10 Beauty Benefits Of Taking Cold Showers That Even Celebrities Swear By

10 Beauty Benefits Of Taking Cold showers
I embraced a new beauty routine in the new year. I ditched the water heater for cold showers.

No big deal in tropical Singapore? Well, with the current chilly weather due to rain, showering in completely cold water before 7 in the morning is no mean feat. Not especially after years of using warm water.

I’d tried showering in cold water some years ago but it wasn’t too long before I reverted to the water heater. So why the sudden change in routine? Well, call it celebrity inspiration. Heh.

You see, I just found out that the cold shower therapy is popular with some celebrities for its anti-aging benefits. Not just celebrities, even dermatologists are corroborating. I’ll tell you who these celebrities are in a jiffy but let’s look at some of beauty benefits of using cold water in our shower.

1. Improves skin complexion
Showering in cold water will help bring blood to the capillaries and increase circulation for your skin and throughout the body. In fact, a better blood flow will improve the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your skin and help you achieve a radiant, glowing complexion.

2. Prevents skin from drying out
Hot water is good to remove grease and grime but it tends to strip your skin’s natural lipids, causing skin to dry out. Cold water on the other hand does not strip the skin of its natural lipids. In fact, cold water constricts openings of sebaceous glands and help moderate sebum production.

3. Alleviates skin ailments
Because hot water strips away your natural lipids, it can exacerbate skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. So those with skin ailments may be better off using cold water (it may take some time though). Come to think of it, Gracie’s skin condition has improved by leaps and bounds after I switched to using cold water to bathe her.

4. Tightens skin pores
While hot water opens up the pores, showering in cold water helps to tighten the pores temporarily, preventing them from getting clogged with dirt and oil.

5. Reduces swelling and puffiness
Showering in cold water help to constrict blood vessels, and aid to reduce swelling and puffiness as well as the appearance of dark circles under your eyes where the skin is at its thinnest.

6. Makes hair look shinier and less frizzy
Cold showers can make hair look shinier and less frizzy because the lower temperature helps to close the scales of the cuticle and flatten hair follicles.

7. Prevents dandruff
Using cold water on your head means your scalp is less prone to drying, a common cause for dandruff.

8. Slows down hair loss
Cold shower makes your hair stronger and prevents hair from being easily pulled out. So cold water also slows down hair loss. In fact, rinsing your hair with cold water at the end of your shower stimulates your hair follicles, which increases hair growth.

9.Aids in weight loss
Cold showers can aid weight loss because the body has to burn energy to keep your body temperature up. Apparently, cold showers also prevent the body from developing an extra layer of fat.

10.Promotes better sleep
Your body temperature plays a big role in getting a good night’s rest and we know how important sleep is for beauty. If you’re going to have a shower before bed, make it a cold one. Anyway, you simply can’t get to sleep as easily if your body temperature is too warm. This is why you fall asleep faster in an air-conditioned room.

While cold water is great for the many benefits I’ve listed (as well as others I’ve not put down), there are some exceptions. One is when you’re cleaning makeup off your face at the end of the day. The other is when you’re menstruating. In both cases, lukewarm water is recommended. You may want to do a cold water rinse for your face after you’re done cleansing.

Celebrities who favor cold showers
I’d mentioned that cold water showers are popular with various celebrities. So who exactly are these fans?

Katharine Hepburn
You may not be familiar with her but this beautiful actress began taking cold showers daily after being pushed by Dr. Thomas Norval Hepburn, a urologist and pioneer in social hygiene, The New York Times reported. Katharine would take ice-cold baths or showers during childhood and for the rest of her life. She swore by cold showers, and had a high energy level to support her claims.

Miranda Kerr
The former supermodel of Victoria’s Secret and ex-Mrs Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr reveals her secret for better looking skin and healthier hair is to take cold showers. She recommends cold shower even in winter for beautiful skin and health.

Ha Ji Won
Korean actress Ha Ji Won, who acted as Empress Ki, was asked to explain how she has not changed in appearance in 10 years. Her answer? “I always take shower in cold water. I’ve always been doing that since I was a child.” The hardcore fan added, “I take shower with cold water even when the temperature is -20°C.” Wow. I’m impressed.

How to ease into cold shower
So how about trying cold shower in this new year? Embrace it as a new beauty routine like I did. Even if it does not yield beauty benefits, cold water invigorates you and freshens you up. It’s an instant pick-me-up and completely doable!

