The subject comes up every now and then in conversation: do you like to take showers or baths? It can be a “Coke vs Pepsi” type of battle. Either you love the shower and hate the bath or vice versa. (The exception are kids, who love baths because it’s like a swimming pool!)
If you are in good voice, you probably love a long, luxurious shower. And if you are someone who gets down to business or is impatient, the shower also is your choice. If you enjoy a long relaxing soak or tend to sore muscles, you probably turn to the bath.
Is one better than the other?
Let’s look at the pros and cons. A shower can be quick, with less water consumption (unless you have a three course song you need to finish). You are in and out in just a few minutes; usually shortly after the water warms up. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average bath uses about 36 gallons of water; whereas the average shower uses about two gallons a minute, with an average shower lasting about 8 minutes.
If you have sensitive skin, a shower (that is lukewarm to warm) may be your best option to keep from drying out your skin from a long soak.
By the way, yes, a long soak tends to dry out your skin! The warmth leeches the moisture right out, possibly causing dry, itchy, flaking skin. Those with psoriasis know this and are advised to avoid long hot baths or showers.
BUT baths can also be soothing. Epsom salts, bath bombs and oatmeal baths can help your skin if you do have issues, but again, the water temperature should be warm, not hot.
Whichever you choose, doctors advise you leave your skin a little moist while applying lotion after you bathe. This extra protection will help your skin from drying out quickly.
Hair: If you need to wash your hair, a shower may be your best bet for convenience alone. It’s pretty difficult to rinse your hair and get all of the soap out while in the bath. You will probably end up showering off the soap and debris after the bath, just to make sure everything is rinsed out well.
If you simply must take a bath, you might consider installing a hand held bath wand in the tub. This allows you to adequately rinse off.
Conclusion: They are both good. Sometimes a long soak does a body good. Sometimes a quick shower gets you going in a short time. You choose!