Showers vs Baths – Which is Best?

Which is healthiest?

Surprisingly both showers and baths both have their own health benefits: Warm baths help moisturise your skin, as long as the water’s not too hot and also are stress-relieving. Warm baths help reduce the feeling of loneliness and anxiety. Showers can also ease anxiety and loneliness. Hot pressure on your back is good for your sore muscles. The steam  showers create is a natural decongestant that helps when you have a cold.

Cold showers have the most health benefits. Like warm showers and baths, they are good for your mood. But they wake you up, stimulate weight loss, don’t dry out our skin or hair, increase the speed of muscle recovery and can also boost immunity. In terms of which is the healthiest, I’d say they both are  pretty much on par.

Which is Safer?

Surely cleaning yourself daily can’t be a health risk? Wrong, showering and bathing are full of opportunities to injure yourself. It is likely that you might slip and fall in the shower since you’re standing and moving around. And what if you’re taking a relaxing bath? You might fall asleep and drown, unlikely but possible. Most of the safety risks of baths are avoidable, while you can’t really help slipping in the shower. So baths are the winner here.

Which is Cleanest?

Think taking a bath means you’re sitting in a tub of your own filth? Correct, however baths are crucial because it’s only through soaking that you shed dead skin cells. But researchers say the best thing to do is: rinse off after your bath, otherwise you’ll be covered in dirt and dead skin sells.

Showers are convenient for quick and everyday cleaning, but are no where near as relaxing as baths. But in terms of which is the cleanest, showers win.

Showers vs Baths – Which is Best?Which Uses Less Water?

The average bathtub holds 50 gallons of water, this means that the average soak uses up about 45 gallons of water. The average showerhead pumps out 2.5 gallons per minute. This means that  a 10-minute shower uses roughly 25 gallons of water. However, if you’re using a low-flow showerhead, it uses only 12.5 gallons instead of 45 gallons. Unless you’re regularly taking 20-minute showers, take showers to save water.

The Best of Both

Of course, choosing between a shower and a bath doesn’t have tto be a choice at all. Why not have the benefits of both? There are many baths that can easily accommodate having a shower placed above them. This means that you can take a quick shower when needed, but also have the bonus of being able to take a well-deserved long soak at the weekend. Ultimately, its down to what suits your personal needs

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