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staff writer
September 19th, 2011, 03:10 PM
Hi Everyone,

We're working on an article for the Jan/Feb issue of SWIMMER on the effects of chlorine on skin and how swimmers manage. Anybody got a lotion they swear by or another remedy for the itchy dryness that they want to share?

Thanks,

Your loyal USMS staff writer

ElaineK
September 19th, 2011, 03:52 PM
I have found Cetaphil to work the best. During winter, when the air is also dry, I use Cetaphil cream on the rough spots. The cream and lotion both work great! I have used Lubriderm, Eucerin, St. Ives, Vaseline lotion, and several other brands, however, none of them worked as well as Cetaphil.

KatieK
September 19th, 2011, 06:24 PM
I always take a shower and wet my hair before I get in the pool. That seems to protect my hair and skin from the chlorine.

pwb
September 19th, 2011, 06:37 PM
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sbegonia
September 19th, 2011, 06:46 PM
I swear by this: http://goo.gl/Tz3DB

It's the only pre-swim lotion I know of and it really blocks the chlorine from leeching into the skin. The only bad thing is that it really stays on even through a couple of showers, so you end up smelling like the lotion - for me that's better than smelling like chlorine. But in the summer, when I swim in outdoor pools, I don't experience the lasting effects of an over-chlorinated indoor pool, so I haven't been using it lately.

funkyfish
September 19th, 2011, 09:50 PM
I always take a shower and wet my hair before I get in the pool. That seems to protect my hair and skin from the chlorine.
Oddly enough, this seems to work for me as well. Granted, I'm not too worried about dry skin, and my current hairstyle is very short. My skin seems to dry out more if I get caught out in the sun for very long, more so than being in a swimming pool for 1.5 hrs. Also read where adequate hydration is good for the skin, and I tend to drink (water) quite a bit throughout the day.
:bouncing:

wnt2bfst
September 20th, 2011, 12:31 AM
The pool water really affects my hair. mo one can tell if I am going gray or bleached blonde. Only my hair dresser knows for sure. And my hair is always like straw. It looks like I over do the gel. I have used shampoo and conditioner after swims but they do not seem to help with the brittleness. Thoroughly wetting my hair before I get into the pool seems to be the best defense.

With short spiky hair I look like an old dude trying to look like a 20 something stud. Although I doubt anyone would still card me at the liquor store. Evan here in Utah.

A side effect is always having my sheets smell like they do at a Holiday Inn.

robertsrobson
September 20th, 2011, 06:29 AM
I find a good old wash afterwards does the trick! Sometimes I get dry skin, but don't go for all this men's grooming nonsense.

Bobinator
September 20th, 2011, 08:21 AM
I like all the Gold Bond lotions in the winter time.
The biggest havoc chlorine wreaks on me isn't my skin, it's the lining of my nose and sinuses. I've found that a saline squirt bottle rinse up the nostrils after every swim helps normalize my sinuses and even prevent dreaded sinus infections!

staff writer
September 20th, 2011, 08:44 AM
Thanks for the diverse and helpful replies! I'm going to try and fit em all in. Keep the thoughts coming, please.

orca1946
September 20th, 2011, 11:15 AM
Cataphil every time has taken the itch & scratch out of swim season!! Good stuff!

swimshark
September 20th, 2011, 01:09 PM
I actually like the smell of chlorine on my skin after I swim. It reminds me of how I worked hard that morning. Oh my hair, however, I use "Take Out" by Cibu. It works to take out chlorine as well as general build-up.

ElaineK
September 20th, 2011, 04:36 PM
Cataphil every time has taken the itch & scratch out of swim season!! Good stuff!

Do you mean "Cetaphil"? If so, I agree; it IS good stuff! My dermatologist recommended it and I have used it ever since.

jswim
September 21st, 2011, 06:36 PM
I use Derma swim pro on my skin as a pre-swim lotion which works really well for me. I used to get itchy shins really badly to the point of a rash until I started using this. Plus I could always smell the chlorine off-gassing at night in bed, it was aweful!

