With the changing of the season comes cold weather. With cold weather comes sweaters, fuzzy socks, and hot cocoa. One of my favorite things to do in the colder seasons is take a long, hot shower. The warmth of the water and steam feel so amazing after being out in the cold. While the steam can help clear our skin and sinuses, there are some downsides to an excessive amount of hot water. All that heat can dry out your hair and skin, so follow up that warm shower with a cool rinse to lock in moisture!
Hot water dries out the skin and can leave it irritated and even cause rashes. Despite being immersed in water, the heat washes away the natural oils protecting the skin. The warm water will contract the skin leaving it dry and causing it to crack.
Not so Hot Hair
Hot water is great to get your hair clean, opening your cuticle allowing your shampoo and conditioner to get in and out. However, if you aren't following with a cool rinse, your hair will be left feeling dry and frizzy. This will allow your hair to feel more dry and frizzy. Using hot water from start to finish keeps the cuticle wide open allowing your color molecules to escape. For longer lasting color, use cooler water. The effects of this are beautiful! When your cuticle is down, your hair is softer, silkier, and less frizzy.
While those piping hot baths are so tempting as temperatures drop, keep in mind the effects it may have on your hair and skin. If cool showers aren't your thing, at least consider a cool rinse. Your body is beautiful so take care of it!