Jennifer Lopez once declared she washes her hair in ice water in a bid to ward off split ends and encourage a smooth mane.
But unlike globetrotting celebrities, dealing with the fluctuating temperatures here in Australia can be enough to dive into a steamy hot shower on most nights. Hot showers are the nemesis of supple skin and splitting hairs but in the depths of winter when Netflix is your only companion, what else are you going to do to stay snug? Tinder is too much effort, a hot shower is not.
Like Nespresso is to coffee lovers, an instantaneous hot shower is the gift that keeps on giving, with minimal effort – the Ugg boots of the home, if you will.
Here's the case for hot showers:
- Hot showers can relieve tension and soothe stiff muscles. If you have a powerful shower head, even better. Let the hot water work like a mini massage on your shoulders, neck, and back.
- Studies have shown that taking a hot shower can amp up your oxytocin levels and ease anxiety. Anyone working with stress, aka everyone, can use more of the love hormone in their life.
- A hot shower also acts as a natural decongestant to relieve cold symptoms, since the hot steam moisturises nasal passages.
- Can't be bothered ironing? Hang your silks in the bathroom while you get steamy and, voila, creases are gone, or at the very least, less stubborn.
- Under the weather and running a slight fever? A hot shower might be what you need to help break your fever, and bring your temperature back to normal.
- Feeling blue? A good cry in a hot shower can be liberating for your emotional state, especially whilst re-enacting the infamous Toni Braxton!
So there, we get it J.Lo, but we’ll just lather ourselves in BB delicate body wash in our steamy hot shower instead!