By Jessica Collins for Heat Healer
Beauty consumers are increasingly savvy about the active ingredients in their skincare and are demanding scientific backing for anti-aging claims. This has led to an explosion of new serums, balms and creams, but also devices, including space age-y at-home light therapy face masks. But are we forgetting everything south of the neck when it comes to anti-aging?
When prepping for your next big event (hello postponed weddings, birthdays, or award ceremonies anyone?!) consider how an Infrared sauna session could enhance your skincare routine and help you get healthy and glowing skin from head to toe. In addition to a big ol’ dose of RELAX (which is always a great way to smooth out those frown lines), here are the top 3 short and long term benefits you can expect to see, according to recent research:
1. Get your glow on
The whole point of Infrared heat therapy is that it causes your core body temperature to rise, triggering a range of nifty natural bodily functions, including increased heart rate and improved circulation. Dermatologist Dr. Erin Gilbert, MD, PhD explains to Dermstore.com that increased circulation “is effectively going to make your skin look healthier and better”, due to the additional oxygen and nutrients that are delivered to the skin. This means you can expect something similar to the rosy, fresh-faced ‘glow’ induced by a light workout (all while lying down!).
2. Boost collagen production
For longer term skin health, Infrared light has been found by small scale studies to increase the amount of collagen and elastin produced by fibroblasts (the most common type of cell found in our skin, and critical for healing wounds). Collagen, as we know, is the ultimate giver of plump and youthful skin, and naturally decreases as we get older (rude!). A much-cited study published in the Yonsei Medical Journal in 2006 also reported improvements in skin texture and roughness, which led them to conclude that Infrared radiation may indeed be useful in the treatment of photo-aged skin.
3. Clean and clear pores
The other thing you can expect from an Infrared sauna is SWEAT (and plenty of it). Sweat is neat because it opens up the pores and, according to New York-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, speaking to Wellandgood.com, “can help [your] body purge dirt, oil, and other particulate matter that deposit on the skin”. This is the ultimate way to cleanse your skin as part of a good skincare routine, and paves the way for active ingredients to penetrate effectively and work their magic. Low-level light therapy, which includes Infrared, has also been used historically to treat acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Heat Healer’s personal Infrared sauna blanket combines a premium carbon fiber heating element with 96 smooth Jade and Tourmaline stones to evenly and comfortably disperse heat. Roll it out on any flat surface near a power source and it’s easy to incorporate this treatment into your relaxing pre-event, or even daily (because it’s pretty addictive), beauty routine.
Our top tips for making it work:
- Use the sauna the morning before a big event for maximum radiance, as well as post-event to ease tired, sore muscles.
- Remember to drink PLENTY of water to replace lost fluids.
- Combine your sauna session with the new Bian Stone Lymphatic Body Paddle to de-puff, de-bloat and de-stress.