Far Infrared Sauna
By Peter Zulim |
Improving your skin’s appearance can be counted as one of the many health benefits associated with the regular use of a far infrared (FIR) sauna. Healthy skin is essential to overall health. This is because the skin is the largest eliminatory organ of the body. The skin is sometimes referred to as the “third kidney.” The deep sweating that is produced during a FIR sauna session brings deeply imbedded impurities and dead skin cells to the surface of the skin which make the skin immaculately clean and radiant. Your face will glow after a FIR sauna session from the increased circulation that comes from using a sauna. Many people find that their skin tone and elasticity can improve and skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis can benefit greatly from the use of a FIR sauna.
Even keloid scars can be softened and become less visible. In addition, many women have noticed that cellulite is reduced when they regularly use a FIR sauna.
So why is sweating through the use of a FIR sauna so much more beneficial for the skin than normal sweating such as through exercise or taking a hot bath? The answer lies in the nature of the sweat produced by a FIR sauna. It has been medically proven many times that sweat from a FIR sauna session contains, on average, eight times more toxins than sweat achieved from exercise or traditional sauna use, such as a steam bath or wet sauna. Dr. Toshiko Yamazaki, MD, who owns a far infrared therapy clinic in Japan and wrote The
Science of Far Infrared Therapies, has observed that many patients are cured of chronic acne with regular use of a FIR sauna. Dr. Yamazaki compares humans to bio-accumulators, and as such, they store numerous toxins in the body. Toxins disrupt the body’s natural healing processes. Some of these toxins are trapped in the skin and the fatty tissue just below the skin’s surface, causing acne and other skin problems. Sweating from using a FIR sauna removes these toxins from the skin. This not only makes the skin healthier but also makes the entire body healthier from the reduction in toxins. The healthier you are the healthier your skin will appear.
Your skin will feel wonderfully soft and clean after a sauna session. This is possible even though no water is used in a FIR sauna because the skin will be moisturized from within. It is important to drink plenty of water during and after your sauna session. A healthy, well balanced diet is also important so the body will have the correct balance of minerals and oils to keep the skin soft and moist naturally in conjunction with sauna therapy. The body’s natural oils are drawn from inside the body to the surface of the skin. Dead skin is exfoliated away. Even those with dry skin can benefit from the use of a FIR sauna.
The use of a FIR sauna may aid in removing cellulite. Cellulite is made up of fat, water, and waste that is trapped in pockets underneath the skin in the stomach, pelvic, and thigh areas of the body. Cellulite usually affects only women. Saunaing helps to reduce cellulite because it removes the water and waste which comprise cellulite.
In addition, body fat is reduced because saunaing increases the metabolic process, which in turn burns calories. Studies have shown a 30 minute far infrared sauna session can burn between 200-600 calories. Therefore, along with exercise and a low fat diet the regular use of a FIR sauna can reduce cellulite. You may want to consider adding a massage before your sauna session. This can accelerate the reduction in cellulite. Reno massage therapist Lisa Metzger states that many women can benefit from a massage before a sauna session because it helps breakup the toxins that are trapped in the pockets of fat.
Another advantage of using a FIR sauna is a reduction in the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Those with keloid scars can especially benefit from saunaing. Japanese researchers have also observed that scars fade with regular use of a FIR sauna over time; in some individuals the scars become virtually undetectable. This is because regular use of a FIR sauna softens the skin and allows for increased circulation and blood flow to the scar tissue. The blood brings nutrients to the affected area which aids in healing the scarred tissue.
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