a day in the pool and never really had to worry about using moisturizers. The only time I had to worry about dry skin was when I was teaching swimming lessons and spending between 6 and 8 hours a day in the pool.
  • manpit209

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    Jan 13, 2008 9:06 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies so far. I was browsing around the site when I started coming across the banner ads for SwimOutlet.com which has some interesting stuff. Below are some links of products for hair and body I found. Has anyone used these before? Thanks!

    Summer Solutions: Shampoo/Conditioner
    Summer Solutions: Body Wash
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    Jan 22, 2008 2:18 PM GMT
    I get "social faux pas" argument, but on the other hand, when I'm spending almost 6 hours per day with my team, 4 of which are in the pool, you get over it really quickly. Personally, I did use a non scented lotion before I got in, and vasoline over any bad exzema breakouts I had. It did deteriorate over time, but it worked for a while. I have really bad exzema as well as generally dry skin, so I really needed to do something or else my skin would have just fallen off.

    As far as hair care, the chlorine fighting shampoo/conditioner works pretty well, my personal favorite though was making a paste of baking soda and then putting it in the weave. Stripped the chlorine right out. Of course, I didn't really care all that much about my hair in the first place, lord knows that by the end of the season it was pure white and you could pull out tufts of it. So generally, if you find yourself in a really bad spot shaving might be the best bet.