Once you’ve found the bathing suit of your dreams, you’ll want to protect your investment. Treat your swimwear like fine lingerie. In other words, gently does it!
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Bathing suits typically contain stretchy fibers like Lycra, spandex or elastane. These figure flattering fabrics work to maintain shape and add comfort and support. However, chlorine, salt, sun creams and oils will break down the elasticity. After each use stretchy garments need time (at least 24 hours) to bounce back to their original shape. It’s smart to have more than one bathing suit so you can alternate use-especially when you’re on vacation. Finally an excuse you give your BF as to why you need a bigger suitcase!
Stay in the Shade
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Stay in the Shade
Everyone knows the importance of sun protection. Just as the sun’s rays can damage skin, UV rays can cause the stripes and polka dots on your favourite bikini to fade. That said bathing suits are made for fun in the sun. So if your suit has caught too many rays, soaking it in a sink with water and a cap full of white vinegar can prevent fading, brighten brights and remove stains caused by sunscreens and oils.
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After a swim give your suit some TLC. Rinse in cool water, then hand wash with a mild soap to remove chlorine or salt water. It’s also a good idea to wash your suit inside out. Never wash (or dry) your suit in a machine. Washing machines, harsh detergents and hot dryers can destroy fragile details like cups, padding, ties and straps. Don’t wring or twist your suit, lay it flat to dry. If you’re a fan of hot tubs you’ll need to know that the combination of chemicals and high heat will fade and stretch your suit faster than you can say Jacuzzi. But if the hot tub’s calling, it’s best to wear an old bathing suit, or choose a sturdier fabric like 100 % polyester. A good habit to get into while you’re poolside is to take advantage of the showers on-site and rinse off after every swim. Your bathing suit, (not to mention your skin and hair) will thank you.
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Don’t forget a sarong or cover-up. Lot’s of surfaces around pools and decks are rough, so it’s a good idea to have something to throw on over your suit to prevent pulls and snags. And…it’s always nice to have something stylish and pretty to wear when it’s time for cocktails!