Used vs. New Saunas: The Pros & Cons

You’re excited to own a personal infrared sauna! No more trudging to the gym, spa or IR salon. It’s the luxury health item you’ve been waiting for, and you’ll finally be able to enjoy it in your own home. Nothing could be more convenient. While browsing the internet you learn there are a variety of brands and models to choose from. Once you narrow it down to two or three that seem to fit what you need, it’s time to make a decision. So, the next question is, which do you choose? When buying new vs. used saunas, there are definite pros and cons to weigh.

Before you buy, consider the following key elements.

 

Product Warranty

One of the most important aspects to consider when you make a large purchase or investment is product warranty coverage. In the case of infrared saunas, you want to consider the heaters, electronic units, and the actual wood itself.

When you buy a new Health Mate infrared sauna, we offer a generous warranty that covers all these things. It’s much like buying a car—if something dysfunctions within the first year or two or even beyond, you want to feel secure knowing you won’t incur huge expenses.

However, buying a used sauna means all that warranty coverage is lost! The person selling the sauna may believe that because they’ve only had the sauna a short while, it transfers. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. A used Health Mate sauna, whether it’s 1 year old or 20 years old, only covers the original owner under warranty. The result could be large cash outlays you hadn’t expected for repairs.

Maybe you’ve been expecting to replace an item or two. What about getting new parts?

Replacement Parts

Imagine you found this great deal on a used sauna–$1800 for what was originally a $5,000 or $6,000 infrared sauna. Wow, it sounds like a bargain! And it is. However, what if you get it home and realize that the simple control panel you were told was a little…wonky…is completely kaput? The seller may have chosen to omit this key detail. If the sauna is already 12-15 years old, the part you’re looking for could be discontinued.

Chromotherapy light that is turned off

Now your bargain investment is nothing more than a beautiful wooden storage closet rather than a fabulous infrared sauna.

With a new Health Mate sauna purchase, parts are generally replaceable up to 15 years or so should anything go wrong. This means you could get another 10-15 years of enjoyment out of your sauna.

Even if the seller feels they’re being upfront, there’s a chance it hasn’t even been used in years. The bottom line is, be aware that you may need to fix more than you expected on your used sauna and it’s important to know ahead of what parts you’ll need.

The Mystery History

You finally get your new used sauna perfectly situated in your living room or den, and all you need to do now is wait for it to heat up. But what if after a few minutes, the heaters don’t seem to quite get to the right temperature?

Or maybe you assembled it and noticed there was a strange discoloration on some of the panels? It looks curiously like water damage, something you didn’t notice in your haste to take ownership.

Purchasing a used sauna is always a gamble, even if the seller sounds like they’re being transparent. Was there a power surge one time and suddenly the electronics are unpredictable? Maybe it was kept on the patio and it got flooded in the last rain storm?

It’s hard to know the history of your sauna when it’s used, and some sellers want it off their hands so badly, they fail to disclose this pertinent information. It’s safer to not take a chance on a used sauna, even if it’s been passed down from a friend or family member.

But even if it has a solid history of regular upkeep, there’s that other little issue…

You’re Soaking In It

An infrared sauna is designed for maximum sweat at a comfortable temperature. And if you use your sauna properly, with towels or clothing between you and the wood benches and panels, you can protect it from stains.

However, even the most conscientious sauna user will inevitably pass some perspiration onto the sauna wood. So, do you really want to be sitting on something that might be less than sanitary? It’s similar to sleeping on a mattress owned by someone else.

You really don’t want to take the hygiene risk, especially when a sauna is designed to improve and enhance your health. Starting fresh with a new sauna ensures the most desirable conditions. You can ensure it’s properly cleaned on a regular basis as well, something you couldn’t do with a used sauna.

Are There Any Benefits To Buying Used?

Buying a high-quality sauna is a significant investment and it’s understandable with inflation and economic uncertainty that you might consider saving some money by investing in used rather than new.

So, what type of due diligence should you do before buying?

The best case scenario when purchasing a used sauna is to ask for the original receipt from the seller. This can help verify the age and model information. From there, you’ll know whether you can still obtain any parts or support.

Health Mate cannot service, provide replacement parts for or upgrade saunas made prior to 2004. This is one of the tradeoffs and may be more costly in the long run. While we pride ourselves on amazing customer service and support, we’re also innovative and constantly making improvements, and like cars, some features just naturally become obsolete.

