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SHOWERS - HOT WATER VS COLD WATER

 

Showers are a part of everyone’s skincare routine. We cleanse ourselves of not only what we want removed from our skins surface, but also from other things such as stress, tension and anxiety. There’s nothing like a nice hot shower or bath to help relax the mind and body, but our skin begs to differ. Did you know that there are both pros and cons to showering with hot and cold water? We’ll let’s wash away this age old debate and uncover a showering technique that’s great for your mind, body and the skin you’re in.

 

WARM COMFORTING SHOWERS

 

There’s nothing quite like a nice hot shower on a cold winters morning to help start your day, not only do they feel great, but they’re even beneficial to your health. Hot showers have the ability to;

 

  • Open pores, aiding with the removal of our skins impurities.
  • Naturally help with muscular and joint pain by improving circulation, blood flow and loosening joints.
  • Calming our mind and body, helping to release stress
  • Relieve cold symptoms by moisturizing our nasal passages

 

By opening your pores with hot water, and cleansing yourself using products like a shower towel, you can help your body get rid of all of that unwelcomed grime, dead skin and dirt which lead to uneven skin tones & complexions as well as acne. But beware, cleansing products such as loofahs, bath brushes and washcloths have their downsides too. To see which one works best read our article here.

 

THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT HOT SHOWERS

Studies have shown that a nice 10 minute warm shower does wonders for our bodies, inside and out, but there are also cons to hot showers which include;

 

  • Dry skin, caused from the moisture being released from our skin
  • Itchiness, caused from dry skin
  • Opening of our pores. Although hot water helps with the unclogging our pores, we also want our pores to be as tight as possible outside of the shower to prevent dirt and oil from entering them.
  • Worsen the affects of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dandruff

 

THE ICY COLD BATTLEFIELD

 

Taking a cold shower is simply a dreadful thought and usually brought upon by the flushing of a toilet or being the last one to wash up. But the next time your hot water turns cold, rather than avoiding the change in temperature, embrace it because cold water has its benefits too;

  • Cold Water is great for our skin and hair as it helps to moisturize and hydrate
  • Cold Water helps to temporarily tighten your skin and pores, helping to prevent dirt and oil from entering them
  • Cold water helps to strengthen your hair as well as make it appear shinier and healthier
  • Cold Water promotes better blood circulation which is good for our overall health
  • Cold Water naturally would give us a jolt of energy, increasing mental awareness and relieving fatigue
  • Cold Water can help speed up muscle recovery and repair

That seems like a lot of reasons to start showering with cold water, but what are the drawbacks? Well simply put, who wants to be cold and uncomfortable? It's also not recommend if you're fighting a cold. But other than that, there weren't many cons to the cold shower besides the obvious. 

 

THE BEST SHOWERING TECHNIQUE

 

So which should we use, Hot water or Cold water and whats the painful truth? After reviewing the pros and cons of each, we found that you probably shouldn’t do just one or the other, but both every time we shower. Start your shower with warm water for the first 5-10 minutes, cleansing and exfoliating, then finish off with cold water for the last 2-3 minutes. You probably wont enjoy it, but its good for you and worth incorporating into your routine. You’ll gain the benefits of both showering with hot and cold water while promoting not only our skin to become healthier, but also our body and mind.



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