Even during record heat, surprisingly few people go to L.A. cooling centers. Why? One of the reasons is that air-conditioning isn’t a necessity and, if it were, it wouldn’t be nearly as cool. Another, less fun reason, is something called “the air-conditioner is in my face” syndrome. Your AC is not in your face, its presence is often a surprise.
It’s never a surprise that you’re hot. You’ve probably had, at minimum, a hot shower that feels great because it’s a hot shower. How, I wonder, is it possible to be hot without any immediate or obvious sensation of heat? Maybe you’ve had a hot yoga class that felt exactly good in the same way. The good news is that you can always go back to the hot shower.
The cool thing is that you can turn your hot shower into a cool shower by using the science of air-conditioning and heating. Cool showers are everywhere, but nobody has ever called them “cool showers.” It’s possible, though, to take a nice hot shower and make it a surprisingly cool shower.
Hot Showers Can Make You Cool
Let’s start with the science of showering. A hot shower is a lot like cooking. You’re in an energy-consuming state, and you’re trying to give off heat in order to use the energy you’ve invested in this particular state. When you take a hot shower, you’re trying to cool yourself down on an energy-consuming activity.
But you can also get a lot of hot showers on an energy-consuming activity. The best way to do this is to make the shower itself cool.
The best way to make your hot shower cool is to add water while you’re still in it. Cool showers are often said to be the result of a slow,