An Asian man relaxing in the bathtub.

Are you someone who likes to take a bath or shower? Both are parts of a healthy hygiene routine, but some bros might argue that there’s no difference. To make it a little less confusing, we listed down the benefits of each one, so you can decide which method is better for you. At the end of this article, you can decide whether you belong to Team Bath or Team Shower!

Bathing Pros for the Bros

Baths are great for soothing and relaxing your muscles.

In a 2018 journal published by a group of Japanese doctors entitled Physical and Mental Effects of Bathing, participants who took baths in warm water every day experienced less fatigue, stress, and depression. Certain types of baths also deliver ingredients and several benefits to your body. Oatmeal baths help alleviate symptoms of eczema and psoriasis by soothing redness and inflammation of the skin. Warm baths with water over your chest can aid in fighting a cold or flu by relieving congestion, breaking a fever, and relaxing sore muscles.

Meanwhile, aromatherapy baths calm the mind and soothe tired muscles. The next time you take a bath, try adding a few drops of lavender and eucalyptus essential oils to help you unwind after a hectic day at work. If your wife or girlfriend has a bottle of Dove Relaxing Lavender Body Wash, reach for it and try using it for yourself!

The Power of a Shower

Showers help stimulate blood flow, making your hair and skin look much healthier.

Hot showers produce steam and warmth that help release toxins. On the other hand, cold showers help burn fat and boost immunity. A 2016 study on the effects of cold showers by a group of doctors in Amsterdam showed that taking hot-to-cold showers resulted in adults taking fewer sick days over the course of a year. Showers that start at a lukewarm temperature and are gradually adjusted to a colder temperature have been suggested to also stimulate the nervous system, promote endorphins, and help improve symptoms of depression.

Lastly, showers give an active glow to your hair and skin by improving circulation — known as vasoconstriction. It aids in the stimulation of blood flow and improves the way your hair and skin look! The next time you take a shower, give your scalp a deep cleanse to remove dirt, pollution, and residue that get trapped. This way, you’re able to maximize the healthy glow of your hair.

Don’t forget to also shower with a germ-fighting soap like Lifebuoy Mild Care Antibacterial Soap, which is formulated with ActivSilver+, one of nature’s most powerful germ-fighting ingredients, to help get rid of bacteria and viruses and keeps you clean and fresh.

Now that you know the benefits of bathing and showering, your personal hygiene priorities can now determine whether you should take a bath or a shower. If you’re looking to relax and ease fatigue, a bath is a good choice. If you’re in a hurry and want an efficient cleansing, then go for a shower. If you have a shower and a bath at home, why not alternate in using them?