Dispelling the Myths: Are Saunas Good Or Bad For Your Skin?
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It’s time to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about saunas and skin health. While you might think initially that putting the body under heat-induced stress may produce negative results, the reality for your skin is quite the opposite.
Is A Sauna Good For Your Skin?
Saunas have been proven extremely beneficial to the health of skin, particularly infrared saunas due to the way in which the body transforms infrared light into an enzyme beneath the skin. This reaction provides the body with chemicals and energy to both regenerate and invigorate skin cells. Steam rooms or traditional saunas are not able to create this reaction, which is why infrared saunas are more beneficial when it comes to skin health.
Dr Raleigh Duncan explains that “as red or near infrared light comes into the mitochondrion of the cell and converts that into ATP, or energy… this the currency of the cell.” Duncan continues to explain that “it’s kind of like a fountain of youth turning light into energy. As we age, the problems that we come up with is that our cells are not as vibrant, and they don’t have the energy. By giving them the injection of more ATP, it’s like a fountain of youth.”
In simplistic terms, infrared saunas are extremely good for your skin due to the fact that infrared light penetrates underneath the skin, and the subsequent reaction in your body produces all types of goodness for your skin cells and their ability to regenerate.
Are Saunas Good For Face Skin?
The health benefits of infrared saunas have been clearly established, and scientific evidence shows a clear correlation with the stimulation of mitochondrion - the body’s generator of chemical reactions - and the production of enzymes that are beneficial to human skin. This extends to facial skin, which benefits from the production of chemicals that provide it with that aforementioned “fountain of youth” of subdermal chemistry, stimulates skin cell regeneration and improves the appearance of your skin.
What Are The Benefits Of Saunas For Skin?
Aside from the stimulation of skin growth and regenerating cells, saunas help your skin when it comes to improving your circulation, cardiovascular health - which carries blood and nutrients to the skin’s tissues - as well as reducing the appearance of cellulite. For more information on the health benefits of our infrared saunas, please click here.
How Many Times A Week Should You Sit In A Sauna?
So long as you’re feeling well, and you’re hydrated before stepping in, you can sit in a sauna every day of the week. It’s recommended that you start your sessions in 20-minute intervals, and gradually increase the length of your time inside the sauna, and adjust your schedule tailored to your age and health. Clearlight would like to remind you, however, to consult with a health professional if you’re concerned about using a sauna.
Does A Sauna Age Your Skin?
There is no peer-reviewed evidence to suggest that infrared saunas age your skin. There is, however, that body of evidence stating the opposite that we’ve mentioned already. While a traditional sauna or steam room may well put the skin under some trauma, infrared saunas have been proven beneficial when it comes to skin health, and the appearance of skin.
Infrared saunas counteract the aging process, not accelerate it.
What Do You Put On Your Skin In A Sauna?
Infrared saunas work in a different way to traditional dry saunas and steam rooms, meaning they don’t take the same toll on your skin and require you to moisturise to the same extent. Of course, moisturising before and after your infrared sauna session can help with any potential skin irritation and provide nutrients to your skin.
Due to the unique nature of infrared light, and the body’s responsiveness to infrared stimulation of cells, our saunas have been proven extremely beneficial when it comes to the health of your skin. If you’re interested in fighting the ageing process, get in contact with us to find out more about our range of products.