A guide to baby swimming skincare
If you're thinking of taking your baby swimming, go for it! Going for a dip with your little one is a great bonding opportunity, and it can also build their confidence in the water. But if concerns about the cholorine in the pool are holding you back, there are lots of easy ways to take care of delicate baby skin when swimming.
Wet skin is actually less absorbent than dry skin, so rinsing your baby in non-chlorinated water before getting into the pool should reduce the amount of pool water their skin absorbs. Check to make sure the water is warm, so they aren't startled when getting in. After lightly patting them with a towel so they are still damp, you can gently massage in baby moisturizer to create a protective layer to keep their delicate skin moisturized when swimming (but before you do, check with the pool to make sure applying moisturizer before swimming is allowed). The hypoallergenic Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture Lotion soothes and cares for your baby's skin at its most sensitive, so it's great to keep in your swimming bag
“Chlorine isn’t ideal for your baby’s skin, so it’s best to make sure you wash off as much of it as you can,” says dad of one Sion. If you haven’t already, pack some body wash and shampoo. It's a good idea to make sure whatever you pack is as nourishing as possible to help protect their skin from drying out. Baby Dove Rich Moisture Tip to Toe Wash replenishes your baby’s skin and can help soothe the drying effect of the chlorine, while Baby Dove Rich Moisture Shampoo will help with removing chlorine from their hair to leave it soft and their scalp nourished.
Once the chlorinated water is washed away, it's important to put moisture back into their delicate skin. “Rinsing in water is good for getting rid of chlorine, but it can also wash away the natural lipids that help lock in skin moisture,” explains Katherine, Baby Dove Research and Development specialist and mom of one. “By using a Baby Dove baby lotion after drying, you can replenish that moisture, as they were specially designed to actually deposit skin natural nutrients”