A vain person’s guide to water sports: how to waterproof your makeup and deal with chlorine

 

 

In the last few months I’ve been hitting the pool more regularly thanks to Healthy Summer 2011/2012 goals.

Here are a few things that I’ve learnt along the way about a) protecting my hair and skin from sun/chlorine  b) waterproofing my makeup so even if I tend to look like a drowned rat in the water, at least I’ll be a well groomed rat. This is especially crucial if I am at the beach and there are good looking lifeguards around :)

 

Waterproof Makeup:

Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector #4 (dark brown black)

price: RPP US $19.00 or, approx $39.00 from Australian stockists

Although not as exciting as the Chanel Illusion D’Ombres, or NARS lipglosses, this modest product is probably THE standout cosmetic item of 2011 for me. I have very light and sparse brows so I was thrilled to finally find a product that stays on my brows through intense cardio as well as long swims.

 

Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector #4 (dark brown black)

Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector #4 (dark brown black)

Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector #4 swatch

Makeup Forever Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector #4 swatch

 

 

Becca Beach Tints:

price: RRP AUS $42.00, or US $24 at Apothica.com  

Becca is an Australian brand with strong roots in beach culture, so it’s not a surprise that they have some fantastic products to keep you looking cute in the water. I wouldn’t necessarily bother with these for laps at the local pool, but I’d have a tube in my handbag (for those lifeguards we discussed).

The Beach Tints take 5 seconds to apply, and clings on to cheeks and lips through hours of swimming and frolicking.

 

keep reading after the jump!

Becca Beach Tints Watermelon (top) and Peach (bottom)

Becca Beach Tints Watermelon (top) and Peach (bottom)

 

Becca Beach Tints swatches: Peach (left) and Watermelon (right)

Becca Beach Tints swatches: Peach (left) and Watermelon (right)

 

Protecting your skin

Chlorine does horrible things to my skin, especially in the winter time when my skin is already prone to eczema. Not only does it make my skin dry, itchy, and scaly- Chlorine is an oxidant which ages the skin with repetitive exposure. Not nice.

While you can purchase pre-swim waterproof lotions like Dermaswim Pro to shield the skin from chlorine and bromine in swimming pools, waterproof sunscreen will do just as well (by forming a water tight barrier between your skin and pool chemicals). I slather on my Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant sunscreen (reviewed here) when I’m swimming in chlorinated pools (even when it’s indoors), and it really does cut down on the post swim irritation.

It goes without saying that if you are swimming outdoors you need to apply a decent waterproof sunscreen. Two current favourites of mine for swimming are the Invisible Zinc 4Hrs Water Resistant Sunscreen,  and BurnOut Ocean Tested Physical Sunscreen both of which I covered in detail in my Summer Series sunscreen reviews.

 

Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant Sunscreen (right)

Invisible Zinc 4hrs Water Resistant Sunscreen (right)

 

 

Protecting hair from chlorine:

We all know what chlorine does to hair- turns the glossiest locks into brittle crazy cat lady hair, turns blonde hair green, and irritates the crap out of scalp.

Hair is porous, so if you wet your hair before you get into the pool it doesn’t soak up the chlorinated water nearly as much. If you also apply some leave in conditioner or treatment oils before you tie your hair back, the silicones/oils will offer your hair additional protection from pool chemicals.

I must confess that this is the bit that I always forget to do- I’m very lazy when it comes to hair, but it’s definitely something that I need to start doing each swim.

 

I hope someone out there found this useful! If you have any other tips please let me know in the comments.

 

 

 

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