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    Hi,

    I regularly have cold showers, for a multitude of different reason that I won't list right now. On occasion I'll have a warm shower, but otherwise pretty much cold a majority of the time.

    I'm just wondering if anyone thinks it would be better to scrub down/exfoliate my skin in a cold shower or in a warm shower. I feel a lot cleaner and refreshed after a cold shower, but I've noticed that I feel a lot smoother after a warm one, so I'm not sure if I should be taking preference towards a certain temperature, or if I should maybe alternate my exfoliating between hot and cold.

    Any opinions on the matter would be interesting.
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    Dead skin might be easier to remove during a warm shower since it'll be softer, like its easier to cut your nails after a warm shower.

    That's just a guess though, I have no idea.
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    Hmm I tend to have warm showers because it opens up the pores so you can really get....clean I guess. But also because I find it helps exfoliate more as skin gets easier to remove.

    But I always turn the shower onto cold for like 30 seconds (any longer and my head starts hurting) because I feel it makes my skin feel more refreshed and also closes up the pores again. Also closes up the shafts of your hair, making it smoother and shinier imo.
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    Warm because it opens up your pores.
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    It's interesting that the responses seem to involve open pores as being an advantage to exfoliation, but I thought that since it's a process that involves removing a layer of dead skin it wouldn't necessarily be affected by whether the pores are open or not.

    I get that having open pores makes it easier to remove the dirt and excess oils out of them when scrubbing, but I'm not interested in that part here, just the removal of dead skin flakes and general buffering.

    Anywho, I'll try exfoliating with warm water again for an extended period of time and see if there's any noticeable difference. Thanks all.
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    Cold showers are really great for circulation, but getting rid of dead skin is a lot easier in warm showers. That said, if you used an exfoliating scrub (rather than gloves) then I'm not sure but I think it'd probably work just as well. You could always have the last few minutes really warm to exfoliate in and then the rest cold. If you only want to have cold showers, then you could also look at body brushing, which is a godsend for boosting circulation, getting rid of dead skin and clearing skin generally.
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    (Original post by ironandwine)
    Cold showers are really great for circulation, but getting rid of dead skin is a lot easier in warm showers. That said, if you used an exfoliating scrub (rather than gloves) then I'm not sure but I think it'd probably work just as well. You could always have the last few minutes really warm to exfoliate in and then the rest cold. If you only want to have cold showers, then you could also look at body brushing, which is a godsend for boosting circulation, getting rid of dead skin and clearing skin generally.
    Great, thanks for that.
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    Exfoliate in warm shower coz your pores will open when it's warm/hot. So when you exfoliate more dirt will be scrub off. After you're done, bath in cold water to close the pore.
    The same principle apply for face washing.
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    Exfoliating is more effective without water...what are you using to exfoliate? A scrub? If I were you, I'd use the scrub whilst the water is off, and then turn the shower on afterwards to rinse it off and wash.
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    Can you not do dry body buffing/brushing and then wash off in a cold shower and mix it in with a hot shower to open the powers and clean that way too.
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    (Original post by OddThings)
    Can you not do dry body buffing/brushing and then wash off in a cold shower and mix it in with a hot shower to open the powers and clean that way too.
    I suppose I can do, all suggestions being offered here that I have not considered before will be experimented with in the near future.
 
 
 
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