If you’re anything like us, chances are that by the end of the day, all you want to do is get under the shower and take a good long soak as you hope to have epiphanies and get all of life’s answers in that 15-minute (30-minute?) bath. It’s relaxing, makes you feel squeaky clean, leads to sound sleep and, let’s face it, is the perfect fix to a long, hard day at the office.
Now while one side of this watered-down session is the extreme relaxation it provides, the other revels in some beauty benefits of the perfect shower-hour that can make or break your skin. It all boils down to, or cools off on the temperature of the water; a simple, yet important component that affects your skin in more ways than you can imagine. Here’s all you need to know before you take in a good soak:
The Benefits Of Hot Showers
If you’re someone who enjoys the great outdoors, there’s a steep chance that while soaking in the fresh air and sunlight, your skin has absorbed some of the dust and pollutants around.
What a hot shower does is clean all of that by opening up your pores, allowing for easy exfoliation of the skin. Every notice how your aesthetician makes you take a steam before a facial?
Also, a high water temperature relieves the stress in your body—feet, back and neck included—which is why you are required to soak up in warm water for mani-pedis, physiotherapy, and recovery workouts.
Now the flip-side is that hot showers are extremely drying for the skin, and can lead to acne and inflammation unless you thoroughly moisturize or use a lotion to bring your body back to temperature right after.
The Benefits Of Cold Showers
Interestingly, cold water closes and tightens your pores, which deters acne build-up, bacteria, and skin infections. In fact, it also seals the pores in your scalp, which makes it a great fix for those who have dandruff.
They stimulate weight loss by activating the brown fat, or good fat in our body. As you may have noticed, when it snows, despite being the holidays, a lot of people tend to lose weight.
On an end note, both hot and cold showers have their respective benefits, and the best way to make the most of them is to alternate according to seasons. This will help your body maintain its equilibrium; besides, you can always switch it up in case specific beauty problems come knocking.