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Steam Room or Sauna – What will You Choose?


We all deserve to relax and be pampered. What better way to do this than by visiting a health spa?

Health spas are renowned for aiding your mental and physical well being. Facilities such as saunas and steam rooms are perceived as a paradise of relaxation, but their health benefits can  often be overlooked. Both saunas and steam rooms increase the heartbeat and improve circulation, but they also have their own individual benefits. Continue reading to discover which of the two unwinding environments suits you and your skin best:



The heat from a sauna soothes your nerve endings which helps to warm and relax muscles and in turn, this helps to relieve the tension from your body and minimise joint pains. This is especially beneficial for those that suffer from illnesses such as Arthritis as well as helping to ease painful migraines and headaches.

Saunas can be used as a means of calming the body and relieving it of stress, and if you suffer from Insomnia, this might help to induce sleep. Around 1 in 3 people suffer from mild Insomnia. The heat from the sauna helps the body release endorphins which is the chemical that makes you feel good. This chemical also reduces the effects of stress on the body which can relax you enough to sleep better. The sauna heats up your body, so when you leave and your body begins to cool down, it increases the levels of melatonin that are released. This is a chemical that helps you feel more relaxed and, therefore, allows you to have a deeper sleep.

Steam Room


The steam room helps to open up airways which improves your breathing and alleviates congestion. This is highly beneficial for those that suffer from Asthma and Bronchitis, as it helps with sinus relief. The wet heat from the steam room thins and opens the mucous membranes in the body, which helps to relieve the pressure.

The steam room also increases metabolism and can aid with weight loss. The steam room causes you to sweat, which means that your body is losing water. As water makes up a large part of your body weight, the emission of the sweat will cause you to lose a few pounds. The sweat also helps to remove toxins and cleanses the body, so it’s all good really.

Benefits For Your Skin

In terms of reaping the benefits for your skin, the sauna is better for muscle relaxation and lowering blood pressure whereas the steam room will help with overall detoxification of the body – the preference is yours. Saunas use dry heat whereas steam rooms use moist heat. Both facilities open up your pores, increase blood and lymphatic circulation, which produces hyperaemia, (the reddening of the skin) which will effectively aid in softening your skin. You will notice a healthy pink glow in your skin, which will make you look younger, so not only will you feel good but you will also look rejuvenated.

The steam also helps to clear out any impurities from the skin which is good for people with problematic skin such as those suffering with Acne. Similarly, saunas will help to eradicate blackheads to give you clearer looking skin. That being said, do make sure that you don’t spend too long in there as you may end up dehydrating your skin which will only make it worse!

Be careful not to overdose on the heat, as spending too long in a sauna can lead to excessive thirst and too much time in a steam room can cause dizziness or even a rapid heartbeat.

In addition to steam rooms and saunas, specialist treatments such as body wraps, can aid weight loss and deep tissue massages can help muscle tension relief. Visiting a health spa is good for one’s well being, it not only relaxes the mind and body, but can help with illnesses and decreases stress levels. Upon leaving, you will feel invigorated, in fact you will feel like a whole new person.


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