I’m currently training for an Ironman and my training plan requires me to participate in 3 x 1 hour swim sessions a week. Now Spring/Summer is closing in it’s more likely that I will be training in my local outdoor lake, but for the time being it’s in an indoor pool, with chlorine. We all know that chlorine leaves you smelling like a swimming pool for the rest of the day and night but worst of all for me is it leaves my skin incredibly dry, and for anyone else who has ever suffered with Eczema or dry skin you’ll understand how frustrating and how sore this can be.
I find if I don’t put on some moisturising cream on immediately following a swim my skin can feel very dry, mainly on my hands and face.
When I suffered with Eczema when I was younger the only answer was using the steroid creams that the Doctors recommended but over time I learned these creams thin the skin and are usually only a short term fix so I decided to try and find something that was steroid-free but still kept it under control.
After doing some research, I found the Dermatique cream range, a brand who make products specifically for people who suffer with dry skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis as well as those who are just looking to help their skin to repair without using steroid creams (website here: www.dermatique.co.uk)
I liked the look of their Recuperating Cream as it is free from steroids, mineral oils, parabens and colours and also unscented, which is good as I find that perfumed creams can sometimes irritate my skin even more.
After using the Recuperating Cream on my hands and face after every swim session for a few weeks it has completely cleared up the dry patches/Eczema type skin and it also feels like I can go longer without moisturising before the skin dries out. Which is good as T1 is not meant for moisturising!
My skin absorbs the cream very quickly and I like that it comes in a small pot rather than a tube as this makes it faster to apply when you’re rushing around after training and makes it less likely to spill in your wash bag. I’ve also been using it on a few dry patches on my eyes which have always needed steroid ointments to fix and it has cleared it up in a few days and hasn’t irritated the skin at all.
Pros: Doesn’t feel like a traditional Eczema cream. Clears up dry skin quickly and just works.
Cons: At £29.00 for a 100ml pot of the cream this can seem expensive if you are used to buying high street moisturisers but it is the only one I have found that clears up my dry skin and a little goes a long way so I think the 100ml pot would last you a long time.
I hope this has helped to give you an idea into how the cream works and whether it would be right for you. Chlorine is extremely drying to the skin and it’s important to use a good moisturiser after each swim session to protect from long term damage. If you would like to try the Recuperating Cream see this link: https://dermatique.co.uk/shop/recuperating-cream/ or if you have any questions feel free to send me a tweet.