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What Does a Sauna Do For Your Skin?

People have long known the benefits of sitting in a sauna. They range include relaxing the mind, easing aches in the body, and improve cardiovascular performance. In addition to these benefits, sitting in a sauna can also have many positive effects on your skin. If you sit in saunas regularly or are considering it, keep reading to learn how your skin can benefit from you doing so.

Deep Cleansing

When you take a hot shower or sit in a sauna, the pores in your skin get the chance to open and release dirt and toxins that are held deep within the pores. The toxins are carried out of the body through sweat, the body’s natural mechanism for ridding itself of toxins. You can help your face with a bit of cleansing or exfoliate your face immediately after sitting in a sauna to get all the trapped dirt out of your pores.

Better Circulation

When you sit in a sauna, the high temperatures cause your heart rate to increase. That means more newly oxygenated blood gets circulated to your extremities including your skin. The fresh blood provides skin cells with the oxygen they need to reproduce and causes your skin to glow. This increased circulation can also help increase the rate at which your body dispels toxins from your body.

Reduce Stress

Stress causes many problems all over our body. We can get bloated, not be able to sleep, or even get the shakes. Stress is also terrible for your skin and makes it easier to break out. By sitting in a sauna, you can take the time to unwind and forget about your worries briefly. Sitting in a sauna can also help get your hormones and brain chemicals in check. Destressing lowers cortisol and when cortisol is kept in check, testosterone, estrogen, insulin, and thyroid hormones are all balanced.

The Caveats

With all this being said, you should not exceed 20 minutes in a sauna. Ten minutes is the ideal length of time to sit in a sauna.

While saunas do deep cleanse your pores and improve your circulation, it’s all too easy for your skin to get dried out and for blood to be moved away from vital organs. Before sitting in a sauna, ensure you’re not on any medications that prevent you from sweating. Sitting in a sauna while you have alcohol in your system is also dangerous. Before, during, and after sitting in a sauna, be sure to drink a couple of glasses of water to properly hydrate your body.

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