Dive into wellness -Top Five Benefits of Cold Water Swimming

OPEN WATER SWIMMING - Are you ready to embark on a thrilling journey that not only invigorates your body but also uplifts your spirit? Cold water swimming might just be the exhilarating adventure you've been waiting for! Beyond the initial shock of icy water, there's a world of benefits waiting to be explored, from mental wellbeing to fostering a sense of community. so, to answer the question - Is swimming in cold water really good for you? Keep reading!


  1. Boosts Mental Health: Plunging into cold water triggers a rush of endorphins – those natural mood lifters that can turn a dreary day into a joyful one. The invigorating sensation of swimming in cold water stimulates your senses, promoting relaxation, stress reduction, and even improved sleep quality.
  2. Enhances Circulation: The icy temperatures cause your blood vessels to constrict, which prompts your circulatory system to work more efficiently. Over time, this can lead to improved blood circulation, helping to keep your heart healthy and your body energized.
  3. Strengthens Immunity: Cold water exposure has been linked to increased white blood cell production, which supports a stronger immune system. Regular cold water swims might just help you fend off those seasonal colds and infections.
  4. Connects Community: The camaraderie among cold water swimmers is truly remarkable. Whether you're taking a dip in the sea, a lake, or a local lido, you're likely to find a warm and supportive community of like-minded individuals. Sharing the adventure of braving cold waters creates a unique bond that extends beyond the waves.
  5. Boosts Confidence: There's a certain sense of accomplishment that comes with conquering the cold. Each time you take the plunge, you're pushing your boundaries and proving to yourself that you're capable of embracing challenges head-on. This boost in confidence can extend to various areas of your life.

MELLA Cold Water Salve

So, what is MELLA Cold Water Salve? It's a protective salve for cold water swimmers and people who love being in the water.

Something which is often asked is - How long should I swim in cold water? Just jumping in isn't recommended. Between 10 and 15 minutes will be enough to gain all the benefits of cold water immersion. By using a barrier salve such as MELLA Cold Water Salve it will help you feel less cold for longer.

Specially formulated to shield your skin from the elements, this salve creates a barrier while sealing in essential moisture. It's gentle formula is 100% natural and is palm oil free. A blend of shea butter and mango butter with soothing sweet almond oil, it is fagrance free for sensitve skin. 

Use pre-swim to prevent you from feeling too cold and to also protect your skin from chaffing. Use post-swim to seal in all the salty goodness and leave your skin feeling so soft and cared for.

A little goes a long way, here's what one swimmer had to say about it...

Just wanted to say how WONDERFUL the salve is. I use it every time I swim and my skin actually feels warmer as well as moisturised.

Jennifer - Wild Skins, Pittenweem

We have a collection of Cold Water Swimmer inspired gifts and skincare for a treat for yourself or to share with the other open water swimming enthusiasts in your life! 

Visit the Gifts for Cold Water Swimmers section in the MELLA Shop to find out more!