Body peeling in the sauna – what should I keep in mind?


The sauna body scrub is a unique treatment that combines the relaxing benefits of a sauna with the skin-health benefits of a scrub. It makes your skin firmer, more supple and healthier looking.

A body scrub treatment in the sauna offers many benefits. It all starts with the fact that the heat in the sauna opens the pores on the skin, making it easier to remove dead skin cells. Combined with the right scrub product, this process can help to renew and hydrate the skin, giving it a younger and healthier appearance.

Why sauna body peeling is effective

Body scrubbing in the sauna is particularly effective due to the unique conditions that the sauna offers. The main scientific principles that prove this are:

  1. Dilation of pores: The heat in the sauna causes the pores of the skin to dilate, which allows the peeling products to penetrate deeper and remove dead skin cells more effectively.
  2. Improved blood circulation: The sauna stimulates blood circulation, which increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. This increases the effectiveness of the peeling process, helping the skin to renew itself more quickly.

These two factors make sauna body peeling one of the most effective ways to improve the appearance and condition of the skin.

How to choose a body scrub for the sauna

Choosing the right body scrub product for the sauna is key to achieving optimal results. Some key ingredients to look out for are salts, sugars and oils.

  1. Salt: Salt-based scrubs are ideal for those who want a stronger exfoliating effect. Sea salt, in particular, is known for its exceptional mineral properties that can help nourish and refresh the skin.
  2. Sugar: Sugar scrubs are slightly gentler, making them an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin. Sugar also has natural moisturising properties that help keep skin soft and smooth.
  3. Oils: Scrubs containing oils, such as jojoba oil or coconut oil, can further moisturise the skin during the exfoliation process.
  4. Honey: Honey-based scrubs are a great alternative for those looking for natural, moisturising ingredients. Honey is known for its antibacterial and moisturising properties, which can help keep skin healthy and hydrated. When it is combined with other ingredients, such as sugar, it creates an effective but gentle scrub. Honey contains natural antioxidants that can help protect the skin from free radical damage. In addition, its natural soothing properties make it ideal for those with sensitive skin. Not only is a honey-based scrub effective, but it also provides additional benefits to the skin due to its unique properties.

Different brands offer different body scrub products for the sauna, so take some time to understand which product will be most suitable for your skin type and personal preferences.

Preparing for a body scrub in the sauna

Here are some steps to help you prepare for it:

  1. Purchase the right scrub product: Prepare your chosen scrub product. Remember that some products are specially formulated for use in the sauna, so it’s worth investing in one that suits your individual needs and preferences.
  2. Cleansing: The first step is to cleanse your skin thoroughly. You can do this in the shower with a gentle soap or body gel. This process will help remove any residual oil or dirt from the surface of the skin, allowing you to apply the scrub more effectively.
  3. Moisturise: Apply a light lotion or moisturiser to your skin before going to the sauna. Moisturising the skin before the scrub can help maintain the skin’s protective barrier and prevent excessive dryness.
  4. Hydration: It is important to be adequately hydrated before you start your scrub. Drink plenty of water before and after your sauna visit. This will help avoid dehydration, which can occur as a result of the extreme temperatures in the sauna.
  5. Preparing the sauna: Make sure the sauna is properly heated before you start your body scrub. The ideal temperature for body scrubbing in the sauna is around 70-80 degrees Celsius.

Following these steps will help you achieve the best results from your sauna body scrub. Remember that everyone is different, so what works for one person may not work for another. The key is to experiment and find the routine that best suits your skin type and lifestyle.

Is it better to perform peeling in the sauna or after the sauna?

