The Benefits of a Cold Shower

I must have showed up late on the day that God assigned me a super-power, because I didn’t get anything cool like the ability to stop time, or the ability to fly. I got a powerful sense of curiosity and a knack at conducting research. Pretty much the nerdiest of all the available super powers. (Geeze louise, three sentences in and I’m already digressing.) The point: when confronted with a topic I know little to nothing about, my instinct is to research it enough to have a reasonably informed conversation about it. The result: a dilettante’s understanding of a variety of subjects. This is one of those subjects.

It was revealed to me through a recent conversation that some people were brought up to take cold showers. This is the first I’ve heard of it, but it also doesn’t particularly surprise me, as every credible source on skin or hair-care instructs to always end one’s cleansing routine with a cold water rinse. A cold water shower isn’t so different. Cold water rinses are great for the face because they close one’s open pores and increase circulation. Similarly, for hair, a cold water rinse seals the cuticle, leaving one with shinier, smoother hair.

After reading as much information as I could find on the subject, there doesn’t seem to be any scientific evidence to prove the health benefits of cold water showers, but there are a great deal of personal testimonies, which weigh almost as much in my opinion. Many people attest that a cold water shower (or even simply a three to five-minute cold water rinse) helps build immunity against viruses like the flu, increases circulation, relieves depression and increases energy. As someone who already embraces the cold water rinse for her face and hair, it’s easy for me to want to test this out. (Although I love a luxurious warm shower, so I’ll most likely go for the three to five-minute cold water rinse instead.)

Were you brought up to take cold water showers? Rinses? Does it sound more like a low-grade torture method than holistic medicine? Tell me all about it in the comments below, because sharing is caring.

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  1. Jaitee

     /  October 20, 2010

    I wasn’t brought up to take cold showers but I live in the desert so when it’s summer and I know it’s gonna be hot outside I often turn the water cold right before I get out in order to fend off the heat longer. I never really thought about it before but it does seem to give me more energy on the days I do then when I skip it.

  2. I was not brought but when I need to wake up I do throw cold water on my face…then regret it moments it later. I do feel more awake though. I once heard that taking cold showers open up your skin pores and let the purities out. But my beautician says that is nonsense.

  3. Erica

     /  July 16, 2012

    I know this post is ancient but I recently found your blog (through the MM/50 Shades post, which was fabulous btw) and I had to comment – 1) I love your blog, your honesty, your writing style, and how you gently but persistently speak of your faith. 2) I live overseas, and in the summer we can’t do anything but cold showers b/c it is so HOT, but without central heating (which is literally unheard of here) cold showers are TORTURE in the winter. once, i literally ended up curled up on the floor sobbing b/c our water heater hadn’t been working for a few weeks and i just couldn’t take ANOTHER cold shower. so while it might be feasible in America or other places like central heating where it’s above freezing in your house when you get out, it definitely sounds like torture to me in the winter 🙂


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