28 May 2013

Pool Side Savers: Beauty Tips For Swimmers!

It’s taken me a long, long time to find a form of exercise that I truly enjoy, and that I can fit easily into my life.  Eventually realising that my gym membership wasn’t going to use itself, and that I certainly wasn’t going to use it in the evenings (valuable blogging time!), I looked for something closer to work. Now I’m a member of a pool that I use at lunchtime, several times a week.

Of course, it’s meant making a few adjustments to my regular routine, so I thought I’d share!

Beauty, Hair and Skincare Tips For Swimmers


ONE I’m normally lazy about body cream, but the chlorine in the water can be very drying on the skin. Thanks heavens, then, for Garnier’s Ultimate Body Oil. This warm and nutty scented blend of argan, macadamia, almond and rose oils can be sprayed on after a post-pool shower and is rapidly absorbed, leaving no residue. Quick and easy, just the way I like it.

TWO The chlorine has an effect on hair, too, meaning a gentle but moisturising shampoo and conditioner are required. Elave products are perfect – the shampoo and conditioner are chemical free and protect the scalp from dryness.

THREE A drop or two of hair oil before and after hitting the pool can also work wonders – currently I’m loving the Liz Earle Botanical Shine Nourishing Hair Oil, which conditions and protects the hair.

FOUR My old swimsuit is on its last legs so I’m shopping around for more.  I fell in love with this retro River Island bikini but, on second thoughts, I think it’s more suited to the beach than the swimming pool. I’ll be investing in two new swimsuits – something basic and sporty for everyday, and something more flirty and fun for indulging in my spa break hobby! M&S will be my first port of call.

FIVE To protect against nasty fungal infections, pool shoes are a must - these slip on sandals from Skechers are ideal. They also minimise the risk of slipping on the wet floor tiles, they’re a bit more substantial than flip flops, and they won’t break the bank.  

SIX Shaving can also dry out the skin so the new Venus & Olay razor has been a godsend – it works to help replenish your skin’s moisture levels, thanks to the Olay gel bars at either side of the blades. The razor is designed to be easy to use- it gives a close, comfortable shave and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

Now if I could only find the perfect waterproof mascara, I’ll be happy. Any recommendations, and do you have any tips of your own? Share ‘em in the comments!

20 comments:

Keit said...

I've always wanted to attend pools more often. Ours are sticky and weird though... :D

fluff and fripperies said...

See, that's why you need pool shoes :)

Allsun Henderson said...

Great tips Em, the Liz Earle oil sounds fab for the hair.
Haven't been swimming in years, but your post has inspired me to go again. Happy swimming x

Izzie J. Collins said...

Have you tried Maybelline The Falsies? I can barely remove it with water so, I'm assuming it's great for swimming?

I also like Revlon Custom Eyes, they're waterproof and very hard to get off too!

x izzie

Mandy said...

Haven't been swimming in years but use to love it!!!

Amy Fashion Blog said...

cute swimsuit that you picked out. I just got a new one last year.

two birds said...

i'm going to have to try that spray oil...i am lazy about lotions, too!

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Alma Mott said...

I so love your site, looking forward for more of your beauty stuffs.

Emma said...

These are great tips Emma, unfortunately I never learned how to swim so I don't go near pools that often but I am hoping to learn soon so I can finally go swimming. I love the Gilette Olay products, the shave gel is really nice and moistuising!

Emma x

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

That swimsuit is crazy gorgeous!

Roisin MacL said...

Debenhams are having a 20% sale on swimwear at the moment btw!! The liz earle oil looks great must give it a shot!! :)

froggie said...

The YSL Nuit blanche mascara is good. I use it during the "normal" (during the work day) swims and also during the holidays and it stays put. Doesn't even transfer to the goggles.

For suits though, I always go with a proper sport brand (Arena or Speedo). They're not that expensive and really last.

And depending on how you swim (I do breaststroke), you can buy some 'hands fins' (for want of a better word, they're like gloves )

Kirsteen Bell said...

Great post, swimming is the only exercise I enjoy too. Like you I'm a bit rubbish at body moisturising - I'm just too lazy! I now use Aveeno Body Oil as shower gel and find that moisturises my eczema prone, dry skin beautifully, and I can get away with not moisturising as often. http://www.boots.com/en/Aveeno-Bath-Shower-Oil-250ml_983867/

MissGreenEyes said...

The body oil sounds amazing! I can't swim either so I don't go to the pool but I've been meaning to learn for years, going to take it up after baby arrives, it's a bit embarrassing to say that my 8 year old can swim and I can't!! As for waterproof mascara the one that I've tried was an Essence one in a blue tube and it was rubbish. So don't buy that one :)

Sam said...

Great beach beauty buys, I really like the sound of the hair oil

Emily {Isnt That Charming} said...

Great suggestions!
Isn’t That Charming.

little t said...

I love swimming too. Great tips.

Have you tried cannonball by urban decay? My sister and I both used it on her wedding day since we were scared we would start crying (neither of us did) but the mascara is very good.

Also on swimsuits, you should check out the Speedo Sculpture range. They are so flattering on but still suitable for swimming as a sport.

Sweet Like Cinnamon said...

Great tips Emma. I got a nice Speedo swimsuit from Littlewoods recently - I think they have a few in their range.

Lucky said...

A black one piece is essential for swimmers. Must try the Venus & Olay razor and like you always seeking the perfect waterproof mascara