8 Essential Things Everyone Who Loves Swimming Needs to Know

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3. How to not get ’Swimmer’s Ear’

Our ears are well-protected from water by nature because of the shape of our auricle. It doesn’t allow water to get inside and stagnate, while the sulfur in ear wax retains the acidic pH and kills bacteria and fungi. But the ear wax of people who swim a lot tends to get washed out and that’s when ears become vulnerable. With the weakening and overcooling of the body, it can lead to otitis.

Doctors recommend wiping ears with the corner of tissues, drying them with a hair dryer (not with hot but warm airflow), and using drip ear drops that are alcohol-based. The perfect option would be to use special swimming hats and earplugs that are available in various shapes — mushrooms, balls, and arrows. There are also earplugs for kids and earplugs without silicone that are made of a hypoallergenic material with wax and almond oil.

4. Avoiding the harmful effects of salt and chlorine

In order to keep your skin healthy while swimming in the ocean, always remember to take a shower afterward. It will help cleanse the skin from toxins that are drawn out by the salt. After your showerdry your skin thoroughly and apply moisturizing lotion.

Pools with chlorine often cause inflammation of the eyes, aging of the skin, and deterioration of hair quality. How do you protect yourself? The best option is to use pools where disinfection is done with the help of ozone or ultraviolet. They add less chlorine to the water in these pools. A tight hat and glasses with a silicone frame can protect you in an ordinary swimming pool.

Always remove makeup before swimming because the reaction of chlorine and cosmetics can cause an allergic reaction. Also, apply coconut oil or nourishing body cream to your whole body. After swimming, take a shower with a shower puff and shower gel, wipe your body with a towel, and apply moisturizers with linolenic acids, lecithin, vitamins A and E, and oils. If you’re swimming in an indoor pool, don’t go outside right away afterward, especially in cold weather — wait for 20-30 minutes so that the excess moisture evaporates from the skin.

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