6 Safety Tips For The Sauna Lover

Sweating is good for you, you know that. It’s a great way to effectively eliminate toxins from your body, leaving behind a healthy glow. Exercise, obviously, is a great way to sweat it out, but the sauna and steam combination can deliver similar results, too. What’s more, all you have to do is sit it out!

While the sauna gives out dry heat, the steam room has heat along with 100 percent humidity. Both these treatments open up your pores, loosen dirt and clean out the outer layer of the skin. But if you’re not careful with the way you use these treatments, that pink blush on your cheeks when you step out may soon turn to dark burns.

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1) Hydrate
Essentially, the toxins eliminated from the body are in the form of water. Although the heat from the sauna cleanses and purifies your body, it can also lead to dehydration. Drink about a bottle of water before stepping in to the room and a bottle after you step out.

2) Shower

Hydrate with shower

Take a shower before and after you use the sauna, and even between the steam and the sauna. This helps to clear out any dirt that may have accumulated on the outer layer of the skin before you step in to the room and to remove any residual dirt that may have been left behind after you step out. After you take a shower, dry yourself well to avoid bacterial infections.

3) Nourish

Oil nourish

Your skin may feel baby soft after the treatment, but it is as sensitive and raw. To retain softness and prevent damage to facial tissues and pores, rub some cold-pressed olive oil or coconut oil on your body to let it absorb the nutrients. You can also use smooth body lotions like these. Your pores will still be open, so avoid using rough loofahs or towels immediately after.

4) Time Yourself
Both steam and sauna treatments lead to a temporary reduction in blood pressure, so get out if it feel likes too much. Ideally, 15-20 minutes should do the trick; any more than that could make you dizzy. You can always step in and out to take cooling breaks.
Tip: The ideal temperature for a sauna is 70-90 degrees Celsius, whereas that for a steam room is about 40 degrees Celsius. Check the temperature before you walk into the room.

5) Pick Your Attire
Remember, it’s not just you who’s sweating it out in a public sauna. Everybody else is, too. Although the sauna is meant to be experienced naked, wrap a thin towel around your body and your head to maintain hygiene. You can also oil your hair if you prefer not to cover it. In both public and private rooms, lay down clean towels to sit on.

6) Are You Healthy?
It’s a simple but important rule: if you’re unwell, don’t use the sauna. Pregnant women, people with blood pressure problems and those with open wounds must avoid these treatments at all costs.

Resting both before and after these treatments is ideal. A relaxing swim before the sauna and a few minutes in the Jacuzzi after that makes for an enjoyable Sunday health session!

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