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Cold Showers vs. Hot Showers: The Health Benefits of Both

Hot or Cold? The Benefits of Both Kinds of Showers

Showering is an essential part of a healthy routine, but depending on the temperature, your time spent under the water can offer different benefits. Whether you like it hot or prefer it cold, learn how your showering routine can affect your health. After reading, you might rethink which way you turn the dial.

Some Like It Hot

  • Hot showers can relieve tension and soothe stiff muscles. If you have a powerful showerhead, even better! Let the hot water work like a minimassage on your shoulders, neck, and back.
  • Studies have shown that taking a hot shower can amp up your oxytocin levels and ease anxiety. Anyone working with stress can use more of the love hormone in their life!
  • A hot shower also acts as a natural decongestant to relieve cold symptoms, since the hot steam moisturizes nasal passages.
  • Under the weather and running a slight fever? A hot shower might be what you need to help break your fever and bring your temperature back to normal.

Some Like It Cold

  • Cold showers — as unbearable as they are — are actually really good for our bodies! Turning your shower cold for the last five minutes can help "shock" your body awake. This instant change in temperature relieves your body of fatigue and increases your mental alertness.
  • A "cooler" shower (around 68 degrees) for two to three minutes once or twice daily is recommended by researchers as a treatment for depression. Just make sure you check in with your doctor before testing this out!
  • On the more vain side of the spectrum, cold showers are better for our hair and skin. Where a hot shower can dry things out, cold showers hydrate and help with split ends and dry skin.
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Carissa15200132 Carissa15200132 2 years
I love cold showers,day or night.Sometimes when I skipped shower at night and decided to shower at 2-3 am I'll shower with cold water as well :D
Hahagirl166 Hahagirl166 2 years
I take a hot shower usually but I wet my face with cold water then wash it and rinse with cold water and you still get the minty feeling
mandysneaks mandysneaks 4 years
The only time I take a cold shower is after Bikram. Long hot showers are my only vice, but I try to end it with a minute of cold water to wake me up and lock in moisture.
ticamorena ticamorena 4 years
I shower in the evenings so cold showers are not really an option. In fact, I take unbearably hot baths and showers, to the point where my dark complexion will be mottled and I feel faint. I can't psychologically handle the cold.I almost always avoid showering because of this fear of somehow becoming cold.Plus I never feel clean, I get all clammy and sick.On the other hand, I looooove cold showers in hot climates - especially the outdoor showers they have near beaches...even cold ocean water woooo!! so refreshing :)
ticamorena ticamorena 4 years
I shower in the evenings so cold showers are not really an option. In fact, I take unbearably hot baths and showers, to the point where my dark complexion will be mottled and I feel faint. I can't psychologically handle the cold.I almost always avoid showering because of this fear of somehow becoming cold.Plus I never feel clean, I get all clammy and sick. On the other hand, I looooove cold showers in hot climates - especially the outdoor showers they have near beaches...even cold ocean water woooo!! so refreshing :)
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 4 years
I always do the last minute of my shower with cold water, it helps lock in the moisture in your skin and hair. I think it feels refreshing and definitely wakes you up.
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