Warm showers are definitely pleasant to have, especially in the freezing cold months of the year. Why would anyone torture himself/herself by taking a cold shower in winter? And by cold we mean completely cold, not even warm or lukewarm! Now, this is really a torment!
But, there are people who take cold showers daily, irrespective of the time of the year. When you look at them, you’d find something in their looks, particularly those above 30. They look youthful, energetic, and have good skin. So, what’s so good about a cold shower that leaves you feeling fresh like a blooming flower?
Here are 4 amazing things that happen when you take a cold shower.
Your Blood Circulation Gets Better
When hot or warm water hits your body, blood gushes towards your skin and when cold water hits your body, blood flows towards your organs. So, drenching yourself with hot and cold water alternately leads to an active blood circulation throughout the body. This gives your skin a radiant glow. It keeps hypertension at bay. It also prevents the emergence of varicose veins and hardening of arteries. Besides, you feel fresher.
You Get A Glowing Skin
Warm water opens the pores of skin. Washing cleans them up. But, if you end with warm water again, your pores remain open. Dust, dirt, and oil can easily enter the pores throughout the day and clog them. Thus, it’s best to end your bath with a splash of cold water. This closes your pores. Cold water also constricts your blood vessels. This diminishes swelling and dark circles of eyes. (The skin is thinnest under your eyes.) You come out of your bath looking and feeling young, beautiful, and glowing with health!
Your Hair Gets A Shine
Cold water brings a shine to your hair. Actually, what happens is that hair cuticles become sealed by cold water. This strengthens the hair and blocks dirt and grime from building up in your scalp. It also, indirectly, reduces hair loss. How? Well, when the cuticles in your scalp are closed, your hair gets stronger and smoother. Thus, they are easy to comb and do not get pulled out. Do this: get a good shampoo and go under a cold shower. Wash and dry your hair (air dry is best). Comb them. Now, run your fingers through your hair. How soft and silky they feel!
You Feel More Cheerful
Cold water certainly penetrates your senses! First of all, it wakes you up completely in the morning. Secondly, it triggers your circulation that makes you energetic and motivated. A proper blood flow towards the brain is important for mental health. That’s why cold shower has an impact on your mood. So, whenever you’re feeling gloomy or de-motivated, take a cold shower and watch the results!
Do you know the Samurai warriors of the ancient era poured cold water over their heads at dawn? This was a “Shinto” practice — a purification ritual – named Misogi. It was believed that cold water cleansed the spirit and prepared you to face the challenges of the day.
For years you’ve been soaking yourself in hot bathtub. Now, taking a cold shower might come as a shock to you. The toughest part is to get out of bed on a cold, winter morning and get under a cold shower, brrr!
If you can’t do it, just read this every morning before your shower. The benefits are certainly going to motivate you to hit the cold water button in your bath!