ARE COLD SHOWERS GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN?
Yes! Due to the cold temperature, cold water doesn’t wash away all the natural oils from your skin. This means that it doesn’t dry out like it can after a hot shower. Another added benefit of cold showers is that they constrict your blood vessels. A major benefit here is this stimulates increased blood circulation, giving your skin a natural flush as it tries to warm up again. After showering, your skin will appear tighter. Fresher with less redness.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU HAVE A COLD SHOWER FOR?
If you’re wondering how to take a cold shower, think of it as something you ease into. Start by slowly dialing down the temperature to a cooler setting at the end of a warm shower. Keep turning it down to a level of cold that feels quite uncomfortable. At this stage, try and stay under the water for two to three minutes. Slow, measured, deep breathing will help control the urge to turn the tap back up to warm again. Over time, try to increase the length of your cold shower, or even start having them entirely cold.
And there’s a real benefit to adding these to your daily routine. The impact of cold showers over time vs. one-offs has been shown to heighten your immune system, making you more resistant to illness.