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We’ve all experienced that dreadful moment. The moment when you realize that your favorite swimsuit no longer looks beautiful and new. You may not realize it, but your swimsuits are exposed to very damaging products, like sun, oils and chlorine with each wear. Taking simple precautionary measures after each wear protects swimsuits and helps keep their just-bought appearance. Wondering how you can keep your swimsuits looking new?

Here are our seven best tips:

Don’t dry swimsuits in the dryer.

Heat from dryers can be very damaging to swimsuits. The heat can cause the elastic to deteriorate or stretch. Overtime, these changes to the elastic cause the swimsuit to lose it’s like-new fit. Avoid drying your swimsuits in the dryer to preserve the quality.

Hand-wash swimsuits.

Avoid washing your swimsuits in the washing machine whenever possible. The washing machine can be harsh all parts of a swimsuit – straps, cups, padding, etc. It’s best to wash a swimsuit by hand to ensure it’s handled delicately.

Use a lingerie mesh bag for washing.

Wash your swimsuit in a lingerie mesh bag if you must wash it in the washing machine. The mesh bag protects the swimsuit from the intensity of the washing machine. And, the mesh material allows water to rinse the swimsuit gently while protecting it from other items in the wash.

3.  Don’t sit on the side of the pool.

Sitting on the edge of the pool will create pulls on your swimsuit bottoms. This is because the concrete sticks to the swimsuit’s material. It’s also important to note that sliding against any edge of the pool can damage your swimsuit in the same way. Make sure to sit on a towel on the edge of the pool, and be careful to not rub against the pool siding.

Related: These 7 Things Are Killing Your Swimsuits

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4.  Rotate your swimsuits.

You want to rotate your swimsuits, just like you rotate your bras. The more you wear a swimsuit, the more it’s exposed to sun, sunscreens, oils and sweat. And, the more you must wash and dry it. All these elements can break down a swimsuit’s fabric over time. It’s best to have multiple swimsuits in rotation so you don’t over-wear one.

5.  Decrease a swimsuits exposure to hot water.

Hot water can be damaging to a swimsuit. Avoid using hot water to wash swimsuits, and limit your swimsuit’s time in a hot tub. It’s a good rule of thumb to reserve one swimsuit for hot tub use. (And, you probably won’t want it to be your favorite!)

6.  Don’t hang swimsuits to dry.

Hanging a swimsuit to dry can stretch the material. This not only causes materials to sag or loosen, but it causes the swimsuit to lose its fresh appearance. Always lay swimsuits flat to dry so no part of the swimsuit is being pulled down.

7.  Rinse swimsuits after each wear.

It’s important to rinse a swimsuit after each wear. Sun block, sun, tanning oils and body oils can fade a swimsuit’s color and be ruin the fabric over time. Rinsing the swimsuit removes these products so they don’t set into a swimsuit.

Swimsuits are delicate items that don’t come cheap – just like lingerie. It’s essential to take extra steps in caring for your swimsuits if you want to them to look newer longer. You may spend a few additional minutes tending to a swimsuit. But, your efforts could preserve the swimsuit’s lifespan for months, even years.

Related: How To Wash Swimsuits

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If you’re shopping for a swimsuit that fits your bust perfectly, it’s always a good idea to seek out a second opinion. We know how hard it is to find swimsuit tops that stay in place, especially when you’re shopping on your own. If you’re full-busted and you’ve struggled with finding a flattering swimsuit top or if you’ve never tried a bra-sized swim top before, it’s time to let a bra fitter help.

Many specialty lingerie boutiques offer bra fittings and carry a selection of swimsuits and swimsuit tops. Their expert bra fitters can help take the pain and frustration out of swimsuit shopping and do all the work for you. They can help you find a bra-sized swimsuit top with the support and lift that you’re looking for and they can also help you find new everyday bras that fit well and feel good. Even better, their product knowledge can save you time and money. Plus, they know where all of the best swimsuits are hiding.

If you’re not happy with the swimsuits in your closet, it’s time to make a change. Visit our specialty store locator to find a store near you and schedule an appointment.

Happy swimsuit shopping!

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