Baths Are Better for Your Mental and Physical Health Than Showering

A new study suggests that swapping a soak for a shower can lower stress and anxiety, relieve muscle pain and even give you a better smile.


Woodblock Prints Illustrate the History and Sensuality of Japanese Baths

An exhibition of ukiyo-e woodblock prints depicts the evolution of Japanese bathing culture, even the dirty parts.


Are Baths Really More Gross Than Showers?

Let's find out just how much filth you're sitting in.


How Bad Are 45-Minute Hot Showers For My Skin?

We won't even go into what you're doing to the earth.


I Skipped Showering for Two Weeks and Bathed in Bacteria Instead

Are live bacteria treatments the future of skincare?


Men Are Definitely Dirtier than Women, According to Science

You may have intuited that boys are really gross, but scientists have confirmed it.


Photographing the Crumbling Remains of Romania's Fading Spa Town

For centuries, Băile Herculane was the place to bathe. Now it's a dying town.


The Chemist Who Hasn't Showered in 12 Years Explains Why He Doesn't Stink

David Whitlock developed a spray that preserves the good bacteria on the skin.


Deep in the Woods

We moved Sunday to Monday because Sunday turned out to be the day for uninvited visitors. When we tried to keep Sunday as a day of rest, for pastimes such as reading, writing letters, exploring, or the complex routines of bathing, we found ourselves...