Body Wise: Hot and Cold
Probably the only beauty routine I never skip, I mean never ever, I do it every day, anywhere, cold shower.
We do not have too many folk traditions left in Finland, but going to sauna and dipping in cold water or snow afterwards is one we hold dear.
Hot and cold treatments can also be experienced in spa but the simplest is the one you end your morning shower with. After washing yourself and getting warm under warm water, you turn the water cold for the last 30 to 60 seconds, and you are done.
If you want to, you can repeat the process going back to warm for a little while, and again, ending with cold. I do this when I am getting my period, or my body feels sluggish and slow for some other reason.
Your mother taught you, that to do well, you should not be freezing too much. However, shocking your body with a sudden burst of cold can be really beneficial.
The quick change in temperature from hot to cold boosts circulation, metabolism and the flow of lymph, which is essential to retaining good health.
Stepping out of cold shower you feel energized, fresh and warm. Your skin feels moist and firm – this is the best time to lock in moisture with a rich cream or body oil.
It goes without saying though, that you should not adapt any beauty or wellness routine that does not feel good.
The key to a successful cold treatment is to be truly warm and comfortable before it – and not make it too shocking. You have to give your body, especially your head, some time to adjust to the colder temperature.
Instead of jumping under cold water at once, first wet your hands and feet under it, then legs and arms, and finally your whole body.