When we鈥檙e feeling gross and sticky from either an extra-hot day out or a HIIT聽workout sesh, all we want to do is jump in a cold shower. And聽even though we聽get a聽bit squeamish聽about taking a truly chilly shower, we鈥檙e still going to聽keep turning the water temp down, even as the weather gets colder. It turns out, there are many amazing health and beauty benefits from cold water, beyond just cooling off. If just the thought of a cold shower makes you shiver, here are some of its聽top incentives that might give you the push you need to finally take the freezing plunge.

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1. It wakes you up. Cold showers aren鈥檛 just an external shock to your system. While you鈥檙e taking all of those 鈥渙oooh OMG so cold鈥 deep breaths, you鈥檙e also pumping more oxygen into your brain. That could be the best way to start a Monday 鈥 or motivate yourself to go out dancing after work on Friday when you鈥檙e exhausted from the week.

2. Say hello to shinier hair. Cold water closes your hair cuticles, meaning you retain more moisture. Even if you don鈥檛 submerge your whole body in icy water on the reg, rinse your hair in cold water before you step out of the shower.

3.聽And clearer skin. Hot water might feel good while you鈥檙e under it, but it dries out your skin,聽and can even exacerbate existing conditions like acne or eczema. Cold water won鈥檛 strip your skin.

4. It (sort of) counts as a workout. Your body鈥檚 reaction to the cold is to try to keep you warm 鈥 and the best way to do that is to start burning calories. Hey, if you don鈥檛 have time for actual exercise today, it鈥檚 better than nothing, right?

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5. It鈥檒l help you recover after a (real) workout. You don鈥檛 have to take a pro athlete-style ice bath after a tough training session. As long as your workout isn鈥檛, like, running drills against NFL players all day, a nice cold shower is enough to ease your sore muscles.

6. It puts you in a better mood.聽Cold water reinvigorates your system, and there are theories that the sudden change in temperature聽helps improve brain function. Some people even聽take cold showers as a form of therapy for depression or stress, since聽there鈥檚 research that suggests it can balance your serotonin levels.

7. It can keep you from getting sick.聽Forget聽what your mom told you about standing in the cold.聽Cold showers activate your immune system and increase your circulation.

Do you take cold showers on the regular? Let us know聽@BritandCo.

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