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Struggling to Find an Outfit For Your Sauna Session? Here's What You Should Be Wearing

Struggling to Find an Outfit For Your Sauna Session? Here's What You Should Be Wearing

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Struggling to Find an Outfit For Your Sauna Session? Here's What You
Should Be Wearing

By: Your JNH Lifestylist

Similar to public swimming pools, most public infrared saunas come with a list of rules for hygiene reasons, including what you can and cannot wear. Ideally, you have to have some type of coverage, but at the same time, you want to be covered as little as possible. After all, you will be sweating and hot.

What To Wear In Infrared Saunas

1. Select Loose-Fitted Clothing

Research shows near-infrared wavelengths can help rejuvenate the skin and improve the look of wrinkles [1]. If you are using infrared saunas to gain these skin benefits, you will want to ditch the tight clothing. Blocked pores can cause acne, and your pores can quickly become more prone to blockages when excessive sweat is present [2]. This means you want to choose loose clothing that touches the skin as little as possible. As a result, this should prevent blocked pores.

Ideally, sweat should be able to go through your clothing and not become insulated by it. You do not want your body to become overheated, which can create potential health hazardous.

2. Go For Breathability

The fabric of the clothing your wear should allow air to easily pass through it. This prevents your body from becoming too warm and avoids excessive sweating. For instance, cotton or any active-wear type fabrics, such as nylon or polyester, frequently allow air and moisture to move through them. The added bonus of active-wear includes the ability to wick away sweat and dry quickly. In the end, the type of material you choose will come down to your personal preference and comfort but keep what we just talked about in mind and we are sure you will have a much more enjoyable sauna experience.

3. Make Sure It's Light

It is impossible for your clothing not to touch your skin. With this in mind, you do not want to wear anything too heavy or have any clothing weighted down against you. Wearing light clothing will prevent your pores from becoming blocked, contributing to potentially improved and rejuvenated skin, as well as prevent you from possibly overheating. Light clothing also makes it easy to remove your clothes after an infrared sauna session, which will come in handy for the inevitable shower afterwards. Also, some people find themselves removing shirts and other items of clothing in the middle of a session, so having something that is easy to take off will help.

4. Avoid Wearing Jewelry
Or Accessories

When certain types of jewelry become overheated, they can cause skin burns, possibly damaging the tissue and leaving scars. Be sure to take off all of your jewelry before entering an infrared sauna; this includes electronic watches and/or fitness trackers. These devices can quickly become overheated, similar to if were to leave them out in the sun on a hot day. You will also find that you likely will be more comfortable without them, eliminating that gross feeling of sweat getting stuck between your skin and accessories.

The Bottomline: Wear What’s Comfortable

A typical infrared sauna session lasts 20-30 minutes, with frequent users staying in the sauna for up to 45 minutes. During this time, you want to be comfortable and relaxed, and if you are tugging at your clothes or constantly pulling them off yourself, that relaxing session can quickly turn into a nuisance. Use the above guidelines to help you make an informed choice on your outfit for your next sauna session. When all else fails, wear a bathing suit or towel, which are almost always comfortable, breathable and light.


[1] Kellett N, Reilly LR, & Russell BA. (2005). “Study to Determine the Efficacy of Combination LED Light Therapy (633nm and 830 nm) in Facial Skin Rejuvenation.” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, J Cosmet Laser Ther, December 2005, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16414908.

[2] (2006). “Acne: Overview.” ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, 16 January 2013, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279211/.

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