If you’re asking us, the last thing we want to do first thing in the morning is jump into the shower and crank the temperature down to blue. It seems slightly mad that those showers we dread when we’re the last one up in the morning could actually be good for us, but they are!
While streaming warm, cosy water before you start your long day at work might feel amazing, showering your hair and body in icy water temperatures also has many hidden perks. Keep scrolling while we uncover some cold shower benefits, as well as answering a handful of common questions....
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAKING A COLD SHOWER?
Taking a cold shower can help the body and the mind. If you google ‘cold water therapy’ then we can guarantee you’ll come across a man named Wim Hof, a Dutch athlete who swears by the healing powers of icy waters.
He’s well known for his extremist beliefs and that’s exactly how the Wim Hof Method now exists - you should check it out, it's super interesting! We’re guessing you’ll probably still need a bit of convincing, right? So let’s kickstart with the health benefits:
1. Helps improve your circulation
This is the no.1 reason why experts suggest taking cold showers!
2. Gives you glowy hair & skin
Although scientific research for this is limited, we found some interesting details over on Holland & Barrett. They say:
“Rinsing yourself off with cold water after you’ve shampooed could make your hair appear shinier. That’s because warm water opens up the follicles in our hair so they can be cleaned and conditioned.
Cold water, on the other hand, closes these follicles up, locking in any moisture and reducing the risk of your hair becoming dry and brittle over time.”
3. Helps reduce muscle soreness after working out
The regenerative properties of a cold shower help your muscles to relax and repair. We’d assume this one’s the reason for so many athletes being on board.
4. May help stress & depression
Cold showers may help improve your mood. Hydrotherapy has been used as a stress-relieving technique for a long time and having a cold shower to reduce your body temperature is believed to have the same effect. They help your brain to boost energy levels, leaving you feeling alert and ready to seize the day.
5. May increase weight loss
This one we found a little crazy! Studies show that cold showers (and being exposed to icy temperatures) boosts your metabolism.
They also encourage brown fat to generate heat, which happens by burning fat. These brown fat cells tend to be around the neck and shoulders - so perfect for in the shower! (Healthline)
ARE COLD SHOWERS GOOD FOR YOU?
In short, yes they are. Exposure to cold water benefits the mind and body. Improving circulation, skin & hair, muscle soreness, stress & depression and they may also boost weight loss!
HOW LONG SHOULD A COLD SHOWER LAST?
30 seconds - 2 minutes.
Start with your usual cosy shower and gradually turn the temperature down until you begin to feel uncomfortable. Make sure you don’t overdo it! You’ll know yourself how long and cold you can stand for. (MedicalNewsToday)
ARE COLD SHOWERS BETTER THAN HOT SHOWERS?
Both are just as good! The difference is the benefits you gain from hot water vs the benefits you gain from cold. Make sure to research both and see which suits you and your lifestyle best. You could stick with a happy medium lukewarm shower, or why not try alternating between hot and cold?
DO COLD SHOWERS TIGHTEN SKIN?
Cold showers will only temporarily tighten your skin as they constrict blood flow.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the benefits of cold showers and you’ve learned something new. Maybe you’ll even be tempted by the blue bar next time you’re having a wash!
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