If you’d like to know more about our infrared sauna selection, feel free to contact our support team. There are always financing options for your Health Mate as a way of offsetting upfront costs.

Why Your Metabolism Needs Infrared

You’ve probably heard people say, I wish my metabolism were better! We don’t really think about our metabolism much until we notice our pants getting tighter or our bathing suits looking less flattering. But what role does metabolism play in our body’s function? We do know that a sluggish metabolism may affect weight gain. So, if you’ve ever felt a little ‘fuller’, you’re might have wondered, how can I increase my metabolism rate? We’re here to share how your lifestyle plays a part, including why your metabolism needs infrared.

What Exactly Is Metabolism?

Simply put, metabolism is how your body breaks down the food and drinks you consume into energy. Your basal metabolic rate is the energy or calories burned when you simply exist. This includes breathing, cell repairs, circulation, digestion, and even resting, and you need a certain number of calories just for those functions. This process alone uses about one-tenth of your daily calorie intake.

As you age, your metabolism can slow, and some of this is attributed to changes in hormones. Additionally, since muscle mass tends to decrease the older you get and muscle helps burn fat, it makes sense that metabolism is affected by more than just hormones.

Essentially, the two things that can influence the rate of metabolism are your eating habits and movement.

Diet & Your Metabolism

What you eat and how much you eat play into your metabolism. Reducing calorie intake alone is not an ideal way to lose weight. Additionally, yo-yo dieting, particularly starvation diets and then back to regular, can damage the metabolism.  According to Cleveland Clinic, “If you restrict calories too much, your body starts to break down muscle for energy. A loss of muscle mass slows the metabolism.”

It’s true that your body structure and muscle mass affect how rapidly you burn calories and how your metabolism functions. This is why when women and men go on similar diets or establish a weight loss routine, men lose weight faster. Typically, men have denser or higher muscle mass which helps naturally burn calories quicker. Of course, there are some keys to a gradual loss of weight that work no matter what your gender.eating health

Keep in mind, many sites promote metabolism-boosting supplements, and they sound like a great quick fix. Unfortunately, these aren’t always FDA regulated and have been shown to provide limited or short-term results. They could also have negative side effects.

Primarily, you want to focus on steadily changing your lifestyle and habits. In order to burn off calories beyond your basal rate mentioned above, you need some form of exercise. Ultimately, you need to incorporate fitness to maintain a healthy metabolism.

Fitness & Your Metabolism

Finding and sticking to a fitness groove can take trial and error, especially if your job or lifestyle is sedentary. Take the first step, as James Brown said, and “Get on up!” Small changes to your everyday habits and routine, such as walking more or taking the stairs, can boost your metabolic rate.

Ideally, you want to find an exercise that you can sustain. Cardio or aerobic activity stimulates your metabolism, and can also lower your appetite, even if short-term. However, don’t forget to include weight training, because as mentioned, building muscle mass will automatically increase caloric burn.

A recent study published in Cardiovascular Research journal concluded that exercise has even more impact on metabolism than originally thought. “The power of exercise to boost metabolism is on top of its positive effects on blood pressure, heart rate, fitness, body fat, and body weight. Our findings cement the central role of exercise in preventing cardiovascular disease.”

Alright then, say you’ve established better eating habits and incorporated some exercise. What’s one more positive practice that can boost metabolism? Let’s talk about infrared saunas.

Infrared Sauna & Metabolism

What’s unique to infrared saunas compared to other types of saunas is how effectively the heat penetrates to raise your internal body temperature. Far infrared is the most intense, and one session in a sauna can actually help burn hundreds of calories as it activates your circulation and cardio function. Some medical practitioners liken a sauna session to going for a jog in terms of spent energy.

The rise of your core body temperature allows for your lymphatic, cardiovascular, and immune systems to release fat-based sweat, which leads to a healthier metabolism. On top of that, It also increases enzyme production, which improves gut health and thereby, overall health.metabolism boost

Even more beneficial is that a 30-minute session in an infrared sauna kickstarts caloric burn. According to Dr. Corey Hewko, certified Naturopath and Chiropractor, that caloric burn “can continue even after your sauna session.” Imagine relaxing in a soothing infrared sauna, burning calories, and then continuing to burn them while watching your favorite movie or reading a book.

Overall, your journey to a better metabolism takes multiple lifestyle changes.

