Few things are as comforting in the winter as a nice warm sauna or steam room but did you know they are also good for your skin? The humidity of a steam room can be up to 100% and up to 20% in a sauna. This moisture helps hydrate your skin. Celebrity aesthetician Renée Rouleau is an expert in skin care.
“Skin cells need water to live, so steam can be very beneficial for keeping surface layers feeling moist and looking healthy,” Rouleau explains.
“When the skin gets warm, the capillaries and vessels dilate, causing nutrient-rich blood and oxygen to be brought to the cells,” Rouleau says.
“Blood circulation is what feeds the skin and its cells and keeps them acting healthy, while giving the skin a glow from within.”
Saunas and steam rooms are especially good for oily skin as they can help to cleanse and detoxify it. If on the other hand you have dry skin, you should be careful. Although the humidity can hydrate your skin, the heat can actually dry your skin out even faster if you don’t lock the moisture in with oil or moisturising cream.
One way to do this is by combining your Thermal Spa Experience with a moisturising body massage. Treatments like the Spa Experience Back, Face and Scalp use scented essential oils can replace moisture lost in the sauna.
After your sauna you should be sure to moisturise your face and other sensitive skin which is prone to dryness. If you are particularly worried about a dry area, then you might consider applying oil to it prior to entering the sauna. We also recommend that you drink plenty of water to keep your body and its skin fully hydrated.
In short, sauna helps skin to detoxify, unclog pores and regenerate but it may dehydrate dry skin if you don’t moisturise afterwards.