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The Do’s and Don’ts of Far-Infrared Sauna Use for Ideal Experiences

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If you have decided to buy an infrared sauna, you must be familiar with its superiority over the traditional sauna. Far infrared saunas (or FIR for short) operate by using infrared light to emit a dry heat instead of steam. How exactly does this impact what you can and cannot do in your new sauna? Does it change anything related to how to use them? Read on to find out!

Do: Bring a Book or Magazine

Many people complain that the steam in a traditional sauna ruins the glue binding their books, causing them to fall apart. Thankfully, this is not the case with the infrared sauna, as it is a dry heat. Moreover, infrared units are equipped with cabin lighting, making reading convenient and enjoyable.

Know Your Way Around a Far-Infrared Sauna to Further Maximize its Use

Don’t: Play with Electronics

Although there is far less moisture inside a far infrared sauna, the thing to worry about here is the heat. Most electronics don’t do well with prolonged heat exposure, so if you care for your phone, it’s best to leave it outside the sauna. As a reference, iOS devices should only be used in ambient temperatures of 32°F to 95°F . Far-infrared saunas operate between 110°F and 140°F, so carry at your own risk. Besides, if you are looking for entertainment, there are several models that come equipped with a premium sound system to serve your entertainment needs.

Do: Drink Water Before and After Sauna Sessions

Sauna bathing causes you to sweat quite a bit. Drink plenty of water before a session to help you sweat out the toxins, and drink after to replenish the water that you have lost through sweating. Drinking alcohol in the sauna is not advisable, as you increase your risk of dehydration.

Don’t: Use Scrub or Lotion Inside the Sauna

Using scrubs in a sauna, even gentle ones, is an unhygienic practice. There will be particle residue left everywhere that cannot be properly cleaned. It’s better to scrub in the shower afterward. Skin lotions during sauna sessions can inhibit sweating and clog up pores as well. Not to mention, it will also run everywhere when you sweat. Wait until you’re cooled down to slather on your favorite lotion.

Do: Take a Shower After, but Not Right Away

It’s good to take a cold shower after a sauna session. It helps to refresh your body and prepare you to take on the day. However, the stark difference in temperature is not good for you. Wait until you’re naturally cooled down a little bit before stepping into the shower. Expose parts of your body bit by bit to the cool water. For example, start from your legs and slowly work your way up. You shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the temperature change.

Having a sauna session is a fun and healthy thing to do, and these do’s and don’ts will help you enhance the experience. Start your far-infrared sauna journey today!

Sources:

Keeping an iPhone, iPad, and iTouch within Acceptable Operating Temperatures, Support.apple.com

16 Things Not to Do in a Sauna, Cape-town-active.com


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