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5 Days Of Cold Showers | Try Living With Lucie | Refinery29

November 8, 2019

Im Lucie Fink and this week is 5 Days of Cold Showers. Hey guys. What’s up? If you are new to our You Tube channel, please subscribe here. And if you are a returning viewer then welcome back to Try Living With Lucie. Im Lucie. Hi. Before I start comment below and let me know what other five day challenges you want to see me try on this channel. In fact this episode idea came from multiple comments that I try five days of cold showers and decided that I’d take the plunge until it was one of the coldest months of the year. Go Big or go home. So here we are. And now it’s time. If you google “Potential benefits of cold showers,” you’ll see that the internet makes some pretty bold claims. Really? So let’s get into it. Today on Day One, I woke up, I turned on
my shower and I just jumped right in. I didn’t give myself too much time today to
plan or figure out the proper way to do this. I just kind of got in there and screamed. Oh No! Ahh! I’m rarely in those situations that I’m just so physically uncomfortable that I’m finding it hard to remember to breathe. That’s exactly what happened in the cold shower. When you are facing that stream of water and it’s coming down on you landing on your legs, you just constantly push your butt back to
avoid getting the water on your shoulders, and on your chest, and your stomach because those are the most sensitive areas. But I made sure to scoop up the water and to throw it on all of those areas so that I got the cold water everywhere. But the moment I turned the water off, I felt like an internal heater came on and I’m not sure if that’s because the air was warmer than the water was, but either way, my hands and feet were still really cold when I got out and I essentially stepped out of the shower and I wrapped the towel
around me and I just shivered into a pile on the floor. I will say though, the shower woke me up. I was definitely alert in the morning after that one. Yeah, way more alert. Day Two. I came across an article on Refinery29 about Miranda Kerr and her everyday routine. What do you know? Girl takes cold showers. She wakes up at 6 a.m., she puts a tablespoon of coconut oil in her mouth for 20 minutes, and while she’s swishing it around, she rubs coconut oil all over her body and then hops into a cold shower. I tried oil pulling before during 5 Days Of Coconut Oil and I didn’t love the texture of the solid coconut oil in my mouth. But I spooned a tablespoon of coconut oil into my mouth, then I rubbed the oil all over my body. Once I was all lathered up, I turned on the cold shower and I stepped in. Because I was swishing the coconut oil in my mouth, I could only breath through my nose, so I actually had to remember to breath more frequently if I wanted to get oxygen to my brain. When I got out, I spit the oil into my garbage can and this is very important because if you spit the oil anywhere else it can clog up your drains. And that was that. I spent the same exact amount of time in the shower today as I did yesterday but because today I was focused on swishing the oil and massaging it into my skin, it really helped the time pass faster. It felt more like a morning ritual than a
torturous shower experience, so that was good. I think that a lot of people that try this
cold shower experiment are doing it to see if it gives them better hair. R29’s senior sex and relationships writer, Maria Del Russo, did an experiment for us on site where she rinsed her hair with cold water
for 30 days to see what type of effects it had on her. So before I tried washing my hair today, I
asked here to send me some of her thoughts. She explained to me what her hair looks like
microscopically and how cold water can supposedly have an effect on that. Hey Lucie, it’s Maria. A lot of people think that their hair is a
solid tube and it’s not. It’s actually made up of these tiny microscopic layers that lay on top of each other. If hair is healthy, the shingles lay flat and they reflect light really well
which is why healthy hair looks super shiny. Cold water is supposed to make it so that
the cuticle lays completely flat. Number one thing that people complain about
when they are washing their hair with cold water is that it doesn’t feel as clean and
kind of more difficult to work up a lather. I promise you that your hair is getting clean,
but dont pile on extra product. When you are finished, dont use as much hair
product as you usually would in your hair. Good luck and try not to shiver too much in the shower. So with Maria’s advice in the back of my head, I just got in there. And oh man! Ahh! This experience was actually pretty hilarious. Whoa! Eee! Ah! Okay! My back is cold! I followed Maria’s advice and used less shampoo that I normally would. Then I lathered it up really quickly and just sort of screamed and huffed and puffed and scrubbed until the entire thing was over. When I got out of the shower, I took her advice again and I didn’t use any product in it. I just brushed it, put it into a braid, and I left for my shoot. Now I’m on my way to my shoot for the day. I’m letting my hair dry naturally in a braid and I’m going to hope, crossing my fingers, that it’s looking nice and shiny. Now I’m back home and we can see how my hair dried. It does feel pretty good. I guess it looks slightly shiny. But I’m not sure how noticeable this shine
would be as compared to how my hair looks everyday after a warm shower. What do you think? Do you notice anything different? Huh? So this morning I turned my cold shower experience
into a bit of a spa morning. I came into the bathroom wrapped into a warm, huge, fluffy blanket. I started by using a dry brush, which as I
read in another Refinery29 article, has a ton of benefits. It speeds up the transport of oxygen to the
body’s cells and tissues which stimulates your lymphatic system. It exfoliates your skin, eliminating clogged pores and ingrown hairs. I followed it up by putting almond oil onto my skin. Finally when I was all warm and brushed and oiled up, I got into the shower. This time I followed specific directions for
what you’re actually supposed to do in a cold shower. I spent the entire time under the water vigorously massaging myself. This definitely helped me stay warmer because I was active the entire time and I was keeping the blood flowing and circulating. I even followed directions of an article that told me I’m supposed to take short breaks in the middle of the cold shower where I turn the water off but I kept massaging my skin. When I got out, I felt that warm sensation
again that I had previously felt when getting out of the cold shower. And I was very curious about it so I decided to look it up. There is an ancient Indian term for this: There is a whole science and grace to it,
but essentially, it’s hydro therapy. When the cold water hits your skin, the blood comes rushing to the surface in self-defense which leaves you feeling warmer on the spot. I was in and out of the bathroom in just 15
minutes this morning, but I somehow felt like I had a full on spa awakening experience. Ah! It was amazing. Day 5: my last cold shower of the week. I’m starting to notice how efficient I’ve been over the past few mornings. Put some more oil on, did a quick soap and
water rinse in my cold shower, got out very quickly. I noticed that I even had extra time. Time to brew a pot of coffee, make myself
something to eat, and even to sit down and make a mood board to help me plan for the next episode of “Try Living With Lucie.” I’m not going to tell you what it is, but based on some of the mood board items… got any guesses? So while I can’t tell you if the cold showers
really did improve my skin or my hair or make me more fertile, I can tell you that adding a ritualistic aspect to my morning did make me feel more efficient and the cold water definitely energized me and woke me up. Comment below letting me know if you love or hate taking cold showers and as always, let me know what you want to see me try next time for five days at a time. Hey YouTube! Thanks for watching. Click here to watch another watch another video on Refinery29. Here to subscribe to us on YouTube. And right here for my personal YouTube channel. Bye!

