Swimmers are famous for having smooth silky skin, but why do they need to shave off all of their body hair? A hairless body gives the swimmer both physical and psychological benefits. Being completely shaven makes the swimmer slicker in the water, which can decrease the swimmer’s times. Shaving body hair also makes the swimmer more aerodynamic while in the water; however, removing the hair is not the primary reason why swimmers shave. Swimmers actually shave to remove the layer of dead skin cells on the surface of the epidermis.  After the removal of the dead skin cells, the skin becomes more sensitive and the swimmer has a heightened “water sense.” Some professional swimmers are known to shave their hands and feet.  I think this…