Hot showers ‘damage skin and hair, ruin sleep and can even kill you’

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Hot showers ‘damage skin and hair, ruin sleep and can even kill you’

Scientists have issued a chilling warning about the dangers of taking hot showers, which they say could potentially be fatal.

According to a new report, having a steaming hot wash every day can strip our hair and skin of their natural oils. This can result in dry, itchy skin, brittle hair, and split ends.

The report also warns: « Conditions such as eczema or psoriasis can significantly worsen after hot showers. »

It explains that the intense heat can increase irritation and inflammation, leading to more severe outbreaks and discomfort.

Furthermore, excessively hot water can put extra strain on the heart. This is particularly risky for those with pre-existing heart conditions, who could black out and remain undiscovered in their shower or bath, reports the Daily Star.

The study explains: « The heat from a hot shower causes blood vessels to dilate, requiring the heart to pump harder to maintain blood flow. »

This added strain can be problematic for those with pre-existing heart conditions, potentially leading to increased cardiovascular stress.

For some people with certain heart conditions, this drop in blood pressure can cause dizziness or light-headedness, increasing the risk of falls or other injuries in the shower.

The combination of heart strain and sudden drops in blood pressure significantly increases the risk of fainting.

This is especially dangerous in the shower, where falls can lead to serious injuries.

Taking a hot shower before bedtime can make it harder to fall asleep, warns a new research. The study notes: « Although a hot shower can initially feel relaxing, the resultant increase in body temperature can interfere with the body’s natural cooling process, necessary for sleep. »

« Cooling down signals to the body that it’s time to sleep, and a hot shower before bed can delay this process, making it harder to fall asleep. »

Moreover, the steam from a scorcher of a shower can worsen asthma symptoms and carry bacteria from mouldy tiles into our lungs. The report also highlights the peril of skin burns.

It points out that the heads of showers are a perfect place for harmful bacteria and fungus to grow if they’re not kept clean properly.

Finally, the study reveals: « Millions of Brits are at risk of skin and heart problems due to hot showers. »

« The comfort and immediate satisfaction derived from a steaming shower, may in fact, act as a double-edged sword, potentially affecting both skin and cardiovascular health in the long term. »

Commenting on the findings, Eleanor Potter, the boss of strategic sourcing at Plumbworld, which paid for the study, said: « Moderation and awareness are key. »

« Opting for shorter, lukewarm showers can help minimise these risks. »

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