Posted by Sunlighten on 12 October 2015

'Sweating it out' - 3 ways that infrared saunas may help your skin

In today’s busy world, extensive to-do lists can often have a significant impact on the health of your skin.

Today’s article discusses how perspiration can be integral in your efforts to achieve a glowing complexion.

So how does sweat help?

1)     It cleans out your pores

Are you suffering from blemishes, acne, irritated skin? If so, ‘sweating it out’ may be the answer.

Often our pores become clogged with toxins that are all around us, from  the air we breathe to the food we eat. For example, some toxins can build up through excess salt and cholesterol intake.

Sweat is produced in your skin glands and leaves the body through the pores in your skin. Pores can be inhabited by a number of toxins that can cause blemishes.

Sweating, although it may not feel glamorous, can result in a cleaner and clearer skin tone.


2)     It tackles unwanted zits

Closely related to the point above, but sometimes we can have acne breakouts even in adulthood. Even though they are uncommon, we understand that you’d like to prevent them.

How does sweat help?

Sweat is a natural combatant to this as it opens up your skins pores. While often thought of in the contrary, sweat is integral in releasing the toxins and bacteria clogged up in the skin.

3)     It helps wounds to heal

Sometimes wounds can take extensive amounts of time to fully heal - want to help speed up the process?

Infrared sauna therapy can assist as it uses near infrared wavelengths.

NASA conducted a research study on the benefits on wound healing through near infrared heat 1.The key findings were that LED technology allows for deep penetration of tissue and increased cell growth from the inside.2 Sunlighten’s mPulse series--with its proprietary 3-in-1 heating technology--is the only sauna on the market that offers LED-based near infrared heat at this level.

What else can a sauna do to help my skin? We have a guide to near infrared available.

According to Dr. Dana Gleeson, Leading research in the areas of psoriasis, eczema and acne relate many health issues as the cause of these skin disorders. Thankfully the infrared treatment can cover them all. Besides affecting the skin cells directly, Far Infrared Sauna Therapy elicits an increase in the body’s immune response by heating it up and creating an artificial fever which in turn will promote a natural healing response thus slowing down viral and bacterial growth3.

Simply kick back, stay hydrated, relax and detoxify your body. You can even use a scheduling function, so it is ready when you are.

Have you noticed any changes to your skin after sauna sessions? Let us know in the comments below.


1 Whelan et al; The NASA Light-Emitting Diode Medical Program- Progress in Space Flight and Terrestrial Applications. CP504, Space Technology and Applications International Forum-2000, edited by M. S. El-Genk. Copyright 2000 American Institute of Physics l-56396-9 19-X/00. 
2 Harry T. Whelan, Ellen V. Buchmann, Noel T. Whelan, Scott G. Turner, Vita Cevenini, Helen Stinson, Ron Ignatius, Todd Martin, Joan Cwiklinski, Glenn A. Meyer, Brian Hodgson Lisa Gould, Mary Kane, Gina Chen , James Caviness. NASA Light Emitting Diode Medical Applications From Deep Space to Deep Sea. CP552, Space Technology and Applications International Forum-2001, edited by M. S. El-Genk. Copyright 2001 American Institute of Physics 1-56396-980-7/01. 
3. Dr. Dana Gleeson, Complete Balance Health, ‘Skin Disorders Psoriasis, eczema and acne are very common. (


*Sunlighten does not provide medical advice. We recommend you consult with a health care practitioner if you are unsure if using an infrared sauna is right for you. For best results, our saunas should be used in conjunction with an appropriate diet and exercise program. Individual results may vary.    

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