15 Jun Are Infrared Saunas Really the Secret to Glowing Skin?
Naturally glowing, radiant skin…we all desire it, right?! I am often asked: “Jen, can infrared sauna therapy help improve my skin?” Specifically, fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, skin tone, acne, psoriasis, eczemas, softness, smoothness, elasticity, firmness, toning, tightening, and let us not forget, the dreading cellulite… just to name a few. My answer: ABSOLUTELY!
First, if you’re wondering how an infrared sauna differs from a traditional style or steam rooms, let me paint a quick picture: you put on a plush robe, sit your naked-under-the-plush-robe body down, and just stay there… surrounded in heavy, humid steam. You’re literally paying to sit in humidity. Yikes. And, while all that steaming, and sweating, has a detoxing effect on the body, you might not be getting the most out of your experience—UNLESS it’s an infrared sauna.
Here’s how it works: Our skin is our largest, most visible organ and is considered an indicator of our general health. Many skin conditions have been shown to dramatically improve with the regular use of infrared sauna therapy because of it’s deep, detoxifying sweat. The treatment employs FIR infrared heat, a band of radiant energy that has long been used in Japan (known as “Waon therapy”) and shown to help improve cardiovascular conditions. Unlike tanning booths and UV rays, which heat our bodies from the outside in, FIR infrared warms our bodies from the inside—where our muscles and fat are stored—so it doesn’t burn our skin or damage DNA.
Infrared can penetrate human tissue up to 2 inches and safely raise core body temperature 2-3 degrees. Heating our bodies from the inside can trigger a number of responses that come with promising health benefits. For one, FIR infrared heat allows our bodies to flush stored fat toxins—such as traces of dirt, makeup, pollution, metals, nicotine, and alcohol—more rapidly. Of course, our skin and liver are equipped to detox on their own, but accelerating the process can help provide clearer, more radiant skin faster.
Infrared-induced, fat based sweat sessions can also cause the heart rate to quicken, stimulating better oxygen flow. They elevate the heart rate similarly to cardio exercise so it’s a wonderful option for people who are unable to get their heart rate up with activity.
Sauna therapy can also help regulate sleep and stimulate blood circulation, which in turn boosts collagen production. Also note, expect to burn off between 200-600 calories depending on your weight, fitness level, and how long you stay in. Don’t expect these sessions to replace your workouts—muscles need toning, after all. But in addition to the health benefits, infrared heat just feels good.
In short, forego expensive cosmetic treatments that may have limited effects or questionable long-term safety. Instead, rejuvenate your skin and bask in the warmth while you safely soak in the healing.
For more info and schedule a session call us at 608-630-4039. Thinking of purchasing an in-home sauna?