Breaking up is hard to do, but a new year brings change...is this the year you dump hot showers for good?
Hot Showers vs. Cold Showers
Before going further, let’s get the facts out there. Both hot and cold showers have pros and cons, and there can be a place for both in your life in moderation.
Benefits of Hot Showers
Hot showers can help open your pores and clear your skin of blemishes. They’re also relaxing—heat helps to relieve muscle tension and fatigue. Still, the cons of hot showers may outweigh the benefits.
Why Hot Showers Are Bad for You
Hot showers can be relaxing and help to clear your skin in moderation, but if you’re taking a scalding hot shower every time you bathe, you may deal with harmful side effects such as:
- Dry skin. Hot water strips the outermost layer of natural moisture on your skin. Hot water damages the keratin cells on your body and prevents them from locking in moisture.
- Itchy skin. Dry skin is damaged skin. When your skin dries out, it can itch and cause flaking. Hot water can also cause flare-ups of pre-existing skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.
Benefits of Cold Showers
Cold showers have many health and beauty benefits.
- Strengthens hair. Cold water tightens your hair follicles, which helps to prevent hair loss. Cold water also removes more shampoo and conditioner than hot water, improving the look and feel of your hair.
- Won’t dry out your skin. Hot water strips the moisture from your skin, but cold water doesn’t harm those cells, letting them produce and lock in moisture as usual.
- Increases circulation. Cold water can also help to improve circulation and prevent cardiovascular disease.
The cons of cold showers are much less harmful than the cons associated with hot showers. If you’re already cold, it’s not a great idea to shower in cold water as this could decrease your body’s core temperature even more.
You don’t have to give up hot showers for good, but make sure you’re aware of how they affect your skin and heath before you bathe. After showering, apply moisturizer to replenish any lost moisture on your skin and combat the harmful side effects of hot water.