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Cold water doesn’t exactly sound like the most appealing part of a beauty routine. And yet, the derms claim washing your skin and hair in chilled water instead of hot could be the biggest, most effective, most overlooked beauty secret of the decade.
As much as we all love taking a nice, hot bath, there’s proof that hot water isn’t that great for your skin. In fact, it could even be the culprit behind some of your beauty concerns – think dry skin, frizzy hair, little red pimples all over your body. Sound familiar?
It’s time to explore the benefits of cold water in your beauty routine and why you should leave your hot water days behind. All it takes is 30 seconds…
Warm water is great for cleansing your skin and getting rid of dirt that’s accumulated throughout the day. However, as more research is starting to surface, we’re beginning to realize that maybe washing with warm water isn’t so good after all. There’s definitely a lot of evidence that indicates using cold water instead can be beneficial for the skin – even more so in the mornings.
“Many of us wake up in the morning with our faces looking a little puffy, even if we haven’t had alcohol or foods high in sodium,” says dermatologist Sheel Desai Solomon, MD. “This is because when we sleep our cells regenerate, so our pores expand and our faces seem a little puffy. When you go to wash your face, don’t turn that faucet to warm hoping for a soothing effect. Cold water is what really helps do the trick.”
See, cold water promotes blood circulation which tightens your pores and results in a clearer, smoother complexion.
Cleansing your skin with cold water also gives your skin more color and enhances its brightness. That’s because it literally wakes up your skin. Try it for yourself and you’ll be able to feel the wakeup call.
Soloman adds, “Since cold water is capable of shrinking the pores, it’s also something that can help make your face less shiny. That’s because it’s via your pores that oils produced by the sebaceous glands reach the surface of your skin. With the size of your pores considerably reduced, the number of oils that cover your face can be kept to a minimum.”
Smaller pores? Sounds good to us!
And once you’re done with washing your face, be sure to replenish moisture by smearing on our Cream Skin Face Moisturizer. It’ll keep your skin hydrated for hours. Use am and pm for best results.
Did you know your hot showers could be causing both facial acne and body acne? If you’ve noticed a sprinkling of red dots appearing on your skin after every shower or bath, it’s likely your hot water habits are to blame.
“Hot water increases skin’s microcirculation and activates our sebaceous glands, resulting in open pores and excess sebum production,” explains Linda Blahr, head of science & education for SkinCeuticals. FYI: Excess sebum production = breakouts.
Hot water can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it unable to protect itself from harmful external irritants and prone to drying out. This encourages your body to produce more oil which eventually leads to clogged pores and pimples.
To see an improvement in your skin, turn down your shower temperature. It’s the quickest, easiest way to start protecting your skin and prevent it from breaking out.
In addition to turning down the heat, we recommend using our CBD Jelly Bundle every day to sweet away excess sebum and remove dead skin cells for clearer, brighter skin.
It’s official: Hairstylists all agree that a cold rinse can do wonders for your hair.
According to the experts, washing your mane in cool water can leave it stronger, bouncier, shinier, and healthier.
“Washing your hair with cold water helps with closing your cuticle after the wash. This also has the added benefit of helping, along with your haircare products, to make your hair look strong and shiny, and who doesn’t want that?” says celebrity hairstylist Florian Hurel.
She adds, “Hot water is never a good idea and doesn’t have any real benefit.”
To keep your tresses strong and healthy, turn down your shower temperature and incorporate our Super Plant Bundle Shampoo & Conditioner into your hair care routine.
Are you prone to skin redness? Altering the water temperature could be the trick to getting rid of redness altogether. Cool, but not cold water is best for constricting the blood vessels and delivering an even complexion without any redness.
Redness occurs when your skin is dry and your skin barrier is weak. You may also experience it if you have a condition like rosacea. Washing in cool water can help a lot in reducing your redness.
“Think of the skin as a protective wall that prevents things in the environment from making their way inside (chemicals, toxins, and pollution) as well as keeps what should stay inside from escaping (moisture and hydration),” explains Texas-based board-certified dermatologist Dr. Flora Kim. “When your skin is dry, this skin-barrier function (aka your skin’s ability to protect itself) is compromised, potentially leading to increased sensitivity and heightened vulnerability to irritation.”
Using hot water to cleanse your face can also make the skin appear red as it causes your blood vessels to dilate. Washing in cold water, however, constricts the blood vessels eliminating the appearance of flushed skin.
Soothe your skin with our Unicorn Soothe and Glow Whipped Body Butter. For best results, apply straight after taking a shower or bath to lock in moisture, soothe itchy skin, and reduce redness.
Can 30 seconds of cold water really change your beauty routine? Not just change…transform!
From clearing up acne to fighting frizz, there are a whole lot of reasons why cold water should play a significant role in your beauty routine. So turn down the temperature and start watching your skin get happier!