Before: Chlorine mixes with copper in pool water to tint blond hair sea-monster shades. And although pastel hair colors are abound this season, green hair hasn't quite made the trend list . . . yet. Be sure to sidestep an unwanted dye job (or dried-out strands) by applying a leave-in conditioner to wet hair before your laps for protection. The conditioner will slow the rate of the pool chemicals seeping into your hair cuticles. You can also wear a swim cap during your dip.
After: Follow up with a thorough shampoo postswim. Try Aubrey Organics Swimmer's Normalizing Shampoo ($13) or a natural vinegar rinse to restore your hair.
Before: Salt, sand, and poolside stucco can wreak havoc on a pedicure while also weakening the nails until they start to peel and yellow. Avoid chipping and peeling with a few coats of nail strengthener before you hit the water. Better yet, splurge for a gel manicure and pedicure before your vacation for a longer-lasting option.
After: Be ready to repair your nails at a moment's notice by keeping the same shade on hand for touch-ups. You can dip a toothpick in the lacquer to fill in a chip. Or, use polish remover to smooth the nail, then top with another coat of polish. Voilà! You'll have sandal-ready feet once again. You'll also want to moisturize dried-out cuticles with an oil postpool.
Before:Sidestep sunburn and redness by slathering on a water-resistant sunscreen with SPF 30 or more before you head to the pool. Also diligently reapply every 40 to 80 minutes according to the labels instructions.
After: After you've been playing beach bum for days, perhaps the peeling process has begun. Reach for an aloe-rich lotion to soothe dry and irritated skin, or take the spa route and hop into a milk bath for a healing soak. If despite your sunscreen efforts your criss-crossed bikini has left you with a graphic skin design, blend tan lines in a hurry using a fast-acting self-tanner like St. Tropez Instant Glow Body Lotion ($18) on pale spots. Then, exfoliate regularly to help fade the lines faster.
Before: Did you know it's possible to get sunburn in your eyes? It's important to carry shades with UV-protective lenses or wear a floppy hat to shield your corneas from the harmful rays. When it comes to taking a dip, it's not necessarily chlorine that causes inflamed, burning eyes at the pool. In fact, recent research attributes red eyes to germs found on people, such as cosmetics, dirt, and sweat, that mixes with chlorine in the water. Avoid looking bloodshot by wearing goggles to keep bacteria and salt out of your eyes.
After:Postswim rinse eyes with water and then use drops like Visine Totality Multi-Symptom Relief ($7).