OK, so the heat opf the Middle East is slowly, dropping, we get it, we apprciate – but this thing ain't over yet, and the humidity is still making you sweat in places you didn’t know you had. The cold shower beckons. Or at least the cooler one.
Aside from the sheer refreshment they offer, there is increasing amounts of evidence that erring on the side of the blue tap is the way to go for myriad reasons.
First up, on a level of sheer vanity, cold water will tighten your cuticles and pores. This is caused by a contraction and the smaller the pores, the less dirt can get in, causing fewer breakouts. It also doesn’t dry out the skin as hot water can.
Bear in mind though that this contraction is only temporary. What is more permanent is cold water’s ability to prevent the skin from being stripped of natural oils too quickly.
What’s more, cold showers can make hair appear shinier, stronger, and healthier by flattening hair follicles, and increasing their ability to grip the scalp.
Cold showers can also help trim away excess kilos. Knew that would get your attention. It turns out a frigid blast activates brown fat, which burns and generates heat to keep our bodies warm.
Unlike the white fat which accumulates around the waist when we consume more calories than our body needs to function.
According to Medical Daily, a 2009 study found that exposure to extreme cold temperatures activated brown fat by 15 times, meaning you could lose up to four kilos in a year just by showering.
You know how you can end up walking like a saddle-sore cowboy the day after a serious gym work out? It’s called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – or DOMS if you want to sound like a bro who lifts. The cure, for pro athletes anyway, is an ice bath but a shower colder than your ex’s mum will also bring relief. The sweet spot here is 10-15 degrees celsius.
There is also evidence that a cold shower can benefit mood. Don’t be dumping the Prozac just yet but a 2008 study published by the National Institutes of Health in the US found that cold showers may serve as an antidepressant.
Meanwhile, a 2014 study found it may benefit a whole host of bodily systems, from pain management to pulmonary diseases, asthma, fatigue and anxiety. The last two of which can sure as heck be evident on your face.