Saunas have been used for thousands of years for their relaxation and circulation-improving benefits, and many tout their widespread benefits. They’ve been used as a great detoxification method - infrared saunas take it a step further than traditional saunas by heating the body at a cellular level, and hence reach your core where most toxins are stored. The deep penetrating heat triggers the release of toxins through sweat, cleansing the liver and kidneys, and in turn revealing glowing skin. Infrared light multiplies the benefits received during the sauna by utilizing unseen wavelengths of light to stimulate many parts of the body, from the lymphatic system to the cardiac system. Infrared light in particular has anti-aging and collagen stimulating properties, which make it a go-to for gorgeous, glowing skin.
How Infrared Sauna Works
Infrared light itself isn’t actually visible to the human eye; the colored light often seen in the sauna room is instead part of the visible spectrum, and primarily used to create a relaxing or energizing atmosphere, depending on preference. Instead, infrared light is not seen but felt by humans as heat. It is a “cool” heat, meaning it can heat the body internally to stimulate sweating without being uncomfortably hot. This quality of infrared light is what makes it such a great addition in saunas as sweating is beneficial for detoxification of the skin, but the infrared light stimulates greater perspiration than would otherwise be experienced at the actual air temperature of the sauna.
Why Your Skin Can Benefit from an Infrared Treatment
Dirt, grime, and excess sebum (i.e. the oil naturally produced by the body’s pores) collect on the skin throughout the day, especially in areas with lower air quality, such as polluted cities, or during certain professions, such as construction. These particles can clog the body’s pores, resulting in acne and noticeably-clogged pores.
Benefits of Infrared Sauna for Skin
Sweating benefits the skin by clearing the pores and helping your body purge any toxins or excess oil. Infrared can also be beneficial in the treatment of psoriasis and eczema as it can decrease skin inflammation. Infrared is a great alternative to cosmetic treatments such as facials, which can be painful and damage the skin if done improperly. Infrared, unlike steroid, retinol, or antibiotic prescriptions for skin issues, are also non-habit forming and do not thin or damage the skin or liver.
How to Maximize the Benefits of an Infrared Sauna Session
In order to maximize the effects of the infrared-induced perspiration, one should always begin the sauna session with clean and dry skin. Avoid any lotions or creams as they can block pores and prevent excess oil and particles from exiting the skin. Being adequately hydrated before, during, and after a sauna is also important as one needs to be hydrated enough to sweat through the session, as well as make up for lost fluids during and after, and continue the detoxification process after. Toweling off during the sauna will also allow the skin to freely sweat and remove any toxins that have already been sweated out. While one should always start slow with anything new, gradually increasing the temperature of the sauna after a few sessions will increase sweating and therefore maximize benefits, though be sure to stay adequately hydrated and never push yourself too far. On average, one should drink 1-2 liters of water during a one hour session, as well as continuing to hydrate afterwards. Water-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, smoothies, or soups are great ways to increase hydration after a sauna. Learn more about how it works & what to expect here.
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