And that’s before you throw in the traditional cold experience straight after a sauna – a plunge in a chilled pool, for example, or rubbing ice on your skin. This activity is not only appealing on a summer’s day, but it’s also healthy for the immune system. The immunostaining effect is due to the fact that the body core temperature increases by up to 1.5 degrees. This stimulates the immune system to fight and kill pathogens.
A sauna is also very beneficial for the skin – and that’s great news for all of us when we’re donning our swimming costumes and hitting the beach. By stimulating the blood flow, nutrients and oxygen are transported to the skin cells, meaning they’re well-nourished and renew quicker. Indeed, scientific studies even suggest that visiting the sauna regularly can slow the ageing of the skin.
And speaking of holidays, you can use the sauna to prepare for a tropical holiday too. In the dry heat of the sauna, as opposed to the more humid climate of a European summer, sweat can evaporate freely on your bare skin and cool the body effectively – and this cooling system works the more effectively the better it’s "trained".