Summer is almost here and the temps are rising! The temps are rising as Summer quickly approaches, with cities already experiencing temps in the 90s and it’s only May! We get asked often if going to the sauna during the summer is safe, effective and if the benefits are still the same. In this article we will answer those questions.
It can seem almost silly to keep going to an infrared sauna to get a good sweat in when simply walking to your car seems to do that already. But the heat the sun is emitting isn’t the same as the full-spectrum heat an infrared sauna provides.
The Sun is Infrared Light. Infrared light is heat, the same as the heat your body gives off. More than half the Sun’s power output is in the form of infrared light, though much of it is absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere.
Since the primary source of infrared radiation is heat or thermal radiation, any object which has a temperature radiates in the infrared. Even objects that we think of as being very cold, such as an ice cube, emit infrared.
Our infrared sauna studios use near, mid, and far-infrared waves which gently heat the body from within. These waves are able to deeply penetrate the skin, muscles, joints, and tissues to improve blood circulation, oxygen flow, and help to detoxify the body by removing impurities at the cellular level where bodies store waste and harmful toxins such as cholesterol and heavy metals. Even adjusting the temperature to a cooler temp you will experience these benefits.
Ultraviolet Light (UV) is a type of electromagnetic radiation that makes black-light posters glow, and is responsible for summer tans — and sunburns. However, too much exposure to UV radiation is damaging to our skin.
Exposure to UV rays can cause premature aging of the skin and signs of sun damage such as wrinkles, leathery skin, liver spots, actinic keratosis, and solar elastosis. UV rays can also cause eye problems. They can cause the cornea (on the front of the eye) to become inflamed or burned.
An infrared sauna uses light colors including red light to create heat. By eliminating the sun’s troublesome, harmful UV rays, infrared saunas provide a safe, restorative sweat that will leave you rejuvenated.
Furthermore, you cannot get sunburn from a sauna because sunburn is caused by UV rays, which infrared saunas do not produce, even though they produce the same infrared radiation as the sun.
The only culprit that will ever cause you sunburn is extensive UV light exposure. Although too much time in an infrared sauna can be harmful (we recommend no more than 40 minutes), it’ll never be the cause of sunburn but could cause dehydration if the sauna goer does not properly hydrate before, during and after their session.
Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you should stop going to the infrared sauna during the summer. The benefits don’t stop just because Summer has arrived. An infrared sauna session can help you lose weight, burn calories, improve your heart and respiratory system, boost your immunity, relax your muscles, improve your sleep and get you heat acclimated for the summer temps. The mental health benefits of infrared sauna help with stress relief, increase in dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine, and an increase in overall mood and sense of wellbeing. Many people who stop using their saunas in warmer months or don’t use them consistently report feeling less well than when they use them more frequently like in the cooler winter months.
Keep your hot wellness routine of going to the infrared sauna in the summer. One, for the physical benefits and two, for the mental health benefits. We still need mental resets. We still need self-care, we still need a good sweat and we still need to take care of our overall well being. Just ensure you are more than hydrated, you allow for a nice and long cool down and even adjusting your room temperature can help you still experience all the benefits of infrared and red light therapy safely in the summer.