Whilst swimming on a regular basis is great for both your mind and body, regular exposure to chlorinated water in particular can lead to dry or flaky skin. In very cold weather spells, you might also find your hands and lips are particularly at risk of drying out.
However, there are some quick and easy tricks to build into your regular skin care and swim routine to ensure your skin doesn't suffer from a regular swim.
It's good pool etiquette to have a brief shower before you swim, but there are also benefits to your skin in doing so. Hydrating your skin cells (and your hair follicles) before exposing them to chlorinated water is said to minimise their ability to absorb the chlorine which can dry your skin out.
Before, during and after your swim make sure you are drinking water as you would with any other exercise. It can be easy when swimming, given all the water around you, to forget how much your body needs rehydrating so make a point of taking a full bottle with you to every swim. Hydrated skin is healthy skin.
Hooray - there's a very good reason to stay in the shower a little bit longer... Make sure you rinse thoroughly post-swim to remove any lingering chlorine and pool water.
Ideally, you'd moisturise your full body after every post-swim shower to keep your skin soft and hydrated. However, if time is short (and we know the feeling) then even just applying moisturiser to the critical areas which tend to dry out quickest (for us that backs of knees, elbows, hands and face) is better than nothing and will help keep your skin soft. We recommend using either a thick moisturiser (which doesn't have to be expensive) or oil (such as coconut oil) to maximise the rehydration of your skin.
If you're swimming several times a week then consider swimming in a fresh water pool or lido or indeed outdoors on one of your swims to minimise exposure to the chemicals that come with most indoor pools. Who knows, you might just discover a new favourite swim spot!
Let us know how you get on and if we've missed any of your best skin care tricks then please let us know!
We've developed our unique Muse Measurement sizing system to offer a comfortable, sleek and sculpting fit, whatever your shape or size.
We know that no two “size 12” bodies are the same, so our sizing is tailored to three different body shapes:
Step One: Pick your usual UK dress size from 8-20.
Step Two: Pick your bust size based on our Muse Measurements system:
|BRA CUP SIZE||AA - B||C - E||F - HH|
So if you typically wear a UK size 14 and wear a 34A bra, you’d order a 14 Hepburn. Likewise if you’re a UK size 10 and wear a 30F bra, you’d order a 10 Hendricks.
All our pieces are designed to offer stretch. However, if you’re in between sizes we recommend sizing up.
If you are very long in the body, we also recommend going up a dress size to offer additional length.
Our Swimbras & Swim Crops are designed to fit snugly so that you feel 100% secure as you move. We have developed a precise Bikini Sizing System to help you identify your correct size.
|BIKINI TOP SIZING||Cup Size|
Band Size (inches)
|26-28||8 Hepburn||8 Monroe||8 Hendricks|
|28-30||10 Hepburn||10 Monroe||10 Hendricks|
|30-32||12 Hepburn||12 Monroe||12 Hendricks|
|34-36||14 Hepburn||14 Monroe||14 Hendricks|
|38-40||16 Hepburn||16 Monroe||16 Hendricks|
|42-44||18 Hepburn||18 Monroe||18 Hendricks|
All our knickers come in standard UK dress sizes from size 8 - 18.
We currently offer all bikinis in sizes 8-18 and all swimsuits in sizes 8-20.
We are very aware that our size range is still relatively limited. We’re a small independent brand, and have focused initially on offering a highly comprehensive and effective set of products to women who wear dress sizes 8-20.
However we are very responsive to demand. If you would like to see more sizes in different types of products please get in touch at email@example.com - we'd love to hear from you.
For example, when we first launched back in June 2017 we tested customer demand for our products in sizes 8-16. So many of you got in touch to say that you were interested in our swimwear but needed larger sizes that within six months we expanded our size range up to UK size 20. We're really listening to you.
Any questions or want to check your size in more detail? Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.