Sauna use for skin care

Why skincare is important

Skin is the largest organ in the human body and it has several functions. Skincare is also important to many because skin health is often linked to how you look and feel about yourself.

Sauna and heat treatment, in particular, also called thermotherapy is backed by science as a great method of looking after your body and mind. In addition to its’ proven health benefits, it also serves as an anti-aging treatment. It has potential as both preventative measures and as a remedy for several skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, and others. In any case, sauna use is a pleasant leisurely activity that could be a worthy investment for a whole host of reasons, skincare being one among many. 

Many celebrities, athletes, and scientists advocate for regular sauna visits naming different reasons, which when combined paint a fairly convincing argument for its'use. 

“I still deal with bone inflammation from my hip injury two years ago. But I keep control of pain with an infrared sauna. A great investment for everyone, I use mine every day. Getting my body ready for the show tonight!”

Lady Gaga

Using Far Infrared Sauna Therapy Stress seems to be popular in our culture today. Many athletes and entertainment stars use it and recommend it. Saunas offer stress relief and other benefits such as helping against heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, lowered immune function, depression, obesity, sleep disorders, increased Alzheimer's, and premature death, just to name a few.  Sauna helps with skincare too. There are a bunch of reasons why infrared sauna is a great way to look after your skin.

Our skin protects us against disease, injury, and holds our bones, joints, and tendons together. As our body ages, our skin and the whole top layer start to malfunction. We stress, we get rashes and skin is the first thing that people see in us. Our health and age are displayed right there on the surface, so naturally, people care about skincare. Continuous disruption of nutrient and water supply to the skin leads to its aging prematurely. Looking after your skin is a sure way of looking younger. Sauna helps the skin to look and to feel vibrant and radiant.

The remedy for many skin conditions(which should be combined with a full prescribed treatment) is regular sauna use. There is a whole routine to maximize the benefits of heat therapy. When you get into our infrared saunas the body is surrounded by our technologically advanced heaters.

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Hydrate yourself
  • Wash your skin after sauna use

Furthermore, people often use scrubs in saunas. To push your body to sweat more some people resort to exercise.

Far infrared sauna therapy has been shown to stimulate blood flow towards the skin, therefore bringing nutrients and water to skin cells. Well supplied cells can function better and fight off disease. A far infrared sauna can be a perfect addition to any skincare routine. Enlighten far infrared saunas are the perfect way to chill and preserve inner peace. Heat therapy helps the body to sweat and to expel waste products.


Looking younger and prettier with sauna use

Formation of wrinkles and aging of the skin

The look and feel of your skin, hair, and nails also impact how you feel about yourself, it is partly about beauty and partly about looking younger. 

One of the key markers for looking older is the formation of wrinkles. Wrinkles are formed as skin loses flexibility with age. The lack of flexibility prevents the skin from springing back to its original position. Individuals get wrinkles in the areas that they use the most such as smiling, frowning, and other facial expressions(1).

Some external causes such as the depletion of collagen and elastin fibers in the skin have been attributed to excessive exposure to UV light. 

Dry skin has also been associated with the formation of wrinkles and aging of the skin. Dry skin is linked to excessive alcohol use and smoking. Both of these vices dehydrate the skin, which brings about the acceleration of aging.

So logically speaking, to prevent wrinkles from forming you can just be stone-faced your entire life. That’s not very fun, as social beings we’re very fond of expressing a range of emotions to connect with others. Still, hydrating the skin and nourishing it by supplying it with nutrients and water is advisable. 

We know that to look prettier and younger our skin needs to be supplied with nutrients and water, both of which are carried with the blood. Heat treatments that you get in the sauna drain the blood away from internal organs towards your skin, supplying it with extra water and nutrients. So logically speaking, a good diet, plenty of water and sauna should be a good combination for skin health. In particular good against formations of wrinkles.

Skincare is also important because healthy skin is better able to serve its’ biological purpose. Healthy looking skin also looks pretty. 

What is the skin for anyway?

Skin is a very important organ and is not just about looking good as the skin has several functions.
  • Protection - skin barrier protects against cuts, bruising, and against cold, heat, and the sun, against infection and disease. Healthier skin can defend your body better. 
  • Sensing - skin is the primary organ for the sense of touch. Healthier skin is better at sensing.
  • Metabolic regulation - skin is the primary producer of vitamin D which is an integral part of a healthy organism. With age body and skin in particular becomes less capable of necessary vitamin D production.
  • Secretion and absorption you excrete water, salts, and urea through your skin in the form of sweat.
  • Temperature regulation - responding to the external environment and adjusting accordingly. 
Your skin is also home to some of your glands, your hair, and your nails. Healthy skin reflects positively on the look and feel of your hair and nails. They are all parts of your integumentary system and it deserves to be looked after.

Benefits of thermal stress

The key feature of an infra-red sauna, besides the pleasant wooden interior and perhaps the company to enjoy the sauna with, is the heat. Saunas work because they induce thermal stress on the body.

