I’ve been having regular saunas (2-4/week) for 2 years now and
have slowly been hacking my routine to ensure I get the most out of
each session. I figured it was about time to share my sauna routine.
Firstly, I always start with clean skin & hair. Now I don’t mean I wash
my hair directly before I come but I make sure I don’t have any
products in my hair and it is reasonably clean. Also with my skin I
make sure to wipe off any makeup and deodorant or moisturisers before
I hop in the sauna. The cleaner your skin is the more easily you will
sweat, if your skin in layered with makeup & moisturiser you will
hinder the sweating process.
Secondly, I use my dry brush for a few minutes before I hop in. Dry
body brushing boosts circulation and activates the lymphatic system,
it basically wakes up your skin to get ready to start getting rid of
all those toxins. To dry body brush start at your feet and brush long
sweeping motions up your legs, then move to yours arms - always brush
towards the heart! When brushing your torso use small clockwise
Third, I always bring extra towels. Two full sized towels and a
smaller gym sized towel as a minimum - sometimes if my face is a little
sensitive or I’ve had breakouts i'll also bring a small face towel to
wipe my face only. One full sized towel to sit on & a fresh one for
after my session because the one I’ve been sitting on is usually
pretty wet! I use the smaller gym towel to wipe myself down throughout
the session. If you leave the sweat sitting on your skin you are
actually stopping your body from producing more sweat. Think of a hot
humid day, it's very hard to cool down because your sweat doesn’t evaporate
off the body due to the humidity in the air. The sweat tends to sit on top of the skin, not allowing for much more sweat to be produced, and sweat is our body’s way of cooling
A good way to think of it is, if you can feel sweat droplets running
down your face or body you should be giving your whole body a wipe
down with your towel, this way you leave a fresh skin surface to
produce another nice round of sweat….& that’s the aim of the game!!
Another way to allow for maximum sweatiness is what you wear while you sauna
- our rule is “less is best”!! if you are comfortable having your session naked, this is the best way. Of course if you aren’t alone or aren’t comfortable being naked just
remember “less is best” bikini bottoms (or speedos for the guys) is a
good second to being naked.
Now, what I do while I’m in the sauna for my 40 minutes tends to
change from session to session. In a perfect world I would sit back
(always sitting up, not laying down), relax & close my eyes and listen to a 30 minute
meditation, breathing deeply and really switching off. Sometimes I
have some work I need to do which I will allow for the first 20-30
minutes, then I will get rid of my phone and close my eyes and mediate
for the final 10-15 minutes. Other times I will put on some chilled
music and read a good book or a mag (I love Wellbeing Mag!), and
sometimes I indulge in some good old sweaty Netflix and catch up on
whatever show has me hooked!
Post sauna - I always pack some loose comfortable clothing for
afterwards or for sauna bonus points just head straight down to the
beach or to Mahon Pool for a refreshing dip in the ocean.
If you have any of your own sauna hacks send us an email back, we
would love to hear how you get the most out of each session!