Alyssa Morin
July 06, 2017 2:08 pm

With summer season in full swing, you’re probably wondering why I’m suggesting you treat yourself to an infrared sauna. And honestly, I totally understand your reaction, especially if you live in LA or other regions where the sun brutally beams down on you during this time of year. But there are actual health benefits to using an infrared sauna, one being relaxation. And, that’s enough reason for me to seriously consider booking an appointment.

As someone who doesn’t think the idea of sweating is pleasant, let alone relaxing, I surprisingly felt refreshed, calm, and stress-free after my complimentary appointment at Spa Lé La. They opened a new spa near my neighborhood, and HelloGiggles was lucky enough to check out the space and try some of the services they offer.

It is important to note that infrared saunas are different from general saunas (like the ones in your gym), according to the spa’s website. Regular saunas heat the air around you, and while infrared saunas produce some heat, they are at much lower levels — which helps to heat your body from within.

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Now, I know that I might sound like one of those holistic LA types, but I’m not kidding you when I say that my body felt free and I genuinely felt cleansed after getting out of Spa Lé La’s infrared sauna. Sure I was thirsty, hot, and sweaty (the three things every person avoids being in the summertime), but overall, the treatments worked wonders, and I seriously felt so much better.

There are so many benefits to using an infrared sauna, including stress relief, releasing toxins from your body, boosting your immune system, and stimulating collagen, to name a few.

According to Spa Lé La founder and esthetician Trina Renea there are a lot of body and skin care benefits to using an infrared sauna. She tells HelloGiggles,

"An infrared sauna is beneficial because your skin absorbs the infrared wavelength, causing your body's temperature to rise. Our infrared sauna detoxifies your body by heating your core temperature resulting in a deep sweat at the cellular level where toxins reside."

Not only are saunas beneficial for releasing toxins from your body, but using this service can be good for your mental health, too. Think about it, even if you’re in a sauna for 20 minutes, you’re giving yourself a mini social media detox, and that is probably more crucial to staying healthy and sane (in my humble opinion).

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Trina also mentions that using a sauna can help with weight loss, pain relief, and relaxation. Saunas are also beneficial if you want to decrease inflammation in your skin/body and it can increase circulation. Basically, saunas work wonders.

The great thing about infrared saunas is that they can also help people who have rosacea, a condition that causes redness, and sometimes pus-filled bumps on your face. According to Spa Lé La’s website, infrared saunas offer the benefit of being anti-inflammatory, and therefore, it’s not irritating to the skin.

And you don’t have to worry about only treating yourself to a sauna once a month (like other beauty services recommend). So when you would like to detox your body, but would rather not sit in the sun (and potentially get skin cancer or damage your skin), Trina explains you can pamper yourself with a sauna treatment however many times your heart desires.

"Infrared saunas are good to do as often as you want. You can do up to 25 minutes a day as needed."

Just remember to stay hydrated once you’re done with your session, and make sure to moisturize your face because heat is known for drying out your skin!

So if you need a little pick-me-up, want to de-stress, and want a little time to yourself, know that infrared saunas just might do the trick.

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