There’s nothing quite like stepping into a hot spray of water after a long day or chilly afternoon crafting snowmen with the kids. But are hot showers bad for you?
Both cold and hot showers have benefits. Determining if one is better or worse than the other is up to your needs and preferences.
Hot showers are great for relieving muscle tension and helping you relax at the end of a hard day. Steam from hot showers can also help open your pores, making it easier to clean any trapped oil or dirt that may otherwise cause a breakout. But do the cons outweigh the benefits?
Some cons of hot showers:
Cold showers are easier on your hair and skin and can help you relieve soreness from an intense workout. Cold water can also help you achieve your weight loss goals. Specific fat cells generate heat by burning fat—meaning, when you’re cold, your body burns fat to try and warm itself up. In the same sense, cold showers increase circulation in your body and help to prevent cardiovascular disease.
Thankfully, you don’t have to quit hot showers cold turkey. Experts recommend taking a lukewarm shower or alternating between a minute of hot water and a minute of cold water to get the benefits from both and detoxify your skin.