A warm shower is a luxury many of us enjoy, but it turns out there are many benefits to skipping the heat and dousing yourself with cold water.
In fact, one study found taking a cold shower could mean better overall health.
Additionally, changing your water temperature to the cooler side of life can reduce stress and relieve depressions.
“Jumping into the shower without letting it heat up, or going into the ocean without slowly acclimating to it, can help promote hardening, increasing tolerance to stress, and even disease,” writes Medical Daily.
But water temperature isn’t the only change we should be making.
Although cringe-worthy to some, it turns out many of us are showering too much.
According to a Euromonitor poll published in The Atlantic, the average Australian showers about eight times a week - more than the Chinese, Japanese, Germans, French and even Americans.
Speaking to The New Daily, dermatologist Adam Sheridan said “alternate daily” showering is enough unless you work in the medical profession or the mining industry.
“Showering daily is often too much, but it really has more to do with the duration of a shower and what kind of soap people are using,” Dr Sheridan said.
“Showering and bathing – especially if for longer periods of times – and if using soaps, scrubs and perfumed cleansers can compromise the skin barrier.
“This can result in dry and inflamed skin.”
What do you think? Have you experienced positive benefits after switching to cold showers?