For most people the thought of taking a cold shower in the morning is a bad idea and would rather be warm and toasty in the shower to ease us out of bed.
However it seems that cold showers may be the key to beautiful skin, glossy hair, sports recovery, an improved immune system, and even a caffeine-free jolt of alertness and energy.
We have gathered expert results from the medical profession, dermatologists, a world champion powerlifter, and even a celebrity stylist to determine once and for all if a frosty start to the day is really worth it:
This is most obvious benefit to the cold showers is your skin. Hot water can strip the skin of natural oils and dry the skin out, whereas the cold can tighten pores helps to constrict blood vessels and reduces redness.
It’s not just your skin that can benefit from the icy blast of a cold shower, your hair will also benefit. Washing your hair in warm water isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it allows shampoo and conditioner into you’re the follicles – but finishing off your shower with a cold rinse will help lock in moisture, while tightening to cuticles in your scalp this helps to reduce hair loss.
Conditions like eczema and psoriasis can benefit from a cold shower, as warm water can strip away protective oils from the skin’s surface which can make these conditions worse.
Cold showers can support a big boost of alertness, which can benefit everything from your work performance to your creativity and energy levels. “Cold showers are a great antidote for waking you up in the morning after a late night. Anything that surprises or shocks you will bring on the fight or flight response and raise your level of alertness. Similarly, taking a cold shower raises your adrenaline and increases alertness.”
Sports and exercise recovery
You may have heard of sportspeople taking ice baths after a game – luckily, we’re not suggesting anything as extreme as that – but a cold shower can have many benefits for ordinary people after sport and exercise.
Quote from Robert Herbst personal trainer and 18-time World Powerlifting Champion, 32-time National Champion, and member of the AAU Strength Sports Hall of Fame “Cold showers are a great way to reduce inflammation and promote recuperation and repair of microtrauma after a hard workout if one does not have facilities for an ice bath. Three to five minutes can reduce the flow of lymph fluid to areas which would later have to be removed for healing to take place.”
Cold showers have been proven to be a potential treatment for depression. A cold shower is expected to send an overwhelming amount of electrical impulses from peripheral nerve endings to the brain, which could result in an anti-depressive effect.
Metabolism is another huge benefit of taking cold showers. A study by the New England Journal of Medicine has found that adding a cold shower to your regular routine can burn up to 500 calories a day!
Improve your immune system
“The cold water forces your lymph vessels to go nuts and contract aka ‘come together’ like a pump. That pump moves fluid throughout your body and that’s a good thing because you jumpstart the process to remove toxins. It’s a Kickstarter for your immune system which we all know is a great thing.”
“Research has shown that a warm shower may decrease the sperm count. Late in the 1950s various experiments were done which showed that hot baths are an effective contraceptive. This is because when the temperature of a man’s testes is increased the sperm count decreases.”
“The effect on your physiology from a cold shower in the morning includes initial vasoconstriction then increased blood flow to organs and the skin as well, reflex deep breathing and increased oxygen intake, faster heart rate, adrenaline release, all of which may give you a boost in energy and metabolism, and a perceived mental lift.”
Cold showers are really good for this category. They do really wake you up in the morning after a late night. Anything that shocks you your body really does try its best to fight back and your awareness and alertness levels will be on fire.