We all love the Australian sunny climate.
The beaches, barbies, surfer life, and nationwide sports wouldn’t be the same without it.
It is, however, a double-edged sword.
Our sun is also a source of strong ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and Australia tops the world’s highest rates of melanoma.
So, how can we continue to enjoy the heat from the sun while remaining safe from skin damage?
Thanks to the most advanced infrared technology developments, having a sauna in your home allows you to enjoy some of the benefits of sunlight, such as warmth, relaxation, improved health, and detoxification while avoiding those nasty UVs.
But are these infrared wavelengths safe?
Taking into account that saunas use a type of light that is also present in the sun, this question is reasonable.
So in this article, we’ll explore the safety of infrared saunas, and their benefits.
What Is The Difference Between Infrared Saunas And Direct Sun Light
When the sun emits UV light, it causes sunburn and damages your skin – adding years to your appearance.
Eventually, this slight damage can transform into dark spots, wrinkles, and a host of other unwanted cosmetic issues. Additionally, the effects of harmful rays can go far beyond the surface.
While a sunny day is usually a lovely experience, especially when spent with friends outside, most of us are familiar with the dangers of excessive sunshine.
After years of studies, there is no doubt that extreme heat can be harmful – and even fatal at its worst.
Dangers of harmful sun rays include:
- Damage to skin and eyes
- Weakened immune system
- Premature aging
- Skin cancer
This is not to say that it should be avoided at all costs. Sunlight is amazing at literally and metaphorically brightening up our day, as well as providing necessary Vitamin D.
Having said that, it’s also good to know that, like everything else, it’s all about balance.
The reality is that some sunlight is good. Infrared rays penetrate the skin, dissolving harmful substances and revitalising the body on a cellular level. Yet there are safer ways to claim the enormous benefits from the sun’s infrared radiation, while avoiding Australia’s extreme heat, by opting for a relaxing infrared sauna session, instead.
Are Infrared Saunas Safe?
The short answer is yes.
A high-quality infrared sauna can provide you with all the healing properties of the sun – and you can stay indoors while basking in the benefits.
This is because infrared therapy uses heat that mimics the far infrared wavelengths produced by the sun’s electromagnetism.
As part of the invisible structure of sunlight, these wavelengths penetrate deep below the skin’s surface, warming the body directly.
In fact, 80 percent of the heat produced by an infrared sauna targets the body, with very little energy escaping into the chamber itself. In fact, these saunas are so safe that hospitals even rely on technology to keep newborns warm.
Not only are infrared saunas safe, but their type of heat is a natural part of the body’s healing process.
For instance, have you ever seen a mother rub her baby’s stomach to relieve aches? She’s naturally doing this because the infrared heat emitted from her hand produces strong healing effects.
This gentle heat quickly gets to work in raising core temperature.
And the results are vast, from stimulating our metabolism and lymphatic system to bolstering the strength of our cardiovascular system and immune systems, as well.
There are multiple health benefits to staying indoors and indulging in the soothing effects of an infrared sauna.
Our team talks about these benefits in our video podcast series, “The Sauna Show”. One of our recent episodes discusses how we can protect ourselves on a cellular level, especially in these times during the coronavirus pandemic.
You can also expect the following health and well-being benefits when practicing regular sessions of infrared sauna therapy:
- Enhanced relaxation
- Bolstered immune system
- Elimination of built-up toxins
- Increased metabolism and circulation
- Muscle Pain Relief
- Eased Joint Pain
- Improved Skin Appearance
Between extreme heat and worldwide epidemics, it makes sense that many of us are striving to stay indoors at all costs, these days.
But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the healthiest parts of warmer weather.
With your own high-quality infrared sauna, you can enjoy the powerful healing properties of the full infrared spectrum of light that the sun emits — without the dangerous electromagnetism of its harmful rays.
One of the most important factors is to only invest in infrared sauna brands with proven track records of success.
At Clearlight Saunas we have spent 20 years perfecting the art and science of healing heat.
So you can rest assured that you can experience many of the benefits of sunshine, without the inherent risks from its more dangerous UV light.
If you're interested in an infrared sauna cabin for home, click here to view our range of full-spectrum saunas, far-infrared saunas, and outdoor saunas.