Now that you’ve learned why your metabolism needs infrared, it makes more sense to invest in a sauna. You’ll not only feel healthier, but you’ll see improvements in sleep, skin appearance, and mood.

Find out more about Health Mate saunas and which one suits your home or budget. Get more details on the variety of benefits offered. Who knows, you could feel like a million bucks faster than you thought!

Taking Sauna Sessions A Stretch Further

Congratulations if you’ve taken the leap and finally treated yourself to a home sauna! Or maybe you’re in the market still, wondering, is a sauna worth the investment? Either way, you’re already aware of how infrared will enhance your fitness or self-care routine. So, as you get into the groove with regular sauna visits, you might wonder how to take your sessions a stretch further.

We’re here to share exactly how! And yes, it involves stretching.

What many people already know about personal infrared saunas is that they offer health benefits beyond relaxation. The more you sweat, the more your body is receiving beneficial far-infrared heat that amps up circulation, improves your cardio, helps detox, and increases collagen production, to name just a few health pluses.

If you’d like to get even more out of your sauna session, read further.

It Starts With Tension Release

If you’re working out, just starting a fitness regimen, or participating in sports, you might find your muscles cramping or slightly sore afterwards, sometimes even a day or two later. Along with muscle stiffness, your body has likely built up lactic acid.

By applying or using penetrative heat, your body can more easily flush this lactic build-up, which is where your sauna comes in. Regular sessions in the sauna before a workout or physical exertion will loosen muscles. The heat helps increase the blood and oxygen flow throughout your body so muscles will less likely cramp and become sore.

Now, if you’re experiencing inflammation from muscle or body injury, you will more likely need to apply ice or cold. Inflammation is a different type of issue that is more related to injury or trauma than pure exercise or exertion.

Beyond warming up, there is one more element you can add to improve performance and reduce strain caused by vigorous physical exercise.

Get Your Flex On

Once you enter your sauna and get comfortable, it’s easy to slip into a meditative state or zen out and listen to music. If you share your sauna with someone, it could be the digital-free time you need to reconnect. Sauna time is really great self-care time.

But, if you want to get even more health benefits from your infrared experience, consider a good stretch. A study on a small group of sauna users revealed that even a brief stretch or a few yoga poses while exposed to far-infrared heat increased flexibility by 205%!

As mentioned, using heat will help relax your muscles and prep for any upcoming physical activity. And even if you don’t plan to hit the gym or exercise class after your sauna, increasing flexibility has been shown to help as we age. It also improves strength and balance. You don’t have to get fancy and try any complicated poses or contortion into a state of discomfort. There are basic stretches you can do in a small span of time that will enhance your health and leave you feeling even more relaxed once your session has ended.

Just Add Water

One more tip and this goes for any sauna session, even if you’re just there to relax and unwind. You should always hydrate before and after your infrared treatment. Water will not only help flush lactic acid and prevent buildup, but because you’ll be sweating, you’ll need to replace the loss of fluids.

This may seem like common sense advice, but one thing we know is that you won’t feel thirsty until you’re already past the state of dehydration. You want to make sure you don’t faint or feel nauseous during your sauna experience, because, why ruin it? Grab a glass of water before you soak up the heat and you’ll end up more refreshed and less tired.

Whether you’re already on your way to home sauna bliss or still deciding which sauna to buy, Health Mate can help. Check out our FAQ section or contact a sauna specialist. Our 40+ years in the industry means we’re familiar with your needs and ready to answer all your questions.

Can Infrared Saunas Fix My Sinus Problems?

Fall will soon be here, signaling the start of sniffle season. But do you really need to brace yourself for nose maladies, or could you head some symptoms off at the pass? We all would rather avoid the discomfort and downtime caused by stuffiness, sneezing, or worse, painful headaches. While diet and lifestyle have some play, we get asked, can infrared saunas fix sinus problems, alleviating symptoms? The answer is, yes. The best part is, you can enjoy sessions at home, safely and comfortably.

But first, let’s discuss these conditions and some of the causes.

Is It Allergies or Sinus Infection?

Whether seasonal or ongoing, allergies can be hard to get a handle on. At best they’re distracting but at their worst can become debilitating and cause a loss of productivity. Here we’re mostly discussing those that relate to sinus discomfort. Amazingly, allergies, or allergic rhinitis, are listed as the sixth most common chronic illness globally.

