The sauna is known for its therapeutic benefits. But did you know that saunas are good for your skin too?
Saunas help improve skin health by promoting sweating, which facilitates detoxification of the body and helps release toxins from the pores to help clear acne or blemishes on the face. It also moisturizes the skin and helps in collagen production, which is believed to fight aging and maintain a more youthful appearance.
Saunas help in improving circulation by drawing blood to the surface of the skin and opening up pores in order for toxins and impurities to be expelled from the body through perspiration. This process also locks moisture into your skin, keeping it healthy-looking and glowing.
Regular sauna use relieves skin conditions, such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. It also can help treat other skin problems like acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Sauna is an effective treatment for cellulite reduction too.
Saunas are great stress relievers too, which is also beneficial for acne. Stress can lead to acne breakouts and sauna use helps relieve the anxiety caused by stress naturally without causing acne-triggering side effects of medications or therapies like other acne treatments do.
What is the cleansing effect that sweating can do for you skin?
The acne-causing bacteria on the skin feeds on sebum, or oil secretions from skin pores. The acne develops when this oil clogs the skin pores and doesn’t allow acne to escape from it.
When you perspire, your body releases toxins through sweat. This will help reduce acne breakouts because acne bacteria won’t be able to survive in a clean environment.
The sauna also opens up the skin’s pores, allowing dirt/oil to escape and be pushed through the skin by sweat.
Saunas can also eliminate acne-triggering toxins from the body to keep acne breakouts at bay.
It is recommended to use an acne-safe moisturizer after you take a sauna session because your skin may get dry from sweating. Using acne products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide is also a good acne treatment to use after your sauna session.
What are the anti-aging benefits of using a sauna?
Collagen is the main building block of your skin and saunas promote collagen production. This can help keep your skin looking young, vibrant and glowing.
The skin regenerates itself through collagen. Old skin cells are replaced with new ones every two weeks, but this process is slowed down by stress or pollutants in the environment.
When you are in a sauna, your body releases endorphins which are the feel-good hormones. These hormones trigger the release of collagen, which gives you a healthy glow and more youthful appearance.
Also, saunas are known to help tighten and tone the skin. It also reduces acne scars, stretch marks and sagging skin. Saunas tighten the skin by helping to boost elastin production. Elastin is a key protein that determines how supple or firm your skin is. Saunas also help reduce cellulite because of this same function of elastin production.
Sauna use acts as a great moisturizer for your skin because
It locks the moisture in and provides a temporary barrier to pollutants, helping you achieve that glowing skin. It moisturizes from the inside out because it flushes away the bad toxins that cause dry skin.
Using the sauna is recommended for skin-care routines and should be done 2-3 times a week for 40 minutes each session.
For those who cannot find the time to visit our private sauna suites at Elevated Sauna & Cryotherapy Studio, an infrared sauna can be installed in your home that can be enjoyed daily and at any time