Can a hot shower cause you harm?

Can a hot shower or bath cause you harm?

Oh, how I love having a hot shower before going to bed, especially during the winter. It is soothing, it is refreshing and it helps me sleep. But, could it actually be bad for me?

A quick hot shower is one of the greatest pleasures of humans –and please do appreciate it, if you can have a hot shower, you are one of the fortunate few. It just feels right, and while it is true that it is beneficial for your health there are some things you have to bear in mind. Let’s first look at the benefits:

Benefits of hot baths or showers

Hot water relaxes your muscles and body.

Why would this be bad?

If you expose your skin to hot water for too long it can severely dry –the heat strips away the natural sebum barrier which is our defense against irritants. This could lead to eczema, acne and dandruff.

So as long as you don’t stay for too long, you can profit from the benefits of a hot shower!

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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