Can you get your vitamin C in the shower? - FOX 13 News

Can you get your vitamin C in the shower?

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TAMPA (FOX 13) - We needed someone sweaty. And we knew just where to go: CrossFit Tampa Bay.

"If you're not sweating, you're not doing CrossFit," said coach Kyle Lighthiser, who owns the gym that specializes in intense multi-faceted workouts.

Lighthiser agreed to complete a workout for us – and then test the Aroma Sense, a $70 showerhead that says it delivers aromatherapy and vitamin C replacement with each shower.

The shiny, silver, handheld unit easily installed in the gym shower. From start to finish, it took mere minutes.

During the installation, Lighthiser discovered the Armona Sense's secret: An orange tube containing citrus gel.

Next, Kyle worked up a sweat and hit the showers.

"No cameras here,” he joked.

When he emerged, he said he was impressed with the notable citrus essence.

"The aroma is definitely nice," he said. "It smells like Tang to me -- the stuff they took to the moon.”

As for vitamin C replacement, Lighthiser was less than convinced.

"It feels like normal water," he said.

Dr. James Spencer, a board certified dermatologist, explained that vitamin C would be a welcome addition to a shower.

"Topical vitamin C is very good for your skin," he said. “It's been clinically proven.”

But Spencer said vitamin C is best applied via serums or creams. He is skeptical that the Aroma Sense -- or any shower for that matter -- could deliver the same medical benefits.

"It is going to be diluted by a lot of water,” he said. “So, you're not really going to get very much on your skin.”

We wondered how long the cartridges, which retail for $20 each, would last.

We installed the Armona Sense in my home bathroom and logged my family's showers for about a month. After 26 showers, in five-minute increments, we figured the tube was a little more than three-quarters empty. At that rate, it would run dry after 34 showers.

Broken down, that's $0.58 per shower.

Lighthiser balked at the ongoing cost.

"Would I buy it?” he asked, pausing. After a few seconds, he responded, “no.”

However, he quickly noted that people who are already digging deep for aromatherapy -- in spas, for example -- might find excellent value in $0.58 per odor-infused shower.

"I've seen people spent a lot more for a lot less relaxation,” he added.


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