Back then, I really liked taking a hot shower after a busy working day. You know the feeling of soothing stiff muscles and relieving tension, right? However, I changed this bathing habit after watching an interview with Miranda Kerr, in which she shared some benefits of cold showers as her beauty hack.
I was truly surprised at first. It turns out that cold showers are a popular skincare secret of other celebrities such as Katharine Hepburn, Daniel Craig, or Ha Ji Won.
Now that I have experienced it myself, I can say that for sure: Cold showers are good for your health and your skin.
Cold vs Hot Showers
Both cold and hot water is beneficial in some ways. You should switch between the hot bath and cold bath according to the weather or your health situation.
Here I focus on the benefits of cold showers.
5 Benefits of Cold Showers
I was almost frozen when I first tried a completely cold shower. In the middle of a winter night, you might find the cold bathing such a nightmare. However, once you get used to it, you will see the significant changes in your wellness.
Refining your hair and skin wellness
Said like Miranda, the cold showers are so energizing for your hair and your circulation, basically, it is good for everything.
On the one hand, the cold water triggers your blood to flow into the organs to keep them warm. As the circulation is fastened, it promotes hair growth and the immune system. Your skin becomes pinky and healthy.
On the other hand, the cold water helps seal your pores and cuticles. It prevents dirt from getting in and your skin stays safe from getting clogged. More importantly, it keeps natural oil to your skin and hair.
A hot shower in the morning is just too comfortable that you just want to fall back into sleep, especially when you are in a bathing tub.
Meanwhile, a five-minute cold showers will “shock” your sleeping body awake. This sudden change in temperature will relieve your fatigue and enhance your mental alertness.
Moreover, you often take a deeper breath in response to the cold to keep your body warmer. It increases oxygen intake and accelerates our heart rate.
Burning calories and losing weight
Know why athletes and gym-ers often have cold showers? – Exciting enough, they help lose weight!
If you are looking for a simple way to burn calories and fat, then take a cold bathing habit from now on.
For your information, your body has two types of fat tissue: brown fat and white fat. The earlier is good fat which generates heat to warm up our bodies, especially when we are exposed to extreme cold.
Having a cold shower means activating brown fat. It stimulates our body to burn such fat more to keep the body warm and healthy.
Enhancing emotional resilience
Believe me, cold can cool down your stress and depression symptoms. There is even a proven cold therapy in case you want something to refer to.
Accordingly, the higher the cold receptors in your skin is, the more it registers for warmth. A shock by cold showers gives our brain a signal to activate beta-endorphin and noradrenaline. The latter chemical is extremely important to alleviate depressant feelings.
Generating more testosterone
My husband now is also addicted to cold showers.
Your husbands should be too. Cold bathing can promote a rise in testosterone levels. This is a must for your lovey-dovey relationship.
Many studies have reported that testicles can produce sperm and other hormones at an optimal temperature from 35 to 37°C. This is lower than the rest of the body.
Hence, the cold showers lower the scrotal temperature and promote the testicles to generate more testosterone and sperm.
How to Get Used to Cold Showers?
Now you get the benefits of cold showers already, right?
But do not take extreme cold bathing right after. You need to learn some practices carefully to ensure that it does not drive you to an awful cold and other sicknesses.
Take notes several things as follows:
Try with cold water from the start
Those used to take hot water find it a horrifying experience when it comes to the cold showers. Hence, they do not change their bathing habits suddenly. They start with warm water and start a little colder water the next day. They finally take a cold shower, but it is not efficient enough.
Your heart rate and circulation just change insignificantly!
Thus, take cold water right in the first place and you can experience a heart-pounding exhilaration right away.
The water does not have to be icy, just cold. If you are not used to the cold showers, choose a hot or cool day. Do not try your first cold bath in winter or you will never want to try it again.
Feet first, hands second, head under, and back last
Although a cold shock is good to rock on your body. a too sudden shock can result in a dangerous situation. Just, give your body some time.
- Bring your feet to the water first since they adjust to the temperature the fastest way.
- Lower your body under the cold water as quickly as possible. By that time, your front and legs should be wet thoroughly.
- Wet your hands and arms before splashing the cold water over your torso.
- Keep your head under so that you will not inhale water through your mouth or nose since you often breathe heavily on touching the cold.
- Wet your back wet to the point that you feel lots of sensations up crackling up and down your back.
- Take a quick cold shower in 5 to 10 minutes. Longer is not recommended.
Take cold showers in the morning
The early morning is the best time for cold showers. The temperature change indicates your brain changes its state: Your heart is pounding stronger, lungs are pumping and your eyes are opening.
The morning cold showers turn on your energy for a whole busy day.
When to Take Cold Showers?
Cold shower in the morning
Have an ice bath in the very morning might discourage many people just by thinking.
True! A freezing shower might be a bit shock. However, it is more helpful to wake you up and refresh your body from the very morning. To be specific, a morning cold shower accelerates the oxygen intake, improves immunity and circulation, and relieves muscle soreness.
Sound simple enough?
Cold shower after workout
An ice bath after the workout is a secret shared between professional athletes such as Cristiano Ronaldo.
Coldwater is proved to reduce the swelling and inflammation, as well as to repair muscle tears. The cold feeling also numbs your nerve to enjoy instant pain relief.
Cold shower before bed
You will sleep more soundly.
When you get down in icy water, your body will naturally try to warm up by accelerating the metabolism and circulation. That time, your body feels more relaxed and falls into a sound sleep.
When to Avoid Having Cold Showers?
Despite the benefits of cold showers, you should not take the cold water all the time. In several cases, lukewarm water is better.
For example, women who are menstruating or in the latter stage of the pregnancy. An eating disorder needs also to avoid direct cold showers. Or, you are under-weather or have a bad cold.
If you find it extremely hard to take a cold shower from the first, simply switch between hot and cold water several times on a shower: Two minutes for a hot bath and another two for a cold bath.