Someone asked me a question recently whether they should use the sauna or the steam room first after their gym session. Now that we think about it, no one has ever taught us on how to fully utilize the sauna and steam room facilities. Usually, we just sit in the rooms and wonder if we’re able to sweat all of the fats and toxic off our bodies.
Knowing the right way to use these rooms will get you more out of those sweat sessions while reaping some of its health benefits too! Sometimes you might sweat more in the sauna and steam room than your usual workouts. Also, we love how our skin glows after using these rooms!
To help you get more out of those sweat sessions, here are 5 beginner tips on how to use both sauna and steam room:
- Always drink a lot of water before entering and after using any of these rooms to avoid dehydration. In fact, you can bring a bottle of water with you so you can have a sip whenever you’re feeling thirsty.
- Planning to head to the sauna or steam room after working out? Take a light shower to wash off your sweat and grime (wipe your body dry too!) before entering. Not only it’s more hygienic, your skin will have a clean surface to absorb more of the heat and steam, and detox more efficiently.
- You don’t need to force yourself to stay long in the sauna and steam room if you can’t handle the heat and humidity. Leave the room to cool down for a while before entering again if you start to feel uneasy.
- With a clean and dry body, you can choose to head to the sauna for some dry heat therapy (15-20 minutes) first or the steam room (10-15 minutes) for a more moisturizing treat. After that sweat session, cool down with a cold water dip/shower to boost your body’s circulation and lose less body heat.
Tips: It’s recommended to do that cycle for 2-3 times to get the benefits but if you’re a beginner, do it once then slowly build it up to avoid giving your body a shock. If a cold water shower is difficult, try doing a warm to lukewarm rinse instead as you slowly get used to cold showers.
- Give your mane a nice pampering session too when you’re in the steam room by putting on a hair mask before you enter the room. The steam will help the product to penetrate into your hair strands better and stimulate hair growth too since it increases the circulation of your scalp. (But if you’re just having a shower at home, you can try these 5 DIY Hair Mask Recipes!)
Lastly, here’s a Pamper.my PSA: you should always abide by the safety and hygiene rules to keep the rooms clean and safe for everyone else to enjoy. If you have a medical condition, do consult your doctor before entering these rooms.
You should always abide by the safety and hygiene rules to keep the rooms clean and safe for everyone else to enjoy. If you have a medical condition, do consult your doctor before entering these rooms.
Do you prefer to relax in the sauna or the steam room?
Related: What Are The Health Benefits Of A Sauna & Steam Room
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