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  • Reply Refinery29 December 8, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    What would you like to see next on Try Living With Lucie?

  • Reply The JoeJoe TV Show November 28, 2018 at 12:27 am

    you are doing it wrong – cut the water flow to at least half of what you've got going on, then it is not an "artic blast" on you … it dribbles down and you can spread it around with your hands, much more enjoyable experience 🙂

  • Reply Ella’s World November 29, 2018 at 5:11 am

    2:54 I feel bad for the poor camera 😔

  • Reply Sarah Brunner November 29, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Before cold showers I usually do some squats and push ups to warm me up!

  • Reply wade wilson December 1, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    five days without shower

  • Reply Galaxy Records December 5, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    5days of horses

  • Reply Savannah Holland December 6, 2018 at 1:41 am

    I have mixed feelings about taking cold showers.

  • Reply Cesar Orozco December 7, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Cold showers got to last at least 15 minutes to get full benefits
    AWESOME video

  • Reply York Town December 11, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Try 5 day NoFap next

  • Reply Jayne Holliday December 11, 2018 at 10:53 pm

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  • Reply eye flowers • 8 years ago December 13, 2018 at 1:24 am

    You have big and beautiful eyes

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    5 days of being a beauty guru

  • Reply Zahra Al-Ribh December 18, 2018 at 4:54 am

    I have the same shampoo

  • Reply Nadia’s Vlogs and stuff December 19, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Try 5 days of only eating ice cream

  • Reply Eleanor Keys December 22, 2018 at 12:27 am

    5 days for acting like a man/ being a man. Pls I think it would be Really funny.
    Act like a man and dress like one ect. It would be really funny to see what you would think men do and then maybe have a man react to those 5 days

  • Reply Bumble Besson December 22, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    I’m doing this.

