Let’s face it, there’s nothing quite like warm water when it’s cold outside. However, while the temps are lower during the winter season you may want to start doing your hair and skin a favor by embracing a blast of cold water when taking a shower. We know, we know it sounds a bit out there during the winter months, but there are actually some great things that can come from incorporating this into your shower routine. You know we’re all about telling you the reasoning behind things, so we’re sharing the benefits of a blast of cold water for your hair and skin.
Helps to Seal Your Pores
You may not even realize this, but when your skin is in hot water, it actually opens up your pores. That’s not a bad thing, and opening your pores is great to help get your skin thoroughly cleansed. However, once you’re done cleansing your skin you don’t want your pores to remain open or be open much longer. Giving your skin a blast of cold water after you’ve cleansed your skin really helps to seal your pores much more thoroughly, which can also help to prevent too much dirt and oil from clogging your pores when they’re open.
Helps With Reducing Frizz
Similar to what we said above, when we just use hot or warm water our hair tends to be stripped of the natural oils. When our hair is stripped from the natural oils they become dry and brittle (as mentioned above), which can also cause our hair to become frizzy in appearance and texture. To eliminate and prevent a lot of frizziness from occurring in our hair, blasting it with a dose of cold water helps to lock in the oil and actually closes the hair cuticles. Similar to like we said about the skin’s pores, the hair works in a similar way. So the cold water helps avoid frizz, and has even been found to help hair look shinier and healthier because of the cuticles being closed and protected.
Helps the Natural Oils in Your Skin and Nails
Our skin and nails have a natural oil that helps to protect them, using too much hot water has been found to strip that oil from the skin and hair. Sealing our skin and hair with a blast of cold water has been found to help protect and maintain those natural oils in our hair and skin. Stripping these oils from our skin and hair often cause them to become dry and brittle, so sealing them with that cold water helps to keep more moisture and hydration.
Helps With Swelling
So often we end up with puffiness, swelling and inflammation in some form or another with our skin. If you have some swelling in your skin, blasting your skin with some cold water can do wonders for you. The cold water has been found to help reduce swelling and puffiness in the skin – even helping to minimize the appearance of under –eye circles (which are typically caused by swelling).