As you prep for winter, there might be a key element that you’ve been missing: An infrared sauna blanket. Not sure what that is, or the benefits? You’ve come to the right place. Below, we break down the powerful wellness tool, and the reasons why it’s beneficial.
What is an infrared sauna blanket?
Infrared sauna blankets have been around for the last several years, but have been gaining speed throughout the pandemic. Its ability to recreate a sauna treatment at home is designed for a spa-grade intensity of infrared light that penetrates the tissue without the overheating sensation of a traditional sauna.
In the shape of a sleeping bag, the blanket cocoons your entire body and can range from 80 to 160 degrees of heat.
Does it help my skin or health?
Although there are several benefits to using an infrared sauna blanket, the most effective is its ability to flush out the bad by detoxifying the body—reducing the inflammation, puffiness, and swelling of the skin. So, with regular use, you’ll have clearer and tighter-looking skin.
Not only that, but it improves the metabolic function for weight loss. It’s also great for those of us dealing with muscle pain, body aches and other athletic side effects.
And for those of us working from home, spending the majority of our day sitting, hovered over a computer, the infrared sauna blanket is for you too. The infrared heat causes the blood vessels to dilate, improving circulation throughout your body.
Are there side effects?
Glad you asked. Sadly, infrared is still so new that there is very little science to back up the claims. However, many doctors and wellness experts swear by it.
How often can I use the blanket?
First of all, before you use it, it’s important to make sure you are properly hydrated. Drink water consistently after your session as well. Experts and brand founders recommend beginners start at 100 degrees Fahrenheit and gradually build up to 150.
You can spend 10 to 15 minutes in the blanket. Once you are feeling more comfortable, you can zip yourself in for 20 to 30 minutes. To feel the benefits, use the blanket up to 3 times a week.
If you’re on the hunt for the best spa gift for a friend or ready to up your wellness routine, an infrared sauna blanket might be just the thing.
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