6:25am RE­JU­VE­NA­TION STA­TION

Men's Health (Singapore) - - HEALTH -

With your brain and body now en­gaged, it’s time to freshen up. But don’t take your nor­mal hot shower. When com­bined with reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, “hot-to-cold” show­ers re­duced sick­ness ab­sences by 54 per­cent in a re­cent PLOS One trial study. Par­tic­i­pants also re­ported more en­ergy and a higher qual­ity of life. Fol­low this plan to get started.

1 TURN DOWN THE TEMP

Stick a pair of spoons into your freezer. (We’ll come back to them.) Next, set your shower dial half­way be­tween hot and cold. Every 15 sec­onds, turn it down a notch. When you start gasp­ing, en­dure the chill for 3 min­utes. This will fire up your ner­vous sys­tem, re­leas­ing a surge of nor­ep­i­neph­rine, a neu­ro­trans­mit­ter that in­flu­ences alert­ness and mood to help com­bat those lost hours of sleep.

2 SPOON WITH YOUR­SELF

“Half of feel­ing en­er­gized is look­ing that way,” says Steven O’Neill, founder of the Grooming Clinic. “When you’re tired, it’s your eyes that give the game away.” So after your shower is fin­ished, grab those spoons, run them un­der cold wa­ter, and place them on your eye bags for 60 sec­onds to min­i­mize dark cir­cles. Next, drape a cold wash­cloth over your face. It’ll re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and make your skin look nice and tight.

3 WRAP IT UP

This last step locks in the wake­ful look. “Swap your reg­u­lar face wash for one with more pep,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist An­gela Lamb, M.D., of the Ic­ahn School of Medicine at Mount Si­nai. “Try one with gin­seng, which wakes up your skin and brain. Mean­while, a good eye gel will sink in quickly and leave a re­flec­tive fin­ish that makes you look more alert.

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