How Saunas Can Help Your Skin

I have a (healthy) obsession with my sauna! And friends are always shocked when I share this, but did you know that using the sauna 4-7 times per week can reduce all-cause mortality by 40%, according to an article published by JAMA Internal Medicine. Although they are seen as a form of relaxation, sauna sessions mimic moderate aerobic cardio, which can have a big impact on your overall health.

In fact–sauna use can lower your risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Stroke, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and more. Not to mention, because of the Heat Shock Proteins, frequent use changes your endorphin system, meaning that you can notice a decrease in anxiety, and a mood lift!

But what about the skin?

Saunas have a dramatic impact on skin's health and appearance, too! Here's why:
Circulation: As we age, maintaining good circulations becomes even more important for your health and vitality. Sauna bathing causes the blood vessels to dilate, which increases blood flow to your skin and other organs. boosts circulation to get blood moving through the body. Better circulation means more oxygen and nutrients to our skin cells, which helps to create glowing, radiant skin.

Increased Collagen Production: Aging slows collagen production, and sauna use can help stimulate collagen production which helps to firm up sagging skin.

Deep Cleaning: Sweating in the sauna opens up your pores, and helps to flush out impurities from your skin. Sauna sessions also help to remove dead skin cells, which  provides a natural exfoliation.  The result is a complexion that looks refreshed and revitalized.

If you don’t have a sauna at home or your gym, you could also try a hot tub or even a warm bath. The impact may not be exactly the same, but as long as you are increasing your core body temperature, you should see positive results.

So let me know–are you a frequent sauna user, too??


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