Some people love scorching hot showers while some believe ice cold water is the key to revival. We get it, there’s nothing like a warm shower to start or end a stressful or busy day. It can be super relaxing, but is it actually best for your skin?
As nice as it feels on our skin, hot water is really not the best. The steam actually helps open up our pores , which aids cleansing, but it can also be very drying as it strips the skin of it’s natural oils leading to dry and itchy skin. Repeated use of hot water can cause eczema, psoriasis and dandruff over time. It also causes a drop in blood pressure.
Cold water, however, has many health benefits such as retaining moisture and creates shiny hair and supple skin as it closes the pores and cuticles of your hair.
According to experts, the best water temperature for shower time is 40-43 degrees Celsius. Now I’m thinking, am i expected to measure the temp. every time before my bath? Well not really, cos who has time for that. Just know if your skin turns red, the water is too hot, lol.
So basically, it’s best to use lukewarm water. You can also take a warm tepid shower and finish off with cold rinse for the last few seconds to reap the benefits of the cold water.