A sauna is a small room which is designed to be heated to very high temperatures so as to experience dry or wet heat sessions. This room would also have a well-controlled humid environment. It comes in two types; dry and wet. The dry one has a temperature of about 250°F (121°C) while the wet one is kept at a temperature of 100-115°F (37-46°C). It mainly serves as a relaxation medium that provides with therapeutic as well as recreational benefits.
Benefits for skin
- It promotes detoxification which helps the body to expel toxins and other impurities. It encourages profuse sweating, and this helps purify the blood.
- It keeps the skin hydrated and moisturized which is very essential for a healthy and glowing skin.
- The skin becomes noticeably soft and supple after a shower when a session is over. This is because of the high temperature which increases the blood circulation.
- When the skin perspires it induces the process of healing by opening up the pores and initiating the process of cleansing. Therefore, skin conditions like eczema, acne, etc., can be well-managed by the use of sauna.
- A sauna bath not only relaxes the body, but it also helps lower the stress and fatigue levels of the mind. This in turn improves your skin quality.
- A protein called collagen is responsible for the elasticity of the skin. A sauna bath enhances the collagen reproduction, which discards the dead skin cells and promotes the growth of new, healthy cells.
There are a few risks associated with the use of sauna. Expecting mothers and people with high-blood pressure are not encouraged to use it. Also, people with heart diseases must consult their physician before undergoing a session. This is because they have a risk of fainting from overheating.
The same applies for people who consume excessive alcohol. Elderly people must limit their time in the sauna. It is not advisable to eat before going for a session; however, it is a good practice to drink plenty of water prior a session. Also, if at any time there is an abnormal feeling like dizziness, breathing problems, etc., it is strictly advised that you leave the sauna immediately.
Disclaimer: This BeautiSecrets article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.