  • Reply Haleigh Frances December 25, 2018 at 5:02 am

    5 days of eating like a vegan

  • Reply Leah Alsar December 25, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    5 days of different makeup styles

  • Reply Big Chungus December 29, 2018 at 9:38 am

    When u take a shower after someone just took a shower and they left no hot water

  • Reply Liza_912 Mae December 30, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Actually when you use hot it will not give you moister in your skin than cold water

  • Reply Unicorn 213 December 30, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    5 days of teaching a lesson to people

  • Reply Vika Sandodze January 1, 2019 at 7:27 am

    5 days of eating ice cream

  • Reply Rachel Gehring January 1, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Do 5 days of not having makeup

  • Reply Pratha Patel January 2, 2019 at 3:59 am

    I take cold showers every single day and I’m a kid

  • Reply John50 Beach January 4, 2019 at 2:45 am

    Why does she have white rings around her pupils?

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  • Reply Makaila Mason January 9, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    5 days of Pet Sitting 🐈
    5 days of being a Cat/Dog person🐶

  • Reply Pippa joy January 10, 2019 at 6:18 am

    5 days without coffee

  • Reply Dovfka January 12, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Is it healthy or worth to take a cold shower in the evening?

  • Reply Winddragon Lundholm January 13, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    If you shower with cold water you kind off don't waste as much water because you want to get out of there faster.

  • Reply Sydnee Tibbetts January 13, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    ill try it. love ya

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  • Reply Lilly Batman January 16, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Do 5 days picking your clothes blindfolded

  • Reply random_gamer_alert 69 January 17, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Ok so I was at my camp for school, and it was mid winter and very cold(keep that in mind) so like when we were done for the day(with the main activities) go back to the rooms and it’s shower time…ok guess what I had…

    I HAD A COLD ASS SHOWER and personally for me, it wasn’t cold nor was I cold after I got out. When I got back (it was a 3 day camp for my grade) and told my parent they were confused and thought I was lying. Ok we had the showers before dinner and we would run around before dinner and pretty much get dirty(after a shower). My favourite parts of that camp was the huge zip line we did and a reptiles show with snakes and crap. I’m not scared of heights so it was easy for me to climb up, and my now (ex) best friend which I can’t tell her that was crying so much and it was funny

  • Reply Korah Thompson January 17, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    In a rush? Take a cold shower! You won't want to be in there very long. 😂

  • Reply Kathleen Murphy January 18, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    5 days living with out pillows

  • Reply evidence smith January 19, 2019 at 2:23 am

    I used to be able to shower with cold water (like as cold as it could get) but my sister convinced me to try hot water and now I cant handle cold water which makes me mad on hot days…. This took a long time to write

  • Reply alaya bhalla January 19, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Can someone tell me where she got her necklaces

  • Reply Naya Grahn January 23, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    i think you are the only person i know that showers with your necklaces on

  • Reply Kim Scott January 25, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Why did she shower with a necklace on this just gonna ruin the necklace

  • Reply Chana Jacobson January 31, 2019 at 3:38 am

    5 days of ice bath

  • Reply Japneet Sandhu February 2, 2019 at 4:18 am

    5 days of chocolate 🍫 😍😍😍😍

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  • Reply Shelly Weng February 9, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    5 days of no makeup 😉

  • Reply Abby Jencks February 9, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    5 days of eating subway

  • Reply bloody roses February 10, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    I do shower 2 times a day in the morning and evening, and both with cold water

  • Reply sam smith February 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    omg your teeth are so big lol you have so many of them, that's all I can see lol

  • Reply Saira Naeem February 11, 2019 at 1:49 am

    One time in 3 rd grade or so I had to take a really cold shower ( including washing my long hair) because the hot water ran out. I froze but hit a 100 on every test that week 😂

  • Reply FabulousKilljoy917 February 18, 2019 at 12:11 am

    I usually try to just end with a cold shower, close the pores and such

  • Reply Draw Clearly February 18, 2019 at 8:41 am

    It’s not good for muscles, it doesn’t boost hormones, it’s just placebo

  • Reply Chloe February 21, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Oh my gosh I love your necklace! Where is it from?

  • Reply Pan-Cake February 21, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    I could not do that.

  • Reply Quan Le Minh February 22, 2019 at 3:25 am

    5 days of fasting :V

  • Reply ashlie kwon February 22, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Here in the Philippines we always take shower every morning

  • Reply bibi aumeer February 23, 2019 at 10:26 am

    why dont you do a challenge on being vegan

  • Reply Morgan DeMasellis February 24, 2019 at 2:42 am

    5 days of no sugar or 5 days going vegan.🥑🥦🥒🍏🍌🍉

  • Reply Mallory Tijerina February 24, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Five days of zero waste

  • Reply Stella Hella February 26, 2019 at 2:10 am

    I just have one question for this whole video🧐who was recording her in the shower?

