Three Ways You Can Incorporate More “Heat” in Your Beauty Regimen

saunaWhen we hear the famous question, “can you feel the burn?”, a lot of us expect to be drenched in sweat trying to follow instructions from a younger, livelier-than-humanly-possible director leading our exercise routine promising to get flatter abs, toning up thighs, and many other expeditions.  The Korean culture has found other ways in which heat can be useful, and for one highly unexpected reason – boosting beauty.  While we fuse about what kind of ingredients our beauty products have, Korean women find a legit selling point in the ‘temperature’ of a product.  At least one-degree increase in temperature applied to your skin is researched to increase sebum production by up to 10 %.  Sebum is a mechanism that lubricates your skin and hair and helps preserve those natural oils that give you a subtle glow.  How? Heat. Heat is a great resource to expel your skin and your body of toxins.  

  1. Invigorate the exfoliation process.  You know you are getting a good quality exfoliation when the products you use run deep enough to get rid of black heads that reside deep in the pores.  A natural product you can use that accumulates heat after application is charcoal – a similar derivative to the charcoal we know in fire pits, but don’t be fooled.  This product in the last 2-3 years has been picking up speed in the beauty market.  There are now a lot of products that contain them.  To treat your skin deeply, purchase a facial mask that is made out of charcoal.  Most local convenient beauty supply stores contain charcoal face masks at very affordable prices.
  2. Aromatherapy infused with heat.  This is probably the most relaxing treatments you can do with the infusion of heat.  You can get a cotton cloth towel or Egyptian cotton and soak it in warm water and ring out to excess water.  Add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil for aroma and lay down in a comfortable position for up to 30 minutes.  Your pores will be opened, and cleansed, all while you clear your mind and senses.  
  3. DPL Therapy.  As we age, the collagen and elastin that keeps our skin supple begins to degrade- setting the foundation or wrinkles.  DPL Therapy users a form of energy called photon in order to deeply penetrate your skin, more than any topical treatment could.  Red light is used to activate skin cells and promote blood circulation.  Then infrared light is absorbed by the skin and uses that energy to increase the “fibroblast” cell activity – all in which increases the production of collagen and elastin in your skin.  

As far as heat in beauty, moderation is key.  Too much heat, as you can imagine, can be gravely damaging.  If you’re unsure about the frequency or extent to which you use heat in your beauty routine, please consult your dermatologist.