Since both kinds of showers deliver its own unique benefits, which would be best for you? You can stick to your preferred temperature, but there are certain instances where one would be better than the other.
Got insomnia? Get into a warm/hot shower
Having trouble sleeping? Taking a warm shower or bath at night not only relaxes your body, but also adjusts your body temperature. When you come out of a warm shower into a cooler bedroom, your body temperature, heart rate and breathing drops, signalling your body that it's time to rest.
Don’t aggravate acne with hot showers!
While hot showers help to unblock pores, it’s worth noting that it could aggravate acne problems. Acne happens when there is too much sebum (oil) on the skin. Although a hot shower removes sebum, the removal also triggers the body to produce more sebum after the shower. If you suffer from acne, it is advisable to take cold showers to help sebum control and prevent new breakouts.
Relief cramps with a warm shower
While there is nothing harmful about taking cold showers when menstruating, a warm shower is better in helping the muscles to relax, thereby alleviating cramps – just like how a hot water bottle helps.
Hot & cold after a workout
While professional and amateur sportsmen engage in ice baths after a workout to help muscles recover faster, you could try alternating between hot and cold showers. Some experts believe that alternating between hot and cold shower after a workout helps to encourage better blood circulation and detoxification.