The nervous system responds according to the signals it receives. For example when it is cold then we begin to shiver, our hair follicles rise. Blood vessels that would otherwise transport warm blood from the internal organs to the cold skin, where the blood would lose heat, constrict, constraining most blood, and its heat, to the internal organs.

In response to heat, the body increases its production of heat shock proteins. Heat shock proteins are also released during exercise and they are associated with cellular health. 

Heat is a therapeutic tool, but in the saunas case, extreme heat can be dangerous if not used in moderation.

How infrared light sauna helps against skin conditions

The heat experienced in saunas, such as infrared triggers your body to change how it is operating. It is primarily through thermoregulation that you get all the benefits to physical and mental health, including skincare. 

One of the best things you can do for your skin is to allow it to breathe and to perspire. As long as you stay hydrated and wash your skin afterward you should get most of the benefits from sauna use. 

Through perspiration or sweat, you excrete water, salt, and urea which are byproducts of your organism.

The better you can remove those byproducts the healthier you are.

How sauna helps against acne

Acne, in short, is a result of clogged pores, hair follicles in your skin. Depending on how deep the blockage goes you get whiteheads or blackheads. It is very common, especially in teens and young adults, but it can occur at any time in your life. It is treatable and preventable in many cases, but since it is a dermatological issue - seek professional advice from your physician. What helps is staying positive, exercising, and washing your skin but not overzealously (2).

To prevent acne your body needs to unclog it’s hair follicles for the sebum produced by the sebaceous glands to reach the surface of your skin.

Through sweating and cleaning up afterward your skin empties the pores and allows sebum to fulfill its purpose. 

How sauna helps against psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

Psoriasis is a fairly common condition where the skin is over actively replicating leading to sore and itchy patches of skin to appear. It is closely linked to inflammation, as it often coincides with breakouts of psoriatic arthritis.

A sauna works by decreasing inflammation throughout the body and therefore helps against psoriasis on all fronts. The anti-inflammatory effect of sauna use and heat, in particular, makes saunas a good addition to full medical treatment. 

Persons who used sauna reported increased mobility and less pain. Similar to the effect sauna use has on acne, more blood flow to the skin means healthier cells.

How healthy is the population’s skin and how saunas can help

In general, the population is struggling with skin health. These are numbers from the American Academy of Dermatology (1):


Acne is a treatable skin condition that appears as pimples, spots, whiteheads, and blackheads on the surface of the skin when hair follicles become clogged.
Acne affects 85% of the population between the ages of 12 and 24 but can occur even in the 40s. Acne causes discomfort, lowering self-esteem, and negatively affects a person's self-image.

Up to 50 million Americans suffer from acne annually
May occur in 15% of adult women

Sauna use has been noted as a prevention method and as a treatment for this condition

Atopic dermatitis (eczema)

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis is a condition that makes your skin appear dry and itchy. It is a long-lasting condition that happens in waves and usually begins at a young age. It is a chronic condition that can reappear.

1 in 10 Americans experience eczema in their lifetime
It affects up to 25% of children and up to 3% of adults
90% of sufferers develop it in the first 5 years of life

Sauna could be considered as a treatment for the symptoms of eczema.

Skin cancer

Skin cancer is a serious condition that is the most common type of cancer in the United States. It is a dangerous and sometimes fatal disease that should be a worry to everyone. It appears as a nodule, a lesion, and generally as a disturbance on the surface of the skin. Some of these growths are itchy, others are painful. It is worth checking with a physician if you see a symptom.

9500 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer daily (4)
The majority of diagnosed skin cancers are non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC)
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are the two most common types of NMSC, diagnosed in 73% and 24% respectively
Current estimates of NMSC in the USA are 3.5 million cases in 2010 compared to 1.63 million cases of all other cancers combined (3)
Melanoma is affection about 1 million Americans 

Sauna use, in moderation, may help against certain types of cancer. 


Rosacea is a common skin condition that mainly affects the face. The skin reddens and appears as if affected by a rash. It is commonly noticed on the nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead. With time and without treatment the skin becomes ruddy in the affected areas and pimples filled with pus may appear.

Affects 16 million Americans
Appears at any age and only 1.6 million of those affected sought treatment

Sauna has been credited with improving certain symptoms associated with rosacea however, heat itself is not recommended for those suffering from rosacea. Sauna may not be suitable for those affected.


Overall, sauna use and infrared light therapy sauna in particular appear to be a decent way to maintain skin health. As a passive method of skincare that offers benefits besides making your skin appear younger and healthier it is a great option for everyone. Men in particular who rarely display an interest in looking after their skin through product purchases might benefit the most. 

Many people choose to combine sauna use with exercise or to include a sauna in their skincare routine to maximize the benefits.

With very few drawbacks and a whole host of benefits, sauna use could be regarded as almost entirely beneficial as far as skin treatments go.

If you have a skin condition, or any condition that might put you in danger please consult your physician for further advise


1. Formation of wrinkles. Medical news today

2. NHS publication on Acne

American Academy of Dermatology

4. An estimation of the prevalence of nonmelanoma skin cancer in the U.S. 
Eshini Perera and Rodney Sinclair. F1000 Research