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Which Way Should You Face While Showering?

Updated: Oct 16


The back of a naked woman who is lathering her hair in the bathroom while facing the running shower
Have you thought about which way you face while showering?

You wake up and enter your bathroom in the morning, ready to take a shower and start your day right. But just pause for a second. Which way are you facing? Do you shower facing the shower head? Or do you have your back to the shower?


Most people around the world don't really think about the way one should stand in the shower (and a lot of them don't even shower properly!). But every so often, a debate regarding this topic pops up on social media websites like Reddit, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. People have polls, express their strong opinions, and rush to the comments section to berate those who don't agree with their shower habits.


Clearly, whether or not to face the shower is one of those light-hearted, entertaining topics that routinely leave the internet divided.


But, what is the right answer? Is there a particular way to stand while showering? Does position matter when it comes to a shower routine? Is there a 'normal' way to shower?


Let's find out!


Which Is the Right Way to Face While Showering?


So, which way are you supposed to face while showering?


Unfortunately, there's no easy answer to this question. Some people find that they can evenly soap and rinse their body by facing the water, while others find it easier to avoid getting soap in their eyes by facing away from the shower.


A poll by Glamour in 2010 discovered that 64% of people keep their backs to the shower, 21% of people face the shower, and 15% switch between the two positions. You can still take the poll and see the results for yourself!


If you're still not sure which way to face while showering, try both methods and see which one works better for you. There's no right or wrong answer, so go with whatever feels more comfortable. You can always switch between both positions, taking a turn whenever you feel like doing so.


However, we can take a look at the pros and cons of the two ways of standing in the shower.


Facing the Shower

The back profile of a naked woman washing her hair while facing the shower
Some people prefer to face the shower. What about you?

One pro of facing the shower is that you can evenly soap and rinse your body. This is especially helpful if you have long hair, as you can avoid getting shampoo in your face by rinsing it out using a backwards motion.


Another benefit of facing the shower is that you can save water. When you face the shower, the water evenly hits your body and doesn't run off to the side. This means that you can use less water overall, which is great for both the environment and your water bill. Plus, you can see how much water you are using, which will make you want to use less.


(If you're interested in using less water during showers, check out navy showers!)


A con of facing the shower is that you might get soap in your eyes. This can be avoided by using a shower gel or body wash instead of bar soap, which is less likely to run.


Another disadvantage is that the stream of water directly on your face might feel too aggressive. Plus, if you're using hot or cold water, the water might feel too abrasive on your face.


Having Your Back to the Shower

A woman stands with her back to the shower as a stream of water falls on her head
Some people prefer to stand with their backs to the shower. What about you?

If you have your back to the shower, you can avoid getting soap on your face. This is particularly helpful if you have sensitive skin or eyes. Facing away from the shower head also allows you to evenly rinse your hair without having to tilt your head back.


However, one downside of having your back to the shower is that it can be more difficult to evenly soap your body. You might have to move around a bit to make sure you are properly soaping up and rinsing, which can be challenging if you have limited mobility.


Additionally, you won't be able to see the water that you are using to clean yourself. This might end up in you wasting more water. Moreover, you won't be able to see the condition of your shower head and whether the running water has any visibly odd contaminants in it.


A Luxurious Showering Experience with StoneStream Always, No Matter Which Way!

StoneStream EcoPower shower in rainfall setting seen in a bathroom
It doesn't matter how you stand, you'll always have a great shower with the StoneStream EcoPower

No matter which way you face in the shower, StoneStream shower heads are guaranteed to elevate your showering experience.


Our eco-friendly shower heads increase the water flow velocity by 200%, and also use less water than traditional shower heads. (Side note: Here's a useful article that explores some ways to save water in the shower).


But that's not all. StoneStream shower heads also have a unique filtration system — comprising of either mineral (germanium) stones or a polypropylene mesh — that removes impurities from and softens water, leaving you with clean water that feels amazing on your skin and hair.


So, face the shower or have your back to it, the choice is yours! You can switch between StoneStream's three spa-like settings — rainfall, jetting, and massage — to make the most of your shower.


Facing away from the shower? Use the massage setting on the StoneStream shower head to relax your back muscles. Facing the shower? Use the rainfall setting to experience the gentleness of soft, rain-like water on your face.


With a StoneStream shower head, you can enjoy a luxurious shower no matter how you stand during shower time. Plus, we have some of the best shower accessories on the market, so head over to our website to check out some fantastic bathroom essentials! From replacement filters to non-slip shower mats, we have it all.


Meanwhile, go ask your friends and family how they stand in the shower to ignite a fun debate. Get ready to hear some interesting stories, encounter some weird theories, and be shocked!



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