Some people, more than others, enjoy soaking in a scalding hot shower for over an hour as a way to detox. It’s seen as an excellent way to relax, but what are the health effects of taking these kinds of showers? Maybe it’s time you put your water on the warm setting instead of scorching.
Here are some examples of what extremely hot showers can do to our health:
The Downsides of a Hot Shower
Can Strip Away Skin’s Natural Barrier
The skin barrier is our body's way of naturally protecting us against itching, burning, and dryness. Additionally, skin can be stripped down because of high heat levels in our water. The longer you stay under the hot water, the more your skin weakens.
Leads to “Winter Itch”
What is the “winter itch”? Well, it’s a form of dryness that occurs due to the new colder, drier weather. If you spend an extended amount of time exposing your skin’s natural barrier to the steam and hot water, you’ll be more susceptible to the “winter itch”!
Infections Can Occur
When your skin’s natural barrier is weakened, you are more subject to dryness that can cause infections. Especially with the colder weather closing in, this will be an issue for many people. Lower the heat in your shower and moisturize areas sensitive to dryness!
Have you ever been in the middle of showering and, all of a sudden, you begin to feel extremely dizzy? Well, that is probably because your water was too hot. Your blood pressure can lower because of the heat, causing lightheadedness. If you’re not careful, you could seriously injure yourself!
Might Make Psoriasis And Eczema Worse
If you are suffering from psoriasis or eczema, hot water won’t do you any good. Your shower can make these conditions worse by stripping away your body’s natural oils that help manage/alleviate these conditions. Consider warm to cool showers instead to lessen these symptoms.
Did You Notice a Plumbing Problem While Taking a Shower?
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