6 Shower Hacks for Spa-Worthy Skin, Hair, and Moods

Cool water for improved focus and healthier skin

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Steaming hot showers, however life changing they may feel at the moment, are actually not optimal for a few reasons. Nicholson says hot water strips our skin and hair of their natural oils, leaving them dry and brittle (not great for existing skin conditions like eczema or acne). Instead, Nicholson suggests trying cool or tepid showers.

Cranking up the cool is good for your mood too — in fact, it has an antidepressive effect. One studyTrusted Source found showering in water about 68 degrees Fahrenheit for two to three minutes daily stimulates the central nervous system. Cold exposure releases the pain suppressing hormones beta-endorphin and noradrenaline, which can decrease depression symptoms. For those who don’t have depression, this boost of hormones may kick-start clear thinking, increase blood flow and muscle engagement, and decrease inflammation. Another studyTrusted Source reports participants that showered in cool water for 30 days reported a 29 percent decrease in self-identified sickness.

To try: If you’re anything like us and crave that comforting warm experience, try a cool blast for just 30 to 90 seconds at the end of your shower.

Natural shower products for health

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If you’ve noticed a serious surge in natural skincare companies in the last few years, you’re not seeing things. By 2025, the organic and natural product market is expected to be worth a casual $25 billion dollars — yay! People are starting to connect the dots between toxins in personal care products and potential health effects like reduced fertility, endometriosis, and cancer. Pretty serious stuff for a casual body scrub, huh — but what does this mean for your shower? Spring for the clean stuff.

Avoid products that have parabens, phthalates, styrene, triclosan, and fragrance to name a few. Not sure if your products fall into the not-so-hot category? Pop it into EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database to learn its toxicity level. Consider looking for shower products that have a small natural ingredient list. Since switching to organic products take time, we suggest restocking once you’re out of your current digs.

To try: To give you a starting point, these natural soaps are a win-win with many beauty gurus: Avalon Organic Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner, African Black Soap, and this exfoliating Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub.

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