When you increase your body temperature to the point of sweating, it’s like creating an artificial fever. This encourages your internal organs to release excess toxins that are flushed out of the body. This flushing of toxins literally cleans you from the inside out!
Sweat treatments have been used for medicinal and health benefits for thousands of years. History has recorded details of Roman Baths, Turkish Hammams, Russian Banyas, Finnish Saunas, Native American Sweat Lodges and more, many of which are still being used today. Try going into any large gym, country club or hotel without finding a sauna or steam room.
So, how does sweat benefit your skin? Simply put, it encourages detoxification and opens pathways for mineral and nutrient absorption. Your skin is the largest organ. It’s also part of the elimination system. It produces sweat to cool the body’s temperature. In the process, it also turns fat-soluble toxins into water-soluble counterparts so that they can be eliminated through the pores.
A healthy diet and regular exercise is part of any skin care regime. Most of us are encouraged to “work up a sweat” when we hit the gym, take a bike ride, or ‘om’ it up in the yoga studio. Sweating is important in keeping the body healthy, but it also keeps skin smooth and supple. Any toxins lingering in the pores or on the surface of your skin will be eliminated along with the internal toxins on their way out.
Ready to Sweat? Here are some easy ways to include it in your weekly schedule:
Cardio exercise: Running, biking, playing sports, hiking, yoga, working the gym circuit (treadmill, weights, stair stepper)….you get the idea.
Sauna: Keep temperature very warm but not hot. Remove all jewelry and make-up, and excess clothing. Sit in the sauna for as long as it takes to work up a decent sweat (no more than 20 minutes.) Take a cool dip in a cold plunge tub or a cold shower to bring body temp back down. Then return to the sauna for another round of sweating. Repeat this 2 or 3 times.
Steam Room: Same idea as the sauna, but with wet heat instead of dry heat. We love to bring in our favorite facial mask, hair mask or essential oil compress!
Many Resort and Destination Spas have areas dedicated to sweating, so be sure to ask how to take best advantage of these areas before your next trip!
For more information on the benefits of sweating, read this great article from Pure Inside Out.
*Always check with your doctor before any sauna, steam room, or new exercise program to ensure there are no contraindications.