Cold Shower Routine
Although a cold shower may seem less appealing than a steaming one, I promise you, you start to get used to it--you may even start to like it.
As uncomfortable as it initially was to turn my warm shower into a frigid, I can't wait to get out of here, why am I doing this, shaking disaster, I've successfully and happily incorporated a 30 second to a minute cold rinse into my shower routine. Here's why:
1. It makes my skin look healthy and plump
Before an esthetician begins their hour-long, usually torture session, they typically place a steamer in front of your face for a good 10-15 minutes to open your pores. While having open pores helps for extractions, they need to be closed afterwards to avoid clogging.
Not only does running cold water over your face after a hot shower close your pores so you can safely apply makeup and lotions, it also tightens skin and promotes blood circulation which gives your face a fresh, glowing look.
2. My hair feels soft, shiny and strong
Similarly to how a blow drier or hair straightener makes hair feel coarse, hot water also dries out hair. Cold water helps to naturally flatten the hair follicles, allowing them to better grip the scalp and stay strong, while also locking in moisture to prevent future breakage.
3. Cold water fights inflammation
While cold showers have yet to gain quite the notoriety that things like Cryotherapy have, they both essentially do the same thing. Shocking the body with cold is said to pull blood towards your organs, revitalizing the body and decreasing inflammation, which occurs because the cold water stimulates the release of the body's cytokines, which help increase immunity.
While it may need some convincing, or just an impromptu turn of the shower knob, rising off with cold water for about 30 seconds (more if you can handle it) before getting out of the shower can increase your health, the way you feel and the way you look, however, if your up to it on your next stressful day, try cold first. Stepping into a cold shower, similarly to jumping into a cold pool or ocean, is believed to increase tolerance to stress.