Allergies can stem from a variety of things, like pollen, mold, hay fever, pollutants, chemicals, and also food, the latter of which if left untreated can lead to other issues. One cause can be fungal overgrowth from a poor diet, typically too much sugar and other foods that cause bad bacteria to reproduce at high rates.  Sometimes allergies are unavoidable based on where you live and the environment in general.

You might experience allergic rhinitis and no other sinus issues. However, it’s common for symptoms to overlap. Rhinitis can also lead to sinusitis.

So, what’s the difference in symptoms between allergic rhinitis and sinusitis?

Itchy nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes are common with allergic rhinitis or allergies. Sinusitis symptoms can include nasal congestion, discolored nasal drainage, sinus pressure, headache, and fever.”

While allergies are typically treated with antihistamine medications and over-the-counter nasal sprays, sinus infections can be a little trickier. People are often confused about what causes sinusitis and more importantly, how to treat it.

“Viral sinusitis usually lasts less than 7 to 10 days and will resolve with supportive care. Antibiotics are not needed to treat viral sinusitis. Bacterial sinusitis typically lasts longer than 10 days and may present with persistent fever. Bacterial sinusitis is usually treated with antibiotics.”

In general, inflammation is the root cause of each malady, and that’s where infrared comes in.

Infrared’s Role in Allergy and Sinus Relief

It might seem counterintuitive that an infrared sauna can help fix sinus and allergy problems since it’s an intensely warm, enclosed area. Infrared in particular has its benefits, though. Infrared therapy actually enhances our immune response, which is responsible for how our body fights anything foreign to our body, even airborne attacks. This includes reducing inflammation.

Our autonomic nervous system is affected by allergens, including those that assault our sinuses. Not coincidentally “the immune system interacts directly within brain regions that regulate autonomic function.”  While far infrared is particularly beneficial for building our immune response, the near-infrared treatment showed positive results in treating rhinitis as well. Near-infrared, or red light, is part of the chromotherapy feature in a number of Health Mate saunas.

Another study conducted with thirty-one patients of varying ages showed significant improvement in allergy symptoms over the course of just a week after infrared treatment. What’s especially significant about Infrared therapy is it produces no side effects, something commonly experienced with medications for the same issues.

A slightly smaller but longer study was conducted to learn if infrared could reduce the frequency of the common cold, and again, it proved helpful. Not only was the occurrence reduced, but those who did experience a cold reported quicker recovery.

You can gain an advantage by taking sauna bathing seriously and treating it like you would any other health regimen. Our immune system responds positively to intense heat.

To learn more about sauna benefits and how infrared saunas can help fix sinus problems, or to get started with your own infrared therapy at home, speak with our sauna specialists. You could be avoiding the worst of cold or allergy season simply by incorporating sauna bathing as part of your daily health routine.

5 Tips For The Best Sauna Experience

Tony and his wife had been enjoying their recently shifted lifestyle of working remotely. However, he and his wife missed the social interaction their on-site jobs provided before the pandemic. Plus, being in one place all day left them less motivated to exercise. They decided to purchase an infrared sauna to help with some stress and break up their day. Tony did his research on brands, benefits, and which size he and his wife needed. When he finally placed his order, he couldn’t wait for it to arrive. The infrared sauna would be the perfect wellness solution and provide the relaxation they’d been desperately seeking. He was sure they would have the best sauna experience.

What they hadn’t figured out yet was what would be the best sauna routine. How often was it safe to use it? What is the right temperature setting? Would they be able to relax and detox the way everyone always talked about?

Tony and his wife are like many first-time sauna owners. A little extra advice is all they need to take their sauna experience from so-so to completely satisfying!

The Ideal Infrared Sauna Temperature

Getting acclimated to your infrared sauna takes some time, especially if you’ve never used one or are used to steam saunas. Typically, you’ll want to start with shorter, 10–15-minute sessions and scale up from there. In addition, you’ll want to find a temperature setting that is comfortable.

Man adjusting sauna while woman sits inside smiling

It’s a good idea to set your sauna at 100°F – 120°F initially. Since infrared penetrates your skin and muscles at any setting, you’ll still benefit from a lower temperature. Starting lower will give you an idea of how quickly your body will react and begin perspiring. The infrared heat will cause your heart rate to increase, which is perfectly normal. However, if you have any heart issues, you’ll want to consult a medical professional before use.

After you’ve gotten in a sauna groove and your body is used to the heat, you can increase the temperature. The most highly recommended setting for adults is between 120°F and 140°F. At that level, you’ll be sweating a good deal and reaping the most rewards from your session.

