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It is the harmattan period and a whole lot of people will be scared of taking their bath with cold water. What they actually now do is to have their bath with hot water. Having a hot shower may have side effects on your body. This article outlines all the reasons why you should stop taking hot showers every morning, and maybe switch to cold showers or something in-between.

They will damage your skin

While your skin consists of 3 separate layers, hot showers affect the very most outer layer of your skin, the epidermis. Taking hot showers often damages your keratin cells, which are the cells that make up this layer of the skin. They exist to keep the moisture inside your skin, but exposure to heat can often damage the epidermis, and worsen the condition of your skin.

It will dry up your skin

For the same reason in which hot showers damage your skin; the layer of the skin responsible for keeping the moisture inside your skin is damaged. Which ends up leaving you with dry, cracked, rough skin. Hot water removes oils from the skin faster than warm water. Long showers can actually dry out your skin. Limit yourself to a single 5-10 minute warm shower a day, or take cold showers and improve the condition of your skin!

Not good for fertility/testes health

Studies have shown that men who regularly take hot showers and baths are at higher risk of infertility. One particular study showed that when men with fertility problems stopped taking hot baths, 5 out of 11 noticed a dramatic increase in sperm count. Overheating your testes can be very bad for your sperm count and overall fertility. Actually, taking ice-cold showers/baths can benefit fertility significantly.

They might damage your hair cuticles

Keratin is also responsible for protecting your hair. Hot water damages those cells and can damage your hair cuticles. Which essentially means worse-looking hair, and even hair loss if taken to a certain extent! Most people don’t wash their hair in hot enough water to damage their scalp and cause their hair follicles to weaken. However, sometimes people do, and this could potentially make your hair thinner down the line.

They often aggravate acne

Since they dry your skin out a little, it could have potentially stopped your pores from containing so much oily bacteria. Well, the opposite is actually true. Warm water is a yes, but hot water is no. If your showers are too hot, this can often aggravate acne and cause it to spread!

Your productivity might be suffering

And when you love to do something, you want to do more of it. Which means that your time spent in the shower increases. Instead of having a 2 minute cold shower, you’re having a 15-minute hot shower because it soothes your body.

By: Damilola Faustino

See Also: Ways To Prevent Dry Skin

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