What type of shower is better for your skin and health: Cold or Hot?


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Everyone loves showers. You can shower pretty much anytime, anywhere, with anybody.  Some people shower once a day, others shower two or three times.  If you ask me three times is a little bit excessive and this type of person probably has really dry skin but hey, I'm not judging.  Some like it hot and some like it cold.  There are also those daredevils out there who prefer to shower in medium temperature waters.  Some people don't shower at all, and others only take baths.  But in all seriousness, there is a serious debate going on out there in the scientific community regarding what types of showers are most healthy for you, your body and your skin.  

To start off I will talk about hot showers.  For the purpose of this blog post I will ignore medium temperature showers.  As far as everybody is concerned, if your going medium you are probably more on the hot spectrum.  The positives of a nice steamy hot shower are as follows:

Negatives of hot showers can include overheating your internal organs and reducing your sperm count (if you are a man).  There is no scientific proof that hot showers can lower the fertility and egg count in a woman, but I would suggest that if you step in to a shower with a man to not turn the water super hot, or you may be killing off your future children.  If the man moves on because  he doesn't like you anymore, then you are just being rude to the next lady in line. 

In regards to cold showers, we all know them to be extremely unbearable and at times intimidating.  However unbearable and intimidating they may be, they are also pretty darn healthy for you.  Since the beginning of time, even the mighty Spartans were a major advocate of the cold shower.  They viewed hot showers to be for the weak and unmanly.  Cold water showers have many benefits which include:


Your circulation is improved when taking cold showers because it allows the blood to rush to the organs, whereas the blood rushes to your skin when you take a warm shower.  It improves your skin because it closes your pores, whereas with hot showers it opens them.  Your hair is improved by taking a cold shower because it makes it more shiny and manageable.  And honestly, who doesn't want shiny and manageable hair?


From all the readings I did I think it's safe to say there are more health benefits to taking a cold shower.  I personally am not as manly as the old-school Spartans so I advocate a mixture of hot and cold showers.  Maybe you can start hot and finish cold.  Or maybe you prefer to start cold then finish off hot.  At the end of the day, the choice is yours.  Just be aware that your skin, hair, internal organs, fertility, testosterone levels and many other things hang in the balance.  

Alternate Endings:
I just hope you have good water pressure.  If not, enjoy the bath.
Good luck and may the water pressure be forever in your favor.



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Hey Brian!
My mom always told me that taking cold showers were healthier than taking hot ones. When I told her I couldn't stand the coldness, she advised me to not turn the water too hot because it can easily dry out the skin. But nonetheless, I agree with you. Although cold showers are uncomfortable, you can get used to them and they will indeed be healthier for the body. I think a mixture of both is best for the body. If you are taking a warm shower, for the last five minutes you can turn the water to cold to "shock" your body awake. The instant change in temperature can relieve a fatigued body and increase mental alertness. A shower that is cold for a few minutes can also cure depression, but on the negative side it could also cause heart problems. More about this can be read about here

I am shocked to read this article. I did not recognize how my shower habit can actually affect my skin and hair conditions. I have found that it can also help you with depression. Research at the Department of Radiation Oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University claimed that cold shower can cause an arousal effect on the "blue spot" of the brain. It is the part that takes care of noradrenaline in the body. Moreover, there was a study that "Men who took a 30 minute hot bath every other day for 3 weeks were infertile for the next six months" since I have always done shower with hot water, I will apply some of the new information that I learned. Thanks for the post!
(source: http://wakeup-world.com/2012/04/11/ten-health-benefits-of-cold-showers/)

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