As entwined as bathhouse culture has become with modern day wellness, the practice of using heat to release toxins is actually tens of thousands of years old, dating back to the Neolithic Age when nomadic tribes would find relief from the bitter cold by soaking in the natural hot springs they discovered as they roamed the earth.

One of the world’s earliest known public baths was built in the Indus Valley around 2500 BC in the lost city of Mohenjo-daro (now present day Pakistan), but the english word Sauna is actually borrowed from the Finnish translation "hot steam bath". Saunas are omnipresent in Finland! Nearly all Finns take a sauna at least once a week and many families even own portable saunas to take on camping trips!

Whether you call it a sauna, sweat lodge, hammam, onsen, jimjilbang or banya, the therapeutic advantages are clear and ubiquitous. Primary benefits include increased cardiovascular health, brain function and memory. The resultant improved circulation can also help reduce pain, joint stiffness and pain from arthritis, and the sweating helps the body flush accumulated toxins. And we are all sure to feel the immediate impact on our mood. Taking quiet time to chill is blissful in itself and the increased heat triggers a release of endorphins which results in a more relaxed and happier you.

Because you will surely sweat, you likely want to enter a sauna free of makeup, lotions and oils, but should you like to refresh yourself and restore skin hydration lost through sweating, we can highly recommend bringing REFRESH Face Mist into the sauna or having it waiting for you immediately outside. As the temperature rises, your pores will open, making it a great time to deliver wound-healing, hydrating and pore-clearing nutriment to the skin.

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