Once you have found your sweet spot for both session length and temperature, the next part to plan is your optimal time of day.

Morning or Evening? Planning Your Infrared Sessions

You might’ve read that the best time for a sauna visit is when you first wake up. Others claim the ideal time is just before bed. In reality, the best time is whatever works for you. Our busy schedules don’t always allow us a solid lunch hour let alone a sauna break during the day. It’s important to get the most out of your investment though, right? You wouldn’t want your sauna to turn into a storage shed, the way treadmills become clothes racks.

If you’re using your sauna as part of a fitness or sports regimen, you’ll find the sessions are great for added muscle relaxation and recovery. Scheduling a 20–30-minute sauna break just after a workout or game is the best bet for maximum results.

Trouble getting centered when you first wake up? Start your day with a sauna session. Even a 10-minute escape to your sauna can set a course for productivity and focus. Add a meditation routine for even greater calm.

An older man sleeping on his side in bed while wearing pajamas.

Infrared saunas are also ideal for pain management. Some doctors recommend daily therapy for chronic pain relief. Sauna bathing regularly at any time of day can also help develop a strong immune system, ward off potential illness, and keep pain at bay before it builds.

Finally, infrared can help banish insomnia. Tossing and turning at 2 a.m. can be dreadful, but sauna time before turning in can make the difference between a wakeful or blissful night. Infrared heat’s reduction of oxidative stress levels along with inflammation helps promote calm and tranquility. One study showed that red light in particular, or near-infrared, was conducive to sounder sleep.

Whichever time of day you choose, your sauna is safe to use daily. Your needs may change for sauna sessions throughout the year. They may help you to stay warm during winter, keep your skin looking amazing during summer, or replace a workout when you’re injured. No matter when you step into your sauna, just be sure you’re doing one thing every time—drinking plenty of fluids.

The Importance Of Hydration

One of the first things you’ll notice during an infrared sauna session is the amount of sweat produced. It operates at a lower temperature than a steam sauna but the rays penetrate deep below the skin’s surface, so increases your heart rate and circulation more rapidly. This leads to more intense and prolonged sweating.

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Since you lose a significant amount of fluids via sweat, you need to be sure to replenish. The best plan is to drink water before your session and during. Our bodies don’t signal thirst right away, so it’s best to hydrate before you reach that point.

In addition, it’s important not to drink anything that will dehydrate you, such as caffeine or alcohol. Avoid these types of drinks for an hour or more before stepping inside your sauna.

If you’re using your sauna at night before bedtime, you might want to enjoy something decaffeinated that promotes sleep. Drinking certain teas or coconut waters can help bolster this effect.

Hydrating after your sauna session is beneficial as well. Since your body will be detoxifying, drinking plenty of water is a great way to stay energized and help your liver do its job.

The Best Sauna Attire

Having your own infrared sauna comes with lots of perks. One of the best is that you won’t have to share your sauna with a group of strangers at a gym or spa. Sure, you might have a partner or family members getting saunified, but a home sauna lends itself to more privacy.

That means you can wear, or not wear, anything you wish in your sauna. Keep in mind that you’ll naturally be perspiring heavily, so whatever you wear will need to be moisture-wicking and breathable. Comfort is key!

Ideally, you’ll want to keep a towel handy, sit or lean on a towel, or wear a terry cloth or cotton fabric robe, so it can absorb sweat. The natural wood of your sauna is meant to have some varied coloration and grain patterns, but oils and perspiration from your body can result in unwanted stains.

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It’s recommended that you wipe your sauna down after each use so you can prolong the beauty of your sauna panels. Plus, it’s simply a good hygiene practice.

Getting Into Zen Mode

So, you’ve set aside time to enjoy your personal sauna break and are ready to reset your day or evening. You might have a hundred thoughts racing through your head, an unfinished to-do list or an ache that just won’t let up. How to get into sauna mode?

Never fear, your zen is here!

Along with leaning back and letting the infrared do its job, you can make great use of the Bluetooth feature in your sauna. Put on some relaxing tunes, or even better, download a popular meditation app, pop in some earbuds, or don a headset and sail off to sauna bliss.

If a total zone-out is not your thing, try a podcast or catch up on that article you’ve been meaning to read. The quiet time inside your sauna provides the perfect moment to focus on something other than daily stressors.

