17-06-2019 | Dermatologist | Personal well-being

Cold showers vs hot showers

If we had to make a list of enjoyable activities, a good shower would probably make the cut. The question is, which is better? A cold shower or a hot shower?

The pros of a cold shower:

  • It eliminates stress and fatigue. It wakes you up. It puts you in a better mood.
  • It has a vasoconstrictive effect (i.e. it narrows the capillaries), which is also reflected in the skin and hair: the pores close and the capillaries contract. This gives the skin a more even appearance and reduces hair loss.
  • It slows the heart rate and reduces inflammation and blood flow.

The cons of a cold shower:

  • At night it can make falling sleep difficult.
  • It promotes the production of cortisol, a stress-related hormone. When levels of cortisol are consistently high, it can have an adverse effect on your body because it contributes to ageing and affects the immune system.

The pros of a hot shower:

  • It is relaxing. It promotes sleep.
  • It reduces blood pressure and muscle tension, opens the skin pores and helps rid the skin of impurities.
  • It promotes muscle relaxation.

The cons of a hot shower:

  • Hot water softens the skin, opens the pores and does not benefit the skin’s appearance.
  • It may provoke hair loss.
  • It can make you dizzy.

So... where does that leave us?

Ideally, we should strike a balance: what about a short, cold, energetic shower in the morning...  and an equally short, relaxing, hot shower at night? After all, the key to happiness lies in balance.

And whether you’re a cold water or a hot water person, we recommend you moisturise well after showering. Your skin is incredibly receptive to lotion when wet. And your skin will thank you for it. The more you moisturise, the more beautiful it will be. For your body, use Hidra-Firming Body Lotion or Modelift Body Cream. For your face, use the product most suited to your skin type or age, the time of day or even your mood. At MartiDerm, we’ve got all the options you could wish for. Discover them.

#SmartAging Attitude.


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