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4 reasons for not taking hot showers in winter

4 reasons for not taking hot showers in winter Illustrative photo (Photo: Freepik)
Author: Daria Shekina

Standing under hot water in the shower is a favorite for everyone. However, it turns out this can harm the skin, according to the Express website.

How it harms

Dermatologist Andy Ellis explains that a hot shower can lead to four undesirable consequences that might take a long time to resolve.

Skin irritation

According to the expert, excessively hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils, causing dehydration. Irritation due to itching all over the body can turn into actual pain. Also, scratches can lead to infection, which is genuinely dangerous and requires treatment.

Hair dryness

Hot water can not only excessively dry out the skin but also damage the hair. As a result, it becomes dry and brittle. The dermatologist notes that hot water removes natural oils and makes the scalp prone to flaking.

Excessive sweating

The expert notes that if the water temperature is too high, the sweat you just washed off will be replaced almost immediately. This happens because sweating continues even after leaving the bathroom.

Skin aging

All women use moisturizers and masks to delay skin aging. However, all efforts can be in vain if one takes a hot shower every night. It's worth remembering that hot showers dehydrate and dry out the skin, leading to wrinkles.

The most acceptable shower temperature is between 37 to 42 degrees Celsius.

A cold shower stimulates blood circulation, reduces inflammation, improves skin and hair health, and enhances appearance. Cold water also tightens skin pores.