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Vitamin C-Infused Showers: Are They Worth It?

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Along with a $10 million price tag, Leonardo DiCaprio’s new Greenwich Village pad sports some pretty swanky health perks, according to Page Six.

The pub reports that Leo's “WELL Certified” apartment includes “vitamin C-infused showers, purified air and water, a circulated aromatherapy air supply, posture-supportive heat reflexology flooring, and ‘dawn simulation’ provided by a circadian lighting design." [Tweet this news!]

A vitamin C-infused shower? Now, you may be an orange juice fan, or chug the occasional Emergen-C, but should you be showering in the citrus-y vitamin?

“Chemically, vitamin C can reduce the concentration of chlorine found in tap water,” explains Neal Langerman, Ph.D., of the American Chemical Society’s health and safety division. The idea behind this type of shower is that by treating your water with vitamin C, you’ll inhale less chlorine in the form of mist, Langerman says.

But really, chlorine in tap water is tightly regulated and safe to drink, Langerman says. In fact, adding chlorine to tap water has probably been one of the top 10 public health initiatives in the last 200 years, he says. “People get sick from contaminated water, and chlorine cleans up water contaminants,” he explains, adding that he doesn’t know of any research showing that inhaling chlorine in the form of water mist is harmful to your health.

So for nearly everyone, keeping chlorine out of your shower water is pretty pointless, he says. “It’s possible that someone with a severe chemical sensitivity to chlorine could maybe benefit from the removal of chlorine from their shower water,” he says. “But those cases are going to be extremely rare.” (If you’re wondering, common symptoms of a chemical sensitivity include muscle aches, memory problems, and long-term fatigue, shows research from James Madison University.)

If you’re really worried about water contaminants in your shower mist, Langerman says skipping the vitamin-C shower and installing a carbon water filter will remove chlorine as well as a lot of other organic compounds. “But you’d have to make sure the filter’s regularly maintained for it to be effective,” he says. “And again, for most people, I don’t think this is going to offer many benefits.”

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