How going to a sauna can help treat issues like rosacea, pain, and poor circulation

With the weather starting to get warmer, you’re probably wondering why I’m suggesting that you treat yourself to an infrared sauna (once the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end, of course). 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 was 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. The company opened a new spa near my neighborhood, and HelloGiggles was lucky enough to check out the space and try some of the services it offers.

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

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, but overall, the treatments worked wonders, and I seriously felt so much better.

According to Spa Lé La founder and esthetician Trina Renea, there are so many benefits to using an infrared sauna, such as getting stress relief, releasing toxins from your body, boosting your immune system, and stimulating collagen.

"An infrared sauna is beneficial because your skin absorbs the infrared wavelength, causing your body's temperature to rise," explains Renea. "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 good for releasing toxins, but using this service can be beneficial for your mental health, too. Think about it: Even if you’re only in a sauna for 20 minutes, you’re giving yourself a mini social media detox and connecting to your body in a way you probably don’t often.

Trina also notes that using a sauna can help with weight loss, pain relief, and circulation. A great thing about infrared saunas, in particular, 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, are not irritating to the skin. Basically, saunas can work wonders.

And you don’t have to worry about only treating yourself to a sauna experience every once in awhile. “Infrared saunas are good to do as often as you want,” says Renea. So whenever you feel like detoxing your body but don’t want to sit in the sun (and potentially damage your skin), you can pamper yourself with a sauna treatment for however many times your heart desires.

"You can do up to 25 minutes a day as needed," Renea adds.

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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