Peeling, i.e. exfoliation of the skin, can be performed both in the sauna and after leaving the sauna. Each method has its advantages and may depend on individual preference and skin type. Here is a comparison of the two methods:

  • Peeling in the sauna: Doing a scrub in the sauna allows you to benefit from the heat and steam, which opens the pores and facilitates the removal of dead skin cells. In addition, the heat helps to absorb nutrients from the scrub product. This, in turn, can increase the effectiveness of the scrub while improving the overall condition of the skin. However, it is worth bearing in mind that intense heat may not be suitable for those with very sensitive skin, as it can cause irritation.
  • Peeling after the sauna: Doing a scrub after leaving the sauna also has its benefits. The skin is still warm after the sauna and the pores are open, making exfoliation easier. Also, the process of cooling the body after the sauna can help to minimise any skin irritation. Additionally, scrubbing after the sauna allows for a more controlled application of the product, as we don’t have to worry about the product drying out quickly through the hot sauna air.

Both methods are effective and choosing between them depends on individual preference. Whichever method is chosen, the most important thing is to moisturise the skin properly after the scrub to protect its protective barrier and maintain the effects of the scrub.

Step by step: How to make a body scrub in the sauna

Application of the scrub

  1. Once your skin has been properly prepared, enter the heated sauna and let your body get used to the heat for a few minutes.
  2. Then take your scrub product and start massaging it gently into your skin. Start with your feet and then move on to your upper body. Use circular motions to increase circulation and stimulate the skin.

Timing and technique

  1. Allow the scrub to work on the skin for about 10-15 minutes. Remember to avoid sensitive skin such as the eye area.
  2. During this time, you can continue to gently massage the scrub in, especially on areas that need extra attention such as elbows, knees and feet.

Rinse off

  1. After 10-15 minutes, leave the sauna and gently rinse the scrub off your body in a cool shower. The cool water will help close your pores and calm your skin.
  2. After rinsing off, apply a moisturising cream or lotion to keep your skin soft and hydrated.

Remember that each person’s skin reacts differently, so it’s important to observe your skin’s reaction to the scrub and adjust the process to suit your individual needs.

After the scrub

Here are some steps to take after a body scrub in the sauna:

  • After rinsing off the scrub and drying your skin, apply a rich moisturising cream or lotion. Scrubbing can sometimes dry out the skin, so it is important to moisturise well. Choose products with natural ingredients to help moisturise your skin and provide essential nutrients.
  • A sauna visit forces water out of the body through sweat, so it is important to remember to drink plenty of water before, during and after the sauna. Especially after peeling, the skin needs hydration not only from the outside, but also from the inside.
  • Skin can be more sensitive to the sun after a scrub, so always use sunscreen when you plan to be outside.
  • Allow your skin to rest and recuperate after peeling. Avoid intense workouts and excessive sweating for at least a few hours after peeling.


Frequently asked questions

How often can I do a body scrub in the sauna?

The frequency of body scrubbing in the sauna depends on your skin type and personal preference. Generally, it is safe to do a body scrub once a week. If you have very sensitive skin, you may choose to do a scrub every fortnight. Remember to always listen to your body and adjust your routine according to its needs.

Can I use any scrub product?

It is best to use exfoliating products that have been specially formulated for use in the sauna. These products tend to be more heat resistant and have a better effect on the skin in such an environment.

Is sauna peeling safe for all skin types?

Sauna body scrubs are generally safe for most skin types. For those with very sensitive or irritated skin, it is always advisable to consult a dermatologist or skin care specialist before undergoing this type of treatment. For all skin types, it is important to always take precautions such as properly moisturising the skin and protecting it from the sun after the peel. If you have a skin condition, you may need to avoid saunas altogether.

What should I do if my skin reacts negatively to a sauna scrub?

If your skin reacts negatively to the peel - for example, through redness, irritation or dryness - stop using the product and give your skin time to recover. You can also consult a dermatologist or skincare specialist for advice on proper skin care after peeling.

Should I use a body brush when scrubbing in the sauna?

Yes, using a body brush can improve the effectiveness of a sauna scrub, but it depends on the individual skin's response to this practice. Dry brushing, i.e. before applying the ingredients of the scrub, is a technique that helps remove dead skin cells, increases blood circulation and can help reduce cellulite.
However, dry brushing should be done with care. Always use a soft, natural brush and do not press too hard, especially on sensitive areas. Always brush your body in the direction of the heart, which is in line with the natural direction of lymph flow in the body.

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