To engage more senses, try aromatherapy. One of Health Mate’s most popular accessories enhances relaxation and is customizable using your favorite essential oils. In saunas with chromotherapy, you’ll experience the added benefit of color to relax, energize, and more. Each color provides a health benefit separate from the mid- and far-infrared rays.

All Set?

Ultimately, Health Mate wants you to enjoy your sauna, and following these tips can lead to a restorative infrared sauna experience. Learn more about the benefits of sauna bathing and check out our full line of saunas to get details on each model.

How To Care For Your Infrared Sauna

Congratulations! You’ve invested in your health with an infrared sauna. This is a purchase that can last you over a decade when you shop with Health Mate, especially if you make the effort to keep it in good condition. Here are our tips for keeping your in-home, wooden infrared sauna in great working order:

  1. Shower before using your sauna

    pexels karolina grabowska The easiest way to keep your sauna clean is to clean yourself before using it. When you avoid bringing in dirt, dust, and oils in the first place, you can stay one step ahead in maintenance.

  2. Lightly Clean Your Sauna After Each Use

    its easy for backrests, benches, and surfaces you touch to get damagedAfter every session, simply wipe down the surfaces with a damp cloth. Make sure to hit the areas you touch like the control panel, the door handle, and the seating. Don’t forget the backrest if you use one.

  3. Dust The Interior and Exterior

    Dust can easily collect in places where you can’t see—like the top of the unit or in crevices. Take some time while cleaning the rest of your home to dust the inside of your sauna. If you have an Inspire model, don’t forget to check around the recessed lighting.

    inspire f Try to dust the top, sides, and back of your unit once a month. This will help keep the electrics in good working order too.

  4. Watch Your Heater

    If your sauna has carbon flat panels, like the Renew series, these can be dusted to maintain the fabric. Our Tecoloy Heaters are designed to provide maximum heat at maximum efficiency. Because of this, their shape is a little harder to clean. Compressed air can be used to clean dust and dirt out of the heater casing.

  5. Keep the floor clean

    You’re likely using the sauna barefoot. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure that the floor is clean. Sweep or vacuum the floor once every few sessions. It can also be cleaned with a damp cloth like the rest of the unit. It’s not recommended to use shoes in your sauna, as they can scuff the wood and track in more dirt.

  6. Use a towel to protect your sauna

    Putting a towel down before sitting in your sauna will help keep perspiration off the wood surfaces, reducing the risk of staining. If you have a bench cushion, putting a towel down can help increase the longevity of the cushion.

  7. Care for the wood

    Don’t use any treatments on the interior of your sauna. However, if you’d like the sauna exterior to look shiny and new, you can use wood polish or oil (NOT paint or varnish) to keep the wood healthy. This is especially helpful if your unit is exposed to a lot of sunlight via window or glass door. It will also help protect the wood from warping or buckling over time.

  8. Sweat stains? Sand them out

    Sanding down the stained area removes it from your saunaIf your sauna gets stained from sweat or some other substance, you can lightly sand them away. Be sure to use a high grit sandpaper and work in a small inconspicuous are first. A wood oil can be used after you’re done revitalize the wood. Make sure not to use toxic substances on your sauna’s interior, since heat can release oils and substances in the wood.

  9. Keep Your Sauna Dry

    Moisture can lead to mold, mildew, and stains. Try to leave the door open while it cools down so that the humidity can escape. Then close the door to keep excess moisture and dust out. Luckily infrared saunas use dry heat, so you there isn’t a lot of moisture, but sweat is a concern and if you live somewhere humid the air can shorten the lifespan of your sauna’s wood.

  10. Stay away from the rays!

    infrared sauna for saleUV light can bleach and damage wood. Avoid placing your sauna in a spot where it gets a lot of direct light during the day. This can eventually lead to buckling and warping in addition to bleached spots on the wood. If prolonged sun exposure is unavoidable, try rotating or moving your sauna every 6 months.

Now you’re prepared to take care of your sauna for years to come while it takes care of you. Read up on the benefits of infrared sauna or checkout our FAQ for more info on our saunas and care.

7 Amazing Skin Benefits from Sauna Bathing

Our skin is the largest organ of our body, so of course, we want to take good care of it. When considering adding another element to your skincare routine, the endless number of products or services can be overwhelming. Plus, as seasons change your skin needs and requirements also change. One option that benefits skin year-round might be something you haven’t even considered. Infrared sauna therapy! Yes, you can experience amazing skin benefits from sauna bathing.

