This New Type of Sauna Promises to Heal Skin And Help You Lose Weight

We all know that when it comes to our skin that the sun is enemy number-one. Not only can it increase your risk of skin cancers, but it can also lead to unwanted pigment, redness, photodamage and accelerated signs of aging.

A modern iteration of the wood-paneled sauna and infrared wraps melded into one, the futuristic-looking (the top lifts up so you can lay down inside on the far infrared mat and then closes) SaunaPod employs infrared light therapy without heating the surrounding air to help detox skin without making you feel like your sweating it out in a hot box. “Because your head is resting outside of the pod, you have access to fresh air and much-needed oxygen for the most efficient and effective detox possible,” says Jourdan Rystrom, director and transformation coach at SaunaBar.


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Acting as a natural sunburn remedy, the pods work to decrease inflammation in the skin and speed up healing time, too. Rystrom explains that the treatment helps to undo skin damage because of the light therapy instilled in the device. “There are red lights located along the top of the pod that hit all parts of the body during a session. They penetrate deep into the epidermis and work to heal on a cellular level.” 

Besides giving the skin a gorgeous glow and detoxing the body by expelling toxins and improve circulation, spending a single 30- to 40-minute session (done three times a week) in a SaunaPod can burn upward of 600 calories. Lined with 440 healing jade stones, Rystrom says that because your inner body temperature is heated up, your body has the same response it does to a cardio workout. Celebrities like Jessica Alba, Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga, Cindy Crawford, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Kim Kardashian are all well-aware of the benefits of the SaunaPod and are proponents of it, too. So, for as much as it sounds like weird science, it works.

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