Swimming isn't the most glamorous sport. Half the time, between caps and the water messing up our mascara, we look like bald raccoons! Over the years, I learned some ways to protect my skin and ensure that I look good when I'm dry!
1. Coconut Oil
I am constantly bathing in pool chemicals. So, to protect my hair and skin from getting dry and brittle, I take a small amount of the Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and coat my hair and skin in a thin layer. This helps prevent the chemicals from penetrating and leaves my hair feeling soft and healthy.
Ever since I moved to the amazing state of Colorado, I’ve realized how important it is to keep my skin moisturized...I can tell the difference when I let my skin get too dry. I use CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with SPF in the morning and their PM lotion at night on my face. On my body I use the CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion to keep my skin protected and moisturized. Don’t forget to moisturize your lips too with a lip balm! I love BurtsBees!
3. Remove the Chlorine
The only product that is scientifically proven to break the bond of chlorine is SwimSpray. It’s a simple product that actually works. Without it, I feel like I’m carrying around the odor and weight of the pool chemicals all day. My hair feels flat and my skin feels tight. So I spray SwimSpray on my skin and hair after every practice, before I shower. My skin can breathe, no chlorine smell, and my hair feels softer. I’ve tried all the fancy chlorine shampoos, but SwimSpray is simply better.
“Water is the essence of moisture. Moisture is the essence of beauty”-- Even though this quote by Derek Zealander in the movie Zoolander, is supposed to be a joke, water really is important in a beauty routine! Moisturizing your skin isn’t just putting on lotion; you have to hydrate your skin from the inside out. Drink as much water as possible and watch the color of your urine. The lighter, the better.
A gentle exfoliation once a week can clear away dead skin and dirt that gets stuck in your pores. I usually exfoliate on Sundays since I know I don’t swim that day and my skin can recover. The key word here is GENTLE. You don’t want to scrub your skin raw. I mix a half cup of sugar with a half cup of coconut oil to scrub not only my face, but also the rest of my body.
With my beauty routine to take care of my skin and hair, you don’t need any fancy chemicals. Just the stuff that works.
It’s that time of year again! It’s the time for frozen hair, steaming pools, and kids wrapped up in parkas. The winter swim season is a time of high intensity training and conditioning. While most kids are relaxing and eating Christmas cookies, swimmers are going through their toughest training of the year and eating even more Christmas cookies! It can be difficult to decide what presents to get the swimmer in your life, so here are my 5 recommendations:
1. Swim Like a Champion DVD Series
Imagine having an Olympian talk you through what they think about in their stroke and what drills they do to fine-tune their technique. With the Swim Like a Champion DVD Series, you can have 8! Not only are these 8 Olympians the best at their events, but they are also 8 of the best instructors who can articulate their thoughts and movements for a swimmers mind. I still think it’s amazing to watch Matt Grevers talk about his backstroke and then watch him swim from under water. I highly recommend this DVD for every swimmer who wants to improve their technique.
Order yours at FitterandFaster.com/DVD
2. Virtual Video Analysis to Improve Your Technique!
3. Swim Clinics with Fitter and Faster Swim Tour
5. A Stroke Analysis Session at SwimLabs
One of the frustrations with improving in swimming is that coaches have to stand on the deck and they never (or rarely) get to see what happens underwater. The best you can do with getting underwater footage is running along the side with an underwater camera, which gives you blurry and shaky results. Swimming at SwimLabs is an amazing experience where you swim in a flume surrounded by cameras while a coach works with you one-on-one to go over underwater and above water footage. You then get to take the video back to your training to show your coach and implement the adjustments into your practice. Not only is it really helpful, but it’s also a lot of fun. It’s an experience that your swimmer will treasure.
SwimLabs has many locations around the country and more opening all the time
Visit SwimLabs.com to find your closest location!
Everything listed here is a product of a company that I have chosen to partner with. I don’t partner with every company that comes along; I make sure that I fully believe in the entire vision before choosing to be a part of it. I hope you can enjoy all of these as much as I have! Thanks for reading and keep swimming fast!
Originally posted to Swimspray.com
The girl that’s the first in and last out of the pool has a lot of special qualities that translate well to being excellent relationship material. I might be biased, but distance swimmers are awesome. There are a lot of reasons why you should look under the cap and goggles and get to know a girl who loves distance swimming.
1. They go the distance!
Endurance is a trait that translates from in the pool to the deck of life. The type of girl who swims long distance isn’t going to give up easily. They’re going to be willing to work through any struggle. In fact, when the going gets tough, that’s when they get going! Distance swimmers are in it for the long haul and quitting isn’t an option as long as you’re willing to match the commitment.
3. You don’t have to entertain them very much!
Can you imagine how boring it can be to swim continuously for hours on end? Distance swimmers are going to get so excited to do anything! It’s very easy to plan a fun filled date night because anything is going to be more exciting than practice. The simplest things will be so exciting for a distance girl. That’s good news for your wallet!
4. They’re strong!
No more opening pickle jars for weak little girls with no muscle tone. Distance swimmers are long and strong so they can handle their pickle jars on their own. The massive strength does come along with a good set of wings so hopefully you’re a guy who’s into a set of nice toned shoulders.
Distance swimmers have that endurance so they can dance all night long! With such a solid aerobic base, dropping it low on the dance floor for hours upon hours is nothing. They probably won’t even get their heart rate up! The only challenge for you is to try to keep up!
Speaking of dancing, distance swimmers are great dancers. Freestyle is a very rhythmic stroke that takes a great deal of coordination and timing. With all that training to listen to the rhythm of our stroke, distance swimmers can take over the dance floor with our impressive new dance move: the flipturn.
During a set of 8x1000, distance swimmers have a lot of time to think. The thoughts that go through your head during a set like that tend to go off into very deep places. Distance swimmers have time to ponder the meaning of life and their place in the universe. This can lead to excellent conversation and deep discussions. You’ll never be bored with the topics a distance swimmer comes up with.
I’m sure after reading this article you’re thinking to yourself, “Where do I find this perfect creature?” I don’t blame you. Quickly, head to your closest pool! They’re probably there right now just waiting for their prince charming to hoist them out of the water and into the sunset. Just be sure to wait until they’ve finished their practice… and gotten some recovery food.
Chloe Sutton - Sharing my experience of 20 years of competitive swimming including 8 years on the National Team and 2 Olympic Games.