Your skin is the largest organ in your body. In fact, it makes up about 16 percent of your overall body mass.
Our skin is a powerhouse and works hard to keep us healthy against harmful bacteria. But as resilient as skin is, it still needs attention and care too. When it comes to skin health, there are an endless number of skin care products and routines out there. But if you’re like us and take your health seriously, the cleanest and most natural route always wins — like spending time in the sauna.
For centuries — dating back all the way to the Finnish culture — saunas have offered relaxation and rejuvenation for the whole body. Even though they have a much different look now, saunas still remain a staple of modern beauty regimens for many who have received amazing benefits for their skin.
So, if you’re looking for a way to give your skin a natural boost, and enjoy some added benefits, we’ve got a few helpful tips for you.
Why Time in the Sauna is Great for Skin Health
Collagen — the protein in our skin responsible for elasticity — gets a healthy kick when you spend time in a sauna. The hot air combined with moisture enhances collagen production to help rejuvenate your complexion. The heat increase also allows your skin to shed dead skin cells and make way for new, healthier ones.
The cleansing effect
It’s no secret that saunas make you sweat. A lot.
Sweating is highly cleansing for your pores and glands, because it flushes out any toxins or impurities you may have living in your body. After a session at the sauna, you’ll find that your skin feels and looks healthier and is less prone to acne, blackheads, and other pesky skin blemishes.
Find your glow
The high temperatures from the sauna work wonders on your skin. One of the benefits you’ll experience is increased circulation, meaning more nutrients are able to be delivered to your skin. With more blood flow, you’ll see your skin glow with a rosier, healthier complexion.
Cool Down for Healthy Skin
Dip in the Sauna House cold plunge
If you’re feeling brave and want an invigorating experience for your skin, take a dip in the cold plunge. Immersing yourself in the cold plunge after the sauna creates a circulatory boost, which can be highly rejuvenating for your skin and entire body.
Take a cold shower
Making yourself take a cold shower takes some personal encouragement, but it’s a great, natural way to keep your skin healthy! Refresh your skin and improve your circulation with a cold shower. You’ll be glad you did.
Natural Products to Use for Skin Health
Sauna Essential Oil Therapy
When it comes to spending time in the sauna, essential oils are a must. They are anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, soothing to the skin... and smell amazing!
If you suffer from dry skin, sauna essential oils could be the nourishing relief you need. Lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood are all known to reduce inflammation and moisturize the skin.
Of course, there’s plenty more to choose from depending on what your skin needs. Next time you visit the sauna, apply your essential oil of choice and enjoy the soothing benefits they provide to your skin.
This is another great option to enhance your skin’s health. Between sessions in the sauna, apply a natural face mask to your moisturized, clean face to increase the cleansing effect.
Choosing the Right Sauna Experience for You
The most traditional sauna comes from a wood burning stove. These structures are made of wood and feel and look a lot like small cabins. You can drive the temperature to upwards of 200 degrees, which is extremely hot. We recommend sitting in a traditional sauna that’s set between 180 and 190 degrees.
At Sauna House, our cedar sauna is dry and stays around 192 degrees.
Another type of sauna experience you may prefer is one that contains heated stones. Water is poured over the stones to add humidity and moisture to the room.
Our aspen wood wet sauna is set to 180 degrees which we then allow water to be added to the rocks for increased moisture.
Infrared sauna rooms run at a much lower temperature than traditional saunas. They work by heating the body through near and far infrared wavelengths. The body’s core temperature increases from the inside out and doesn’t rely on high external temperatures — like other types of saunas — to induce sweating. Some people choose the infrared sauna experience, because they enjoy the lower temperature and longer exposure time.
Ready for Your Sauna Session?
Whether you have skin issues you want to treat naturally, or you just want to give your skin a healthy boost, we invite you to come visit us for a sauna session! If you have any further questions on what experience might be right for you, feel free to reach out to us.