  • Reply Serenity Johnson March 7, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I hate cold showers

  • Reply Hailey B March 10, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    5 days of glasses NO lenses

  • Reply ay oub March 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    5 days without phone and internet . U ll fell ur childhood again and clear ur mind

  • Reply Iris N March 12, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Apparently washing your hair with cold water closes your hair cuticles and it stops you from getting split ends or whatever 😂 don’t know if that’s true tho

  • Reply Daisy Flipsss March 12, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Lucie: 👁 👁

  • Reply Riverdale Riverdale March 13, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Can you do 5 days of crazy hairstyles with crazy outfits

  • Reply Isabella Sims March 15, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    5 days only cooking at home

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    5 day vegan 🌱

  • Reply Emily Jones March 17, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Why does Lucie's face sort of make me think of the uncanny valley?

  • Reply Mike, Kami, Gabi & Gracie Miller March 18, 2019 at 4:20 am

    When I took a cold shower and put my head in the water, it felt like the worst brain freeze every times 10. Did this happen to anyone else?

  • Reply Sky Tan March 19, 2019 at 2:24 am

    just sayin but I take a bath with cold showers every day

  • Reply Big D 63 April 1, 2019 at 9:56 am

    5 days of top less

  • Reply Sophia Asaro April 3, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I think you should do 5 days of only wearing onzis!

  • Reply richau April 6, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    how tha hell didd this end up in my feed, i mean i know i suppose to take cold showers but i dont

  • Reply brittany leigh April 13, 2019 at 5:18 am

    she didn't say to use less shampoo and no product. she said don't use more shampoo to make up for the lather. and to use less product.

  • Reply JenCuriousChild April 15, 2019 at 1:37 am

    I love cold showers, but I have curly hair…so I need cold showers!

  • Reply Fabrizio Zbruh April 16, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    You forgot your hair 🙄

  • Reply Ebony The Poodle April 17, 2019 at 9:30 am

    they ran out of decent ideas so now they are just winging it

  • Reply American Girl Studios April 17, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    5 days of going old school

  • Reply Ohso_loso April 20, 2019 at 2:06 am

    I'm on day 5 myself felt good usually after 2 minutes the water feels tolerable until you turn around lol but my arms aren't dry and ashy which usually happened with a hot shower don't know about weight gotta find my scale but you are generally in a good mood and feel energetic and alert

  • Reply Joker games April 20, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Is bad I got used to in a week and I just say what ever and still shower with out shivering also it does help my hair got more lushes and my skin feel nice and soft after

  • Reply Sofie Dugan April 21, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    The next one will be 5 days of Ayurveda

  • Reply Jocelyn Kazemnia April 23, 2019 at 2:35 am

    i take a warm shower than before i get out rinse with cold water

  • Reply mina glam April 23, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Five days of staying in your house🖤🖤❤❤

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  • Reply Joel Gomes April 27, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    I start by taking a warm shower for cleaning than for my hair at the end of the shower I rinse with cold water it wakes me up

  • Reply Mia Vlooggzz May 3, 2019 at 2:58 am

    5 days of a full face of makeup!

  • Reply Sophie McCormick May 5, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Can I do all pulling with sunflower oil or olive oil

  • Reply Taco Thandi May 11, 2019 at 12:56 am

    5 days without technology

  • Reply Zesty Cantaloupe May 15, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    I’m doing the 30 day cold water challenge right now! It’s honestly not that bad. My hair and skin has improved SO much since I started. I totally recommend it!

  • Reply oukhoya chaima May 21, 2019 at 3:59 am

    5 days of study harrrrrd 😂😂

  • Reply Syrinity James May 24, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Biiiiiiiish I love cold showers but living for three years with inly that im fucked. My back and muscles out here's fuckedddddddddd

  • Reply iggy June 10, 2019 at 12:45 am

    I’m trying them because I just dyed my hair bright purple and really don’t want it to fade

  • Reply Willow Greenwood June 18, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Your hair was up the entire time and dry when you came out of the shower

  • Reply Real Person June 23, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    5 days of doing different celebrities skin care routines!!! Ex)Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Miranda Kerr etc etc

  • Reply Nowfel Sawda July 8, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    I take ice cold showers everyday

  • Reply Ayee its Laurel July 25, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    5 days of being vegan

  • Reply TiffanyMarie September 2, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Do 5 days of water fasting please.

  • Reply Maia S September 16, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    I feel like anyone who doesnt try this for more than 4 days cant rly say whether they love or hate cold showers…

  • Reply Maia S September 16, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    I feel like anyone who doesnt try this for more than 4 days cant rly say whether they love or hate cold showers…

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