Sauna bathing has been around for thousands of years, and we’re still continuing to discover the health benefits it provides. Added to your skincare routine, it can enhance not just how you look but how you feel. Part of that is because it can help heal, detox, cleanse, restore and so much more.

Let’s find out why a sauna is a wise option by exploring how it can improve the health of your skin, safely and non-invasively.

Sweating

When taking part in a sauna session, one of the first things that you’ll notice is the beads of sweat that form all over your body. The longer you stay in the sauna, the more you sweat. This is a normal occurrence, of course, because sweating is the way for your skin to regulate your body temperature. Your healthy body temperature is 98.6 degrees, and recommended sauna temperatures range around 120-140 degrees.

One great way to detox is by sweating. Seen recently in a 2019 Healthline article, “Sweating helps the skin remove heavy metals, in chemical elimination including BPA’s (bisphenol A), and with PBA’s (polychlorinated biphenyls) and bacterial cleansing.”

Too many toxins within the body that aren’t being properly eliminated cause long-term problems. Infrared sauna sessions promote detoxification and support liver function, especially when your body becomes overloaded.

Acne Reduction

As infrared and the sweating that results helps you detox, it also helps rid skin of acne and acne-related issues. Bacteria, clogged pores, and blocked sweat glands contribute to acne growth and can leave unsightly scars and blemishes. When the body is detoxing through sweating, it targets those acne and acne-related issues.

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Taking part in regular sauna sessions can help with achieving skin that’s clean, clear, and free of acne and can help prevent future acne breakouts. Just be sure to towel off or wash up right afterward to remove the cocktail of bacteria on the skin.

As Marina Peredo, M.D. of Skinfluence NYC explains that “Sweating releases a high amount of salt, which needs to be washed away immediately after sweating…the combination of salt, sebum, and bacteria contributes to breakouts.”

Weight Loss

When the body is in an environment that’s hotter than its normal regulated temperature, it works harder to maintain a level of homeostasis. Spending time in an infrared sauna helps burn calories by way of thermogenesis, defined as “the dissipation of energy through the production of heat.”

From a recent article in Fitness Blender, “A healthy male of 185 pounds burns 42 calories in 30 minutes of sitting. To find the number of calories this same individual burns while sitting in a sauna, multiply those calories by 1.5 to 2 in order to get an estimate. In this case, he would burn roughly 63 to 84 calories.” 

While a sauna certainly shouldn’t be a replacement for regular physical exercise, it can have a beneficial effect on our weight and our metabolism. By raising our heartbeat through increased temperature, our body is naturally increasing its energy output. Combined with eating healthier and exercising you can potentially achieve a healthier weight. Remember, some weight loss in the sauna is through water loss and sweating, so it’s important to stay hydrated.

Better Circulation

You might wonder what blood flow has to do with better skin. As a matter of fact, it has a LOT!

Infrared heat causes the blood vessels in the body to dilate. More dilated blood vessels promote increased circulation, expediting the process of healing the skin. If you have skin trauma including cuts, bruises, and scarring, the increased blood flow helps heal injury sites more efficiently.

blood circulation

As published in News Medical Life Sciences in 2019, Since infrared therapy enhances and improves circulation in the skin and other parts of the body, it can bring oxygen and nutrients to injured tissues, promoting healing. It helps ease pain, relieve inflammation, and protect against oxidative stress.”

On the same note, people with cardiac or heart issues, high blood pressure included, should consult a medical professional before using a sauna.

Collagen Production

Collagen products have been flooding the market in the past few years, a fairly new option for slowing the aging process. One of the most plentiful proteins in the human body, collagen is a building block of our skin made up of amino acids. It’s what makes us look nice and healthy. So, it makes complete sense to want to keep your collagen production going strong!

face glow

As we age, collagen production does decrease, but you can use a sauna to help reverse or slow the aging process. Sauna bathing helps promote collagen growth, improving its elasticity and health. Check out this information from a 2006 study by Yonsei Medical Journal

The content of collagen and elastin produced by the fibroblasts increased after infrared radiation was proportional to the duration of irradiation exposure. Following 6 months of treatment, all patients reported good (51-75%) improvements in skin texture and roughness.”

Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise paired with sauna sessions can result in younger, more collagen-producing skin.

