There is not any sport that comes close to giving you an experience of exploring the exquisite marine world. Freedivers from all over the world live for the moments that they get to spend underwater but as much as freediving soothes your mind and soul, it can be harsh on your skin. Prolonged exposure to sunlight and dehydration caused due to saltwater is not good for your skin and hair. Neglecting your skin and hair makes it appear older than it already is. This reason is not good enough for keeping freedivers away from what they love to do most. Following are some skin care tips that freedivers can incorporate in their routine to protect their skin from getting damaged when they are freediving:
How to prep your skin before you dive?
Even though you spent most of your time underwater, you still need to protect your skin from the harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays that you come in contact with during the time you spend on a boat, traveling to your location of diving. Apply a layer of sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more to your face, neck, arms, and all the exposed areas that are not covered by your clothes. The application of sunscreen should be done thirty minutes before you expose yourself to the sun.
In case you have long hair, then pull it back into a ponytail, leaving space for the strap of your mask so that you can get it off and on easily. Coat your hair with coconut oil to prevent the drying effects of saltwater.
How to take care of your skin on the boat?
Right after you reach the location of freediving, there are some things that you should keep in mind before you take the plunge. Wetting your hair with fresh water before you put your diving mask on will prevent it from becoming rough and frizzy from saltwater. Double-check your gear before diving to make sure that you are properly covered and protected.
Every time you resurface after a freediving session, spare a few minutes to relax in shade. Rinse your skin with fresh water and reapply sunscreen before diving back in. Keep yourself hydrated and apply lip balm to keep your lips from chapping from saltwater.
What to do post your diving session?
A post freediving skincare routine is a must for any freediver. A quick rinse with fresh water as soon as you get on the boat is a good way to start. Reapply a layer of sunscreen to your skin so that it can endure the harmful UV rays that are glaring on you. Take a shower when you get home and use a moisturizing body lotion that is formulated to repair or restore your skin. Apply a petroleum jelly-based lip balm and reapply a layer of sunscreen. Wash your diving mask to get rid of any bacteria so that it remains clean for your next freediving session. You can also apply aloe vera gel to any areas that have been sunburnt. Apply an anti-aging and undereye cream before going to bed.
Sunlight and saltwater will not keep you from freediving but the effects of these things can eventually become prominent on your skin and hair. But we hope that these skincare tips will help freedivers take better care of themselves before and after they indulge in a freediving session.