I sometimes use a small amount of conditioner after wetting my hair which helps a lot. (I used to also have the straw hair issue as well as the 'green hair' issue! LOL)

:)
J

bcoomes
September 21st, 2011, 10:32 PM
The main problem chlorine poses for me is my hair. It has become a bit unmanageable. So I deal with it with hair gel. Maximum hold hair gel. It can feel like I've used some form of epoxy resin on my hair, but I like knowing it is going to stay where it is supposed to be.

LauraAswim
September 22nd, 2011, 10:02 AM
Bag Balm. I know the concept of it is gross, but it works like a charm on really dry patches, hands, feet, and elbows.

http://www.bagbalm.com/

swimmerb212
September 23rd, 2011, 09:22 PM
I find that showering helps...

And then when I get there: Tri Swim - Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Lotion! That's all I need, that stuff is the best!

sanwin
September 30th, 2011, 01:02 PM
My hair has always been dry and horrible looking till I went to a new hairdresser. She had me use Eufora product, I used the urgent repair shampoo and cream rinse. After 40 yrs of swimming my hair looks wonderful.

RuffWater
September 30th, 2011, 03:35 PM
I use Derma swim pro on my skin as a pre-swim lotion which works really well for me. I used to get itchy shins really badly to the point of a rash until I started using this.

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who gets crazy itchy shins.

norascats
October 1st, 2011, 05:24 AM
I have no problems in the summer, when I run around in shorts and tank tops, getting lots of fresh air and the sunshine vitamin D.
It starts in the winter, when I can't go our without covering up and I spend less time outside anyway. By March, my skin is a mess. Vitamin D supplements help, but are not enough.
Do people who live in warmer climates have the same skin issues that we in the north have?

want2beafish
October 1st, 2011, 07:14 AM
All a swimmer needs is right here -- http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/body-products/body-product-best-sellers/shea-body-butter.aspx

Yes! And this too: http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/bath-products/shower-gel/shea-shower-cream.aspx

I like a product called "It's a 10" for my hair. It's a silicone-based leave-in spray. I find that it keeps the shine in my hair, and it also offers additional protection from the effects of chlorine. My hairdresser recommended it, and I swear by it. I keep a bottle at home and a bottle in my swim bag. I'm never without it. http://itsa10haircare.com/hairsite/2010/05/11/004/

annekobbermann
October 1st, 2011, 05:17 PM
I've tried many different products over the years. However, what seems to work the best is showering and lotioning up right after getting out of the pool. It doesn't seem to matter what I use as long as I use it right away. If I don't shower right away (which happens occasionally when I swim on the weekends), I find that my skin gets painfully dry and it takes a lot of work to get it feeling back to normal.

I don't have as much problem with my hair. It is thick, so I've always had to use separate shampoo and conditioner at baseline. I definitely think having a separate conditioner helps with the chlorine, though.

Oh, and like someone said, I love the smell of chlorine on my skin. Sometimes later in the day after I swam in the morning I'll lick my skin just to smell it again. It's my second favorite smell (falling shortly behind that organic smell in the air at dusk on a crisp fall evening). I find that no matter what lotion I put on, I can still smell the chlorine. :)

laser90
October 3rd, 2011, 03:04 PM
Aveeno Lotion is what I use it's made with oatmeal. What I like about this lotion is that it's not greasy absorbs quickly and my wife likes the way it make my skin feel. Now do you need any other endorsement that! ....wife approved! Any lotion must be applied right after taking a shower, pat dry with the towel (never rub) and then put the lotion on. Your spouse will love it!

As far as my hair, I lost that in my 30s and 40s so I don't do anything for that!

ElaineK
October 4th, 2011, 05:24 PM
I have found Cetaphil to work the best. During winter, when the air is also dry, I use Cetaphil cream on the rough spots. The cream and lotion both work great! I have used Lubriderm, Eucerin, St. Ives, Vaseline lotion, and several other brands, however, none of them worked as well as Cetaphil.

Cetaphil was just rated the best body lotion in the November issue of Consumer Reports. It was the most effective for moisturizing, beating out Eucerin, Aveeno, Nivea Gold Bond, Vaseline, Equate (Walmart), Suave, CeraVe, Jergens, CVS, Lubriderm, W (Walgreens), and Up & Up (Target).

orca1946
October 4th, 2011, 06:41 PM
1st swim team practice wed. eve. Back to the clock & lotion!!