If you believe that beauty and health are inextricably linked (duh!), there’s no better time to be alive. From facial acupuncture to cryotherapy, the wellness space continues to expand in every direction. The hottest trend to hit the market? Infrared saunas. But what exactly is this steamy practice that has celebs, Instagram influencers, and—not to mention—brides taking sweaty selfies?
Let’s start with the basics...
Infrared saunas use light energy—which we feel as heat—to gradually raise the core body temperature. Vibrating molecules loosen deeply stored toxins through sweat. This flushes out heavy metals, environmental pollutants, alcohol, etc. A sizzling session also optimizes blood circulation and floods the body with fresh nutrients. Unsurprisingly, devotees tout detoxification and rejuvenation among the myriad of health benefits.
“Infrared both relaxes and nourishes muscles. So, it’s great for healing, soreness relief, and recovery,” explains Lauren Berlingeri, co-founder of HigherDOSE. Research suggests that this type of “hyperthermic conditioning” enhances endurance, improves performance, and releases Human Growth Hormone (HGH). No wonder trainers and professional athletes are such big fans.
Of course, many folks focus on the weight loss potential. This torrid treatment purport to stimulate metabolism and burn up to 600 calories in a single visit.
If that’s not enough to make you strip down, consider the prettifying perks—which include purifying skin, reducing inflammation, and increasing collagen production. “Because infrared simulates the effects of being in the sun (without harmful UV rays), clients leave with that dewy, post-vacation glow.”
“Beyond the positive physical effects, it triggers the release of happiness chemicals—dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins—in the brain,” says Berlingeri. This could be a total plus for brides who need to de-stress from all the hectic wedding planning. The best part? You'll feel the results immediately: a 30-minute session is great for a quick mood boost.
Want to heighten your infrared sauna experience? HigherDOSE has a florid fix—chromotherapy. This ancient concept combines color and light to restore energy balance. Each hue is associated with specific properties related to the chakras. Feeling sluggish? Soak in the energizing power of red. Dealing with wedding-related stress? Green is great for calming the nervous system. Plug in your iPhone, listen to some tunes, and let everything else just melt away. Wondering what to do afterwards? Be sure to drink lots of water (you should beforehand, too)! Berlingeri also likes to jump in an icy shower for a dose of hot-cold therapy.
Can’t journey to HigherDOSE? The company recently launched an infrared sauna blanket, so brides can reap the same sweaty rewards at home.
The final verdict? We’re in an era of increased wellness awareness. “Living a healthy life, constantly striving to be the best versions of ourselves...sometimes it all becomes, well, exhausting,” acknowledges Berlingeri. So, what sets infrared saunas apart from other trends? Aside from just the long list of benefits, it’s the utterly meditative aspect. People truly enjoy the experience. Give it a try. You might just realize this hot technology is totally worth the hype.