I was just reading about how cold showers are great for the skin (and the rest of the body). At first, I thought, “good for those nut jobs”. Then I thought, “You know what? I’m going to put my inner strength, endurance and faith in a higher power to the test, and try this cold shower thing for a week”. (Just in case I don’t get around to climbing Everest).
(OK. The shower isn’t cold the whole time. Just the last 60 seconds, but I guarantee it will be the longest 60 seconds of your life.)
Cold showers make your blood rush inward to your organs (perhaps to protect them from freezing). Then after the cold water is turned off, the blood rushes back out to the skin. This greatly improves circulation, leaving skin flush with blood- healthy and radiant. (Unlike hot water, which dehydrates.)
And there are even findings that suggest cold showers help to alleviate depression. Due to the mild electroshock delivered to the brain, by the sudden blast of cold water. (Hey, if we can now do home laser hair removal, why not home electroshock treatments?)
You’re supposed to take your usual temperature shower, then gradually turn off the hot water, until only the cold is left running.
When I stood under the cold downpour for the first time, I quickly counted to 60. (There were no Mississippis involved). I began hyperventilating, marching in place and twirling in a circle. I must have looked like a disorientated marching band member.
But I have to say, it really woke me up.
My reaction to the cold water, made Janet Leigh look calm by comparison.
Turns out, I’m now addicted to them. And if that makes me a nut, so be it. At least I’m an alert nut, with really soft skin.
FYI: If you have any heart problems, you're supposed to consult with your doctor before taking cold showers.
Have you ever tried the cold water shower thing? Would you ever?