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Is it Better to Bath or Shower?

It’s a question that gets asked time and time again – What’s better? A shower or a bath? Well, it depends what angle you’re looking at it from; environmental, hygienically, timewise or dermatologically?  We take a look at the key points to think about in the great baths vs showers debate.



If you’re looking at if from a green perspective, then showers really are in the lead. An eight-minute shower uses roughly around 62 litres of hot water. Compare this with a bath averaging at 80 litres. These findings were widely reported in the UK press.



It probably won’t surprise you, but showers are the clear winners when it comes to the baths or showers debate. Generally, the average time for taking a shower is around 8 minutes. And the average time spent in a bath? 19.5 minutes. So, it could be a good idea to take showers on workday mornings and save luxuriously long baths for evenings and weekends. They can be the perfect way to relax and unwind after a busy day.



Many people believe that having a bath means you’re laying around in water full of your own dirty. If you’re one of them then you’re right, but only partly.

Baths are great for helping you shed dead skin cells as you soak. It’s true that you are sitting in the same water with all your dead skin cells, plus any soap, shampoo and face wash residue you may use. But this can easily be solved with a quick rinse off after your bath.

Showers are great for a daily, full body cleanse, but a good bath really gets your skin clean on a different level. So really, as long as you have a rinse after a bath, both are just as clean.


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Benefits the skin:

Lauren Ploch, spokeswoman for the American Academy of Dermatology says, “While both are great for keeping clean, prolonged lounging in a bath can lead to dry skin.”

For your shower and foam shower, FREZYDERM has specially designed products for those with sensitive, reactive skin. Our Sensitive Kids Shower Bath is ideal for the whole family to use in the shower as it cleans deeply and soothes irritated and inflamed skin.

But if you have atopi-prone skin with eczema then:

A) use some Atoprel Bath Cream during the skin’s recession phase to soothe irritation.

B) when your eczema flares up we suggest put some drops of Atoprel Milky Bath Oil into the tub, but don’t rinse off, instead allowing it to work throughout the day.


The bottom line:

Both showers and baths have their pros and cons. Essentially, each has their time when they are the best option. Baths are ideal for relaxing after a long day, whilst showers are more practical for getting ready for work and other days when time is of the essence. As long as you take the proper aftercare your skin will be clean, healthy and happy after either.