The Beauty of Sweat - How Perspiration Benefits Your Skin

Updated: Nov 7, 2018

Sweat it Out. When in doubt – go to the Korean Day Spa, buy at least 10 entry passes and then make up every excuse on the planet to get your naked self in there. If you are one of my facial clients, and you are experiencing breakouts or a lackluster complexion, there is no doubt that I have asked you if you exercise, take hot baths, sauna, practice hot yoga, speak in front of large groups of people, or are in menopause; basically, if you profusely perspire! Sweating helps to boost the immune system, flush out excess salt, reduce the chance of kidney stones, and keeps you from overheating. Sweat helps you get rid of toxins in your body. And with that being said, sweating, especially heavy, will cause you to lose water and electrolytes so for all of this to be beneficial, please drink, drink, drink; two to three liters to be precise. Freshly tapped coconut water, alkaline water or just plain filtered spring water are choice beverages. And remember, some of the heating practices described here are cultural practices that begin at an early age guided by experienced elders so always consult with your physician before trying out new wellness regimes.   

The traditional sauna can be traced back to Finland and may have originated as early as 7,000BC! It is like an oven that heats you from the outside in. There are also infrared saunas which heat from the inside out but yield similar results, so either sauna will do your body good. No surprise that the first sauna-skin study analyzed the regular use of a traditional Finnish sauna’s effect on skin versus not partaking at all. Measurements taken of participants’ skin demonstrated that regular sauna not only reduces skin sebum production as measured from the forehead, but also contributes to changes in skin pH regulation.[1] A drop in the skin’s pH observed with sauna could strengthen the skin’s acid mantel creating a more acidic environment making it more difficult for P. acnes to grow compared to the other bacteria on the skin.[1,2]  P. acnes being the main bacterial beastie for creating zits and the lik