If you’ve heard that turning the tap to blue while you’re in the shower could actually be good for you, you’re not wrong. While steaming hot showers feel wonderful after a long day at work or a tough workout, cleaning your skin and hair with cold water also has many hidden benefits.
So, why are cold showers good for you?
Before you blast yourself with ice-cold water, let’s take a look at some cold shower benefits:
They’re good for circulation
They can soothe sore muscles
Studies show they may help depression
They can make your hair look healthier and shinier
They could support your immune system
How to take a cold showerYou might be wondering why you need us to tell you how to take a shower! The fact is, having a cold shower which will have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing isn’t quite as simple as turning the temperature right the way down and stepping into the cubicle.
In fact, it’s best to follow these simple steps:
- Enjoy a warm shower as you normally would.
- Once you’ve cleaned your hair and body, turn the water temperature down a little.
- Stand under the water for a couple of minutes and take deep breaths as your body adjusts to the chillier temperature. You may want to begin by just placing your feet or legs beneath the water and then slowly move your arms, torso and head under as you adjust to the coldness.
Is there anyone who should avoid taking cold showers?While taking cold showers shouldn’t have any negative effects (beyond making you shiver!), there are a people who may want to hold off trying them, such as those with compromised immunity.8 Remember that taking cold showers should never be a substitute for medications or your doctor’s advice.
Last updated: 5 June 2020