What to Wear in a Home Sauna?
It’s common knowledge that time spent in a sauna will heat up your body, relax your muscles and work up a sweat. But what to wear in a home sauna? Is it mandatory to be completely naked? Is it okay to wear a bathing suit? What are the other dos and don’ts when it comes to sauna dress wear? There are many different opinions on home sauna dress etiquette, so we’ve compiled a list of different options to consider the next time you’re looking to get your sweat on.
A Felt or Wool Hat
Initially, it may seem counterintuitive to wear a wool or felt hat in an enclosed space with temperatures reaching as high as 100 degrees Celsius. But residents of countries such as Finland and Estonia, with a long tradition of sauna use, often keep a collection of felt hats near the sauna door. The fact is that an unprotected head will cause your body to heat up much faster than if you’re wearing a hat. This means that by wearing a hat you’ll be able to stay in the sauna longer and be better able to reap the benefits of the heat. A hat will also protect your hair and prevent it from becoming dry or brittle.
Nothing at All
The traditional way to spend time in a sauna is absolutely naked. You’ll also want to remove any metal jewellry which can become burning hot after time. Allowing your entire body to be exposed to the heat will promote an even sweat and give you the most effective and comfortable experience. That said, it‘s considered polite to sit on a towel to protect the bench and many sauna users will also bring a hand towel to wipe away sweat.
Your Bathing Suit
If appearing in a sauna naked is a little too much for you, wearing a bathing suit is entirely acceptable. That said, it’s still polite to have a towel to sit on as well. If possible, choose a bathing suit made of natural fibres. Beware of materials or dyes that can be affected by high heat. The less material you wear, however, the more comfortable you will be. If need be, a cotton T-shirt or a large body wrap can also be worn.
What Not to Wear
As previously mentioned, leave any jewellery outside the sauna or you may end up burning yourself. Shoes are absolutely unnecessary and even swim shoes are typically frowned upon. If you’re using a sauna for weight loss purposes understand that wearing a sweatsuit actually inhibits the sweating that’s responsible for shedding weight. You’ll be much more likely to sweat off the pounds when you’re wearing less clothing.
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