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5 Tips For Keeping Your Swimsuit in Top Shape

Now that you've found the Summer suit of your dreams, let's keep the swimwear honeymoon alive. Translation: abide by these five no-fail tips and your beach-ready bikini will keep its shape, won't reek of pool chlorine, and will not fall victim to weird sunscreen-induced discoloration. When the water is calling our name, we know just how easy it is to put our swimsuits through the ringer, but this Summer, we promise: keeping your swimwear in tip-top shape has never been simpler. Keep reading for our holy grail of swimsuit care rules below.

  • Anticipate the wear and tear. Chlorine weakens synthetic and polyester fabrics and can break down a suit's elasticity. Not to mention, products like sunscreen and deodorant can discolor and stain your bikini after a couple trips to the water. To minimize the earlier signs of your beach-bunny habits, pretreat your swimsuit with a gentle stain solution soak. We're currently loving The Laundress Stain Solution ($18) because it's a triple threat: nontoxic, biodegradable, and allergen-free.
  • There's four more no-fail tips you need to take note of.

  • Rinse off your suit stat. As soon as you're done frolicking in the waves, basking in the sun, or dominating in a friendly cannonball contest, switch into your après-swim gear and wash away the day's waterlogged activities. Be forewarned: water won't cut it. But first thing's first: get yourself situated in a breezy-chic maxidress, then head to step three.
  • Get your hands dirty (read: handwash). To make sure your swimwear doesn't succumb to the surf, sand, and sunscreen you've been indulging in, you need to go the extra mile with a little handwashing TLC. Wash your swimsuit under cool water with a gentle detergent (think lingerie-strength), like Woolite ($7) or this handy, travel-sized three-pack iteration from Roux Maison ($15).
  • Roll — don't twist and ring. It may be easier to twist out the water from your swimsuit, but trust us, if you want this suit to make it to Summer's end, roll it out. The more you ring your wares, the more you risk stressing out the elastic fibers prematurely. The last thing you want is a serious skin-baring snafu at the beach.
  • The dryer is not your friend. Just say "no" to the dryer. Air-dry your swimsuit the old-fashioned way: hang it on a clothing line with supercute bird-shaped clothespins ($4), lie it flat, or improvise — a hanger and shower rod will do the trick too. If you do hang-dry your suit outside, then avoid placing it in direct sunlight to prevent any potential color fade.

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