I remember when I had visited Toronto last winter, how I used to crave for hot shower soon after returning home. It not only gave me sheer relaxation from the freezing cold inside, but also rejuvenated my entire body from the day-long exhaustion. I do not have to convince you about its benefits on skin, but I feel it’s my duty to make you aware of the pros and cons of hot shower. This will indeed help you make proper use of this timeless bath benefit. Do have a read!
The temperature of hot shower usually ranges from 96 to 105 degree Fahrenheit. A 5-10 minute bath in warm water can bring in great benefits to muscles, joints and skin alike.
Here are a few pros offered by hot shower –
1. Hot shower improves muscular movement
Those suffering from arthritis, joint pains and muscle tears, are usually advised to take a hot shower. When our body comes in contact with hot water, the tolerable heat stimulates blood circulation and also helps in regaining flexibility to joints, muscles, tendons and tissues. Even though it cannot completely cure the complication, a hot water bath will certainly reduce the pain thereby giving some considerable relief to the patient.
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2. Hot shower is a mini massage
A hot shower is nothing less than a body massage. Just like how body massage relieves you from stress, in the same way hot shower also firms skin by stimulating blood circulation, thereby making you look refreshed and rejuvenated. This is one of the prominent perks that makes hot shower worth taking.
3. Hot shower exfoliates the skin
Regular shower usually does not cleanse the skin like the way hot shower does. Often clogged pores lead to building up of blemishes and toxins along-with dead skin cells. When hot water gets sprayed on body, the steam opens up the clogged pores. It then effectively cleanses the skin by removing the impurities and buildup toxins. However, do not forget to take your last shower in normal water. By this, the opened pores close again thereby making your skin exfoliated.
4. Hot shower relieves you from cold
People from the cold regions will agree how hot shower gives us great relief from the freezing cold. While the skin becomes dry and dull due to winter, a bath in hot water retains shine of the skin. Apply body lotion soon after coming out of the shower to keep your skin moisturized and supple.
Cons of hot shower
1. Hot shower leads to dryness
Just as pros, hot shower has its limitations as well. As I have already mentioned above how hot shower relieves us from the freezing cold, hot water also takes away the moisture content from our dried skin. This is the reason why; soon after taking shower you should apply body lotion all over the body to keep it soft and supple.
2. Hot shower leads to itchiness
If you do not apply body lotion after shower then hot shower leads to dryness, thereby ultimately leading to itchiness. The more the skin is drier, the more scratching you get. In order to avoid these, try applying moisturized shower gel and then slather on more amount of moisturizer.
So those were the following pros and cons of hot shower. Hope you found this post useful!