Baths v. Showers
The great debate: to take a shower or a bath. There are folks that feel strongly in both camps. There are some shower advocates that proclaim that baths are for gross people and then there are some bath aficionados that only feel clean when they properly bathe.
My best friend went through a bath phase at one point during our twenties. She had a ritual and stuck to it which always caused her to be late for our outings due to her "soaking" process. She championed the process deeply and vigorously and had every product known to man. In fact, she would refuse to sign a lease on a new apartment unless it had a "proper garden tub" (her terms, not mine!). I think she's over it now, but I could be wrong. It was during this phase that I began to think about this bath v. shower thing.
Over the years I've engaged in hilarious debates about which is better and the pros and cons of each. The pros usually center around relaxation and the feeling of overall cleanliness with the water being able to occupy all oft-ignored crevasses. The cons usually center around wasting water, wasting time filling the tub, or dirty water. A close friend once scared me away from baths for a year when she posed this rhetorical question: what happens once you scrub your body and all the dirt now floats around that "soothing bathwater"? It gave me enough of a jolt that I showered exclusively for 12 straight months. I'm speaking in jest, but if you give it some thought, it makes sense - what DO you do when you finish scrubbing?
So what do I do, you ask? I'm generally a shower girl. I do use the tub, however, if 1) I'm in Las Vegas (they are heavenly); 2) I need to cry (it's way more poetic); or 3) I'm feeling really "Oprah" about life and want to sip wine and read books and embrace my fabulosity with candles and jazz and all that.
I will confess here: when I do take a bath, I definitely shower first and then use the tub only for relaxation purposes. I realize it's a complete waste of water, but that visual of sitting in my own...ahem...filth is something that I just can't shake!
So where do you land on the spectrum? Any bath-time rituals that are PG enough to share?
Photo Credit: Chloe Ting