Sounder Sleep

What does sleep have to do with the skin? You’ve probably slept poorly and noticed your appearance the next day being somewhat drab, pale, or drawn. Healthline reports, During sleep, your skin’s blood flow increases. The organ rebuilds its collagen and repairs damage from UV exposure, reducing wrinkles and age spots.” The better you sleep, the better your skin will look and feel.

When taking part in infrared sauna sessions, not only will you relax, but it helps balance hormones in the body, including melatonin which helps with sleep. Another 2015 study shows that infrared sauna therapy helped to minimize symptoms in individuals that experience chronic fatigue. The result shows that:

“Perceived fatigue significantly decreased after therapy, although no significant reductions were observed during therapy. In addition, a negative mood, including anxiety, depression, and fatigue, and the performance status significantly improved after therapy.

So, a sauna session before bedtime can be the perfect solution when having bouts of insomnia in addition to ensuring a sounder night between the sheets.

Healthier Scalp And Hair

We’ve already talked about infrared helping increase collagen production. Collagen and improved elastin production don’t just help with your face, arms, and legs, it also affects your scalp. Saunas carry more blood to the hair follicles, in addition to the other parts of the body. This encourages cell regeneration which directly promotes hair growth.

Some studies encourage the use of red light, or near-infrared, to help reduce hair loss along with stimulating hair growth post-chemo treatment or hair transplant. For this reason, chromotherapy is a great option for your sauna.

Man enjoying chromotherapy in Inspire 3 sauna

It’s important to keep in mind that as the sauna causes sweating you’ll also get build-up on your scalp of excess bacteria and sebum, or oil. For this reason, you’ll want to make sure you rinse off your hair and scalp after a sauna session.

Takeaways

Is sauna use good for the skin? The answer is yes, for a multitude of reasons.

From helping with acne issues,  hair growth,  blood circulation, better sleep, and more, the benefits of regular infrared sauna use for the skin are tried and true. Sauna sessions can be a positive addition to your skincare routine while improving your overall health.

An infrared sauna should not be seen as a substitute for certain skincare routines or conditions, but rather as a supplement. It’s important to discuss sauna use with a doctor or dermatologist before taking part in sessions.

Health Mate is the leading manufacturer of infrared saunas for the home. Our infrared saunas are made with 100% natural, whole wood that is naturally anti-bacterial and sustainably sourced. For more information on our line of infrared saunas for sale, contact us today!

The Perfect Sauna For You

Saunas used to be associated with opulence and luxury. The only people who used to own them were wealthy people or celebrities, while you and I would use one at the gym or spa. However, times have changed! Saunas are not only priced reasonably but there are financing options, too. So, you can find the perfect sauna for you, one that fits your budget and lifestyle. And when you get a Health Mate sauna, you’re getting improved health and wellbeing for years to come. 

A Sauna for You 

The sauna at the gym can be helpful. For many people, that’s the first kind place we experienced sauna bathing fell in love with the practice. However, when you go to a gym or other kind of facility to use one, you’re still subject to their schedule or hours. Moreover, you have to share it with dozens, even hundreds, of others.

A sauna can provide solitude, reflection, a chance to look back at what happened during the day and dream about tomorrow. It’s hard for any of that to take place when there’s a line of people waiting to use it or a crowd near you. Why not have one at home?

sauna for sale

Types of Saunas

Owning an infrared sauna can require a certain amount of space, sometimes a conundrum if you have a limited living area. Fortunately, there are multiple options, each with its own amazing benefits. You can choose from portable, space-saving, personal, and more luxury versions. 

Health Mate has designed each of its saunas for lasting enjoyment. Everyone goes through a 5-step quality control process, is constructed of durable materials, and has heaters made to last for decades. See which models fit you best, and you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to incorporate into your everyday life.

Sauna Financing 

Health Mate Saunas are built to help you feel better, move better, and improve your quality of life. But you don’t want to be stressed out about the investment. To that end, we offer financing, so that you can get a plan that works for you and your budget. Depending on when you read this, the holidays may have passed, but you can get a sauna as a gift for someone at any time of the year or for yourself. 

What People Are Saying About Saunas

We pride ourselves on being the industry pioneer for infrared saunas. And over time, we’ve gotten amazing feedback on how our saunas are improving lives. From pain relief to improved sleep and so much more, our customers share what they love about Health Mate. They’re our best salespeople! See more about why we’re a top-selling sauna company or for details call (877) 595-3221.