How a cold jet of water during the last 30 seconds of your shower can change your skin, hair and overall health this winter
- Taking a cold shower soothes sagging and dry skin caused by the winter months
- Cold water restricts circulation, making the blood work harder in deeper tissues
- Because the blood works to maintain your core temperature, it reduces inflammation
- Cold water also closes and strengthens the cuticles, making the hair softer
- Hot water, on the other hand, dries out the greasy top barrier layer of your skin
Medical experts believe that finishing your shower with 30 seconds of cold water can reduce inflamed skin and leave your hair shiny and smooth.
When cold water hits your body, it starts to impede blood circulation in the first few layers of your skin.
As a result, the blood in your deeper tissues circulates faster, to maintain your body temperature, and the skin gets a visibly ‘tighter’ appearance, Health line reported.
This increased circulation not only strengthens your immune system, but also reduces inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea, acne and eczema.
Medical experts believe that finishing your shower with 30 seconds of cold water can reduce inflamed skin and leave your hair shiny and smooth
Recovery expert and founder of the Sydney Cryo Spa Clinic, Mitchell Diamond (photo)
Mitchell Diamond, the recovery expert and founder of the Sydney Cryo Spa Clinic, agreed that depositing your body in cooler temperatures is good for the skin.
“The most common health benefit from cryotherapy – involving temperatures below -100 degrees Celsius – is the reduction in inflammation, increased blood flow to the vital organs, anti-aging factor, and muscle recovery,” Mitchell told FEMAIL.
This is also replicated by those who have tried it Wim Hof method, in which your body is regularly immersed in an ice bath for minutes.
Mitchell Diamond, the recovery expert and founder of the Sydney Cryo Spa Clinic, agreed that dumping your body in cooler temperatures is good for the skin
What is the Wim Hof method?
Wim Hof, known as the ice man, has undergone extensive training with which he can control his breathing, heart rate and blood circulation and withstand extreme temperatures.
His Wim Hof method is based on three pillars: breathing, cold therapy and commitment.
Together, these three pillars are a powerful method that can change your life. The Wim Hof method is even known to relieve the symptoms of various diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, asthma, sarcoidosis, vasculitis and various autoimmune diseases.
Find out more here.
Having a cold shower at night has the added benefit of lowering your body temperature so you can fall asleep more easily.
But as winter approaches fast, you can get a similar result by turning off the hot water tap in your shower and making sure all of your limbs are exposed to running water.
On the other end of the spectrum, hot water removes the natural sebum or oily outer layer from your skin, exposing you to dryness, puffiness and inflammation.
On the other end of the spectrum, hot water removes your skin’s natural sebum or greasy outer layer, exposing it to dryness, puffiness, and inflammation
What are the benefits of cold showers?
Reduced stress levels: Taking cold showers regularly puts a small amount of stress on your body, leading to a process called hardening. This means that your nervous system gradually gets used to dealing with moderate stress levels. The hardening process helps you to keep a cool head.
Higher alertness: Cold showers wake up your body, making you more alert to the day. The cold also encourages you to breathe deeper, lowering the CO2 level throughout the body, allowing you to concentrate better.
A better immune system: A cold shower increases the number of white blood cells in your body. These blood cells protect your body against diseases. Researchers believe that this process is linked to an increased metabolism that stimulates the immune response.
Source: Wim Hof method
According to Beauty heaven cold showers flatten the hair follicles and increase their grip on the scalp.
This generally leads to shinier, stronger and healthier hair and a reduction in breakage – even if your strands are chemically colored.
If the thought of lowering the temperature in winter is too much to bear, it’s worth trying the cooler approach to wash out your conditioner, as this is the final stage in the hair washing process to lock in moisture to keep.