Don’t stay in the sauna for too long. Your body’s core temperature will already be raised on hot summer days, and your body simply won’t cope with long stints in the sauna. Even regular sauna users should limit each sauna visit to no more than 10–15 minutes.
Avoid physical exertion before and after having a sauna.
After sunbathing, cool off for 10 minutes before going into the sauna.
Rinse sun cream off in the shower before taking a sauna, so it doesn’t block your pores and cause irritation and heat build-up in your skin.
Peelings are a great thing. Note, however, that you don’t need to peel more than once a week – and afterwards, you must increase your level of sun protection.
Rest periods between sauna visits are particularly important because, despite cooling, the body absorbs heat stored in a time-delayed manner. This process is slowed when outside temperatures are higher, meaning a 30-minute rest period after a sauna becomes essential.
Avoid direct sun when resting – lie down in the shade. This helps the body to return to its ideal temperature.
Drinking water is very important. For an average sauna visit with three intervals, the body needs 2 litres of water. In the summer, it’s already advisable to drink at least 2 litres of water day; when you’re using the sauna too, this goes up to about 4 litres.
Shower regularly, especially before you get into the pool, to keep the facilities fresh and clean for other members.