Showering is part of an everyday routine- whether it’s how you start your day or how you detox before bed. Here are some simple ways to add some major health benefits and relaxing habits into your routine.
Adding Eucalyptus to your shower has more benefits beyond its refreshing scent. While this on its own, is amazing, hanging a bundle of eucalyptus in your shower can also relieve upper respiratory issues. So you’re not only amplifying your shower experience, but you’re giving your lungs a break from the pollution outside the four walls of your home. Eucalyptus has been shown to relieve common issues, which is why it’s often the active ingredient in over-the-counter balms and chest rubs. The steam of the shower releases the essential oils from the plant, helping to clear sinuses and aiding in upper respiratory health.
30 second Cold Rinse
Finding time to unwind is essential to a healthy lifestyle, and for some, stepping into a steaming shower can do just that. However, cold showers need to be playing more of a role in your unwinding routine. In fact, hot showers aren’t good for you, your skin, or your hair. It’s not plausible to assume that we’ll all be jumping into a freezing shower every day, but we should turn to the temperature down to lukewarm. This helps to keep moisturize your hair and your skin.
For the last 30 seconds of your shower, turn the nozzle to cold and stand beneath the water. The idea of going hot to cold may make you a little cranky, but it’s guaranteed that this will put you in a better mood. Cold showers activate the sympathetic nervous system, and they can help to increase norepinephrine and endorphins to give you that feel-good rush. They also increase heart rate and metabolism!
Your body is shocked into working harder to maintain a regular temperature, helping it to burn more calories (according to The British Journal of Sports Medicine). Not only does it boost mood but also boosts your immunity by exercising your lymphatic system. The Lymphatic system is responsible for the removal of toxins, and waste. It is also essential for transporting water and nutrients all over the body. However stagnant lymph can accumulate, resulting in puffiness in the face and abdomen, illness, and even breakouts. It is important to be practicing healthy lymph drainage daily.
Healthy Body Wash
The products you use every day should not only encourage your physical health but also your mental health. Using clean ingredients is critical for your skin; parabens and sulfates pose serious threats to our moisture barrier.
I use Necessaire soap. It’s full of vitamins, probiotics, and minerals. It’s also packed full of hyaluronic acid and essentials oils that are extremely hydrating for the skin. The part I love the most is their non-fragrance soap. Skincare with fragrance can pose threats to your skin. Always, always choose hydration over smell!