If you’ve never tried a cold shower but are keen to try, here’s a tip for the first-timer: start with a warm shower and gradually turn down the heat of the water heater till the water is completely cold. This way, it’s less daunting as you won’t shock your system by stepping into the shower completely cold.

But I’m not too confident about taking cold showers in winter. I’m not sure I can withstand the torture of dealing with the cold. I guess I’ll have to wait for a winter holiday to try that. So not looking forward to trying it though.

So how many of you are already taking cold showers? If you are, do share your experience with us and how it has benefited you. 


  1. Veronica Marks says:

    I had no idea that using cold water for showers could actually help my skin in so many ways. I would love to have my skin not be so dry after showering. I just moved to Utah from Florida a few months ago, and the dry skin issue is so hard to battle. I like the idea of having shinier hair as well. I just may have to try this out, if I can work up the courage!

  2. Kassie says:

    Helpful info. Lucky me I discovered your
    website unintentionally, and I’m stunned why this coincidence did nnot happened earlier!I bookmarked it.
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  3. Sesame says:

    The quality of the water could be a problem for your skin.

  4. Estelle says:

    Very nice information here, and nice website btw. Unfortunately I cannot stand making a full body shower with cold water, but I use cold water to rinse my hair. – This is an old tip, I learned that when I was a little kid from my grandmother. I also use cold water rinsing my face after cleansing.
    Estelle last post is: Michel Mercier Detangling Brush Review

  5. Palak Kumari says:

    Luckily I found your blog, I am Surprize How much benefits of cold water shower, I take shower lukewarm water in winter.. But Now I changed the rule, From Tomorrow I will take shower with cold water, So many benefits you listed, weight loss, dandruff issues etc.. thanks for sharing..
    Palak Kumari last post is: 8 Health Benefits of Turmeric

  6. Sesame says:

    That’s good too. Finish off with a cold rinse! ?

  7. Sesame says:

    Give it a try. You might like it.

  8. PhilipTorres says:

    superb just loved you post..

  9. Jamie says:

    I always heard about the shinier hair in cold water so the last rinse before I get out is always with cold water. Keeps my hair pretty!
    Jamie last post is: Deion Sanders Net Worth

  10. Sesame says:

    That’s cool too…keeping the last rinse cold.

  11. Susan Griffin says:

    Wow!I never knew the importance of cold showers, I have a dry skin for which I use BODY SPA
    rejuvenating body lotion, which I brought from yet I never tried cold showers, I will definitely try now!Thanks!

  12. Sesame says:


  13. Johann Georg Blomeyer says:

    I am a vivid cold shower user, take it as a medicine against constant cold feet (low blood pressure).
    I collected your statements to convince my wife to follow your excellent recommendations.
    She is in a bipolar disorder – now again in the depressive episode. I read that cold showers strengthen the will power and helps to overcome depressive moods.
    We shall see.

    Georg Blomeyer from sunny Guadalajara, Spain

  14. Sesame says:

    Hope it’ll work well for your wife. Will also be praying for her to be well.

  15. Louis says:

    I’ve been trying cold showers for over 5 months now. In fact, I haven’t taken any hot shower this year. Sometimes I wake up with little willpower but then I realize that all the times that I had a cold shower I felt better after it. The main thing I think during cold showers is “I will stay under this shower until I no longer feel cold”. And it happens all the time and it is awesome when I finish.
    However it is not a big of a deal because I live in a tropical country (Brazil) where there is no such thing as “too much cold”. Do you guys have advices on how I take this practice to the next level?

  16. Sesame says:

    I don’t know…I live in a tropical country too (Singapore). Still, cold shower is a struggle especially in the morning. So what I do is to turn on the hot shower first and then adjust temperature lower till I can manage complete cold water.

  17. sanjyot says:

    My aunt too showers with cold water and somehow she never falls sick or catches cold.So I tried it in summers but I cant do it in winters.For my hairs I shower in cold water so I do it on a sunday afternoon as it gives a shine to my hairs,i didn’t knew about the other benefits.Thanks for sharing this very informative article.

  18. Jamie Voltar says:

    Wonderful Tips on the benefits of taking cold showers. I am also bathing using warm water first, then slowly decreasing the heat volume of the water heater. Personally, I think getting a good water heater is crucial for this to work perfectly. I got mine from verellenhc.com

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