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What’s Better, Cold or Hot Shower?

As children, we likely enjoyed the occasional bath or two per day. But as we grew into an adult, we needed to graduate into taking a shower, which typically takes less time.

We all want that nice, relaxing, and often invigorating morning shower. But there’s a debate on what the water temperature should be. Should it be hot or cold?

Here are a few of the benefits of cold showers and hot showers:

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Cold Shower Benefits

1. Feel Less Itchy

When you get out of bed in the morning, it’s completely normal for the skin to feel itchy. The water does not have to be freezing cold, as most individuals consider lukewarm water to be on the cold side. For about ten minutes, the shower is lukewarm water and the itchy skin feeling should subside to a manageable level.

2. Extra Wake-up Boost

If your skin can handle cold water, then great! Use lukewarm to avoid shocking your body awake. Not only can it help with itchy skin, but it will also slightly increase your heart rate and subsequently your oxygen intake making you more alert.

3. Circulation ‘Upgrade’

One of the biggest problems for a lack of alertness in the morning may be attributed to a lack of blood circulation. As we age, proper circulation becomes a bit of a problem. But that can be remedied with cold showers. It not only helps blood flow better to your arms and legs but helps you maintain the best core temperature possible.

4. Take Care of Those Sore Muscles

Normally, you would put ice on a sore spot on the body. So why not do the same with your showers? Instead of going for the typical hot shower, go for the cold as it will help stimulate the natural regeneration process of your muscles.

Cons of Cold Showers

While there are benefits to them, here are a few cons you may not know of:

  • There’s no need for a cold shower if you are already feeling that way. It may actually affect your internal temperature.
  • While it may be good for getting over certain illnesses, it would be best to take cold showers toward the tail end of an infection or illness. You’ll likely make yourself sicker if you just came down with it.

Hot Shower Benefits

Most of us love a hot shower before snuggling under our covers for bed. Other than knowing that it comforts us, most of us never consider all the benefits. Here a few reasons to take a hot shower:

1. Fight Your Symptoms

Hot showers are always a comfort but even more so when one is sick. The steam from the hot water will open up your sinuses, allowing for deeper and easier breathing. It will also loosen that slimy substance we lovingly call ‘phlegm.’ You’ll also receive the added bonus of clearing out nasal passages.

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2. Beat That Blemish

Depending on the type of work you do, a number of things can get stuck to the surface of your skin. If you work doing farm work (driving tractors, operating water buffalos, etc.) you’ll most certainly have a few clogged pores.

Take a hot shower to open those pores up and scrub away the dirt and grime.

3. Relax Those Muscles

If you’re sore but don’t really care for lower-temp showers, go for the hot shower to simply release the tension that’s been making your muscles stiff and fatigued. Don’t stay under that water for too long, though.

Cons of Hot Showers

Again, as great as a hot shower can be there will also still be a few cons. Here they are:

  • Make the water too hot and you can dry out your skin, even if you are using a moisturizing wash. According to scientific study, the keratin cells in the outermost layer of the dermis is damaged, drying out the skin and affecting its ability to retain moisture.
  • If you suffer from a skin condition such as eczema, then hot shower area bad idea. It can severely dry out your already dry pieces of skin.
  • Don’t go with too warm a shower if you are prone to skin itching, as the hot water can worsen that irritating feeling. This a reaction caused by mast cells releasing histamine (a hormone that causes itching) throughout the body.
  • Any individual with high blood pressure or cardiovascular issues should avoid hot showers, and ask a doctor first how hot their health will allow the water to be.
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