Baths or showers, which is better
Choosing whether to take a quick shower or a hot bath comes down to your personal preferences and the time that you have. While everyone needs to get clean, people have their own opinions about which method is better. Showers and baths each have their pros and cons, which means that one might be a better choice for you than the other. Here is a comparison of baths and showers so that you can see how they compare for different goals.
Showers vs. baths for skin care
Taking a long, hot bath can feel good, but it might not be so great for your skin. Long, steamy baths can be drying for your skin and cause it to flake and itch. If you have a sensitive skin condition such as psoriasis or eczema, long, hot baths can worsen your symptoms. Opting for a shower with lukewarm water can help to avoid drying out your skin or exacerbating sensitive skin conditions.
While baths might not be the best choice for people with sensitive or dry skin, they can offer other benefits. When you add things like Epsom salt, oatmeal blends, and other additives, your bath can be rejuvenating. Some of these products also help to relieve the symptoms of certain skin conditions. If you use additives in your bath, protect against drying out your skin by using water that is only as hot as necessary and applying moisturizer after your bath.
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Convenience of baths vs. showers
Showers are meant to be fast. When you take a shower, you spend your time getting clean so that you can move forward with your day. Baths are generally more leisurely. However, they also can make certain tasks more difficult. For example, shampooing and rinsing all of the soap out of your hair is harder in a bath. When you are finished, you will also need to rinse off your body with clean water so that you won’t have a film of soap coating your skin. If you still prefer baths, upgrading your fixtures and adding a handheld wand can help you to make your baths more convenient. A wand will provide you with the water pressure to get yourself fully clean and to rinse off without having to stand and using your showerhead.
Water consumption and showers vs. baths
Showers use less water than baths for most people. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a regular showerhead uses five gallons of water per minute. If you have an eco-friendly showerhead, it might use two gallons of water per minute. The average bath uses approximately 36 gallons of water. Depending on the length of your shower, you might use significantly less water by opting for a shower instead of a bath.
If you want to conserve more water and reduce your bills, you can also upgrade your fixtures to water-saving models. J.W. Freeman Plumbing can help you to get the most out of your fixtures so that you can save money and conserve water.
Relaxation and baths vs. showers
From time to time, everyone wants to relax and relieve stress. A bath allows you to allow your entire body to relax. You can also use other soothing things to make the experience even more relaxing. A warm bath can help to relax the tension in sore muscles and help them to repair after physical stress. Choosing a bath instead of a shower after a strenuous workout might allow your body to recover.
Contact J.W. Freeman Plumbing
Whether you prefer taking showers or baths, upgrading your fixtures can help to enhance your experience while reducing your water bills. Contact J.W. Freeman Plumbing today in Gainesville, Florida to learn more about shower and bath designs by calling us at (352) 316-3229.