Off to the sun after the sauna? What dermatologists say about it!

Enjoy the sun, but take care of your skin. Sauna visits and sun are a nice combination, but also a stressful one for your skin. What do dermatologists say about it?
Effects of sauna and sun on the skin
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Effects of sauna and sun on the skin

Before you head out into the sun after a relaxing sauna session, you should be aware of the potential effects on your skin. This is because the heat of the sauna makes your skin more sensitive and susceptible to damage from too much sunlight. Dermatologists warn of the negative consequences and therefore recommend proper protection. A high SPF is essential to protect your skin from UV radiation.

Wearing appropriate clothing can also help protect your skin from damage. This is because sunburns and other damage can have long-term consequences and increase the risk of skin cancer. Learn more about the effects of sauna and sun on your skin and protect yourself and your skin from the negative consequences.

The positive effects of sun exposure

A pleasant stay in the sun can work wonders! Not only does sunlight produce vitamin D, which is important for building bones and strengthening the immune system, but it can also provide relief from skin conditions such as psoriasis or neurodermatitis. But caution is advised: Too long and unprotected sunbathing can lead to skin damage, premature skin aging and, in the worst case, skin cancer. Therefore, we should enjoy the sun in moderation and protect ourselves with suitable sunscreens.

And even after a sauna session, we should not go directly into the blazing sun, but slowly get used to the sun’s rays. Dermatologists advise us to stay in the shade during the midday hours and to make sure we drink enough fluids. This is the only way to enjoy the sun to the fullest and protect our health at the same time!

The dangers of UV radiation

It is well known that too much solar radiation can damage the skin. But many people underestimate the danger of UV radiation. This can not only lead to unpleasant sunburns, but also increase the risk of skin cancer. Particularly dangerous are the UV-A rays, which penetrate deeper into the skin and can cause damage. You should also protect yourself from UV rays when in a solarium, because artificial irradiation also increases the risk of skin cancer.

Adequate sun protection when outdoors and regular visits to the dermatologist are therefore essential in order to detect any skin changes at an early stage. To stay healthy in the long term, we need to be aware of how important it is to protect our skin from harmful UV radiation.

Dermatological recommendations for proper sun exposure

It’s a beautiful summer day and the sun is beaming down from the sky. But before you head out into the sun unprotected, take what dermatologists have to say to heart. A healthy tan looks beautiful, but it should never come at the expense of your health. To prevent skin damage and premature aging, experts recommend sunbathing properly and protecting your skin with appropriate clothing and sunscreen.

Above all, you should avoid the sun at midday, because that’s when it shines the strongest. But even in the shade, you can get up to 50% of UV radiation, so you should take protective measures here as well. If you are not sure how much sun is healthy for your skin, you should consult a dermatologist for individual advice. This is the only way to ensure that you enjoy the sun wisely and that your skin remains healthy.

The risks of sun exposure after sauna

If you go out in the sun immediately after a sauna session, you are putting your skin at increased risk. The heat in the sauna increases the sensitivity of your skin, meaning it is more sensitive to external factors such as UV radiation. This makes your skin more susceptible to damage such as sunburn, premature aging and even the risk of skin cancer.

UV rays can damage DNA in skin cells and cause inflammation and redness. In addition, the combination of heat and sunlight can lead to increased moisture loss from the skin, resulting in dryness and possibly flaking.

Sunburn not only causes short-term discomfort such as pain and redness, but can also have long-term effects. Repeated sunburns increase the risk of skin cancer and contribute to premature skin aging, including wrinkling, pigment changes and loss of skin elasticity.

Therefore, dermatologists strongly recommend taking proper protective measures after using the sauna before exposing oneself to the sun. This includes using a high SPF sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen liberally to all exposed skin areas and reapply regularly, especially after sweating or contact with water.

In addition to sunscreen, wearing protective clothing such as hats, sunglasses and long-sleeved clothing with UV protection can help protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Also, be sure to stay out of direct sunlight during the sunniest hours of the day, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

How to find a healthy balance

Finding a healthy balance between sauna and sun requires conscious and responsible behavior. Here are some steps that can help you do that:

  • Scheduling: plan your sauna visits and time in the sun carefully. Try to leave enough time between the two activities to allow your skin to recover.
  • Limit your stay in the sun: avoid prolonged stays in the blazing sun, mainly during the hours of high sun exposure. If you still want to be in the sun, sit in the shade or wear protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen: always apply a high SPF sunscreen before going out in the sun. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and apply it liberally to all exposed skin areas. Remember to reapply regularly, mainly after sweating or contact with water.
  • Protective clothing: Wear long-sleeved clothing, a hat and sunglasses to further protect your skin from direct sunlight. Opt for clothing with UV protection to keep out harmful rays.
  • Skin care after sauna: After a sauna session, it is important to moisturize and soothe your skin. Use a gentle, moisturizing lotion or after-sun products to soothe the skin and balance moisture loss.
  • Pay attention to physical reactions: Pay attention to your skin’s signals. If you notice any unusual reactions, such as redness, itching or skin irritation, during or after a sauna or sunbathing session, avoid the sun and see a dermatologist.
  • Regular skin exams: Have your skin examined regularly by a dermatologist to detect possible skin damage early. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent more serious complications.

By following these steps and practicing conscious behavior in the sauna and in the sun, you can find a healthy balance and protect your skin in the best way possible. Please note that every skin reacts differently, so pay attention to your own skin’s needs and act accordingly.

Conclusion: balance between sun and sauna protects the skin

In conclusion, a balance between sauna and sun can actually help protect your skin. While sauna promotes blood circulation and thus ensures healthy skin, moderate sunbathing can increase vitamin D levels in the body and thus strengthen the immune system. However, adequate sun protection is essential to prevent damage from UV rays.

Taking good care of your skin after sauna sessions and sunbathing is also important to keep it healthy and glowing. Dermatologists also recommend not overdoing it in both the sauna and the sun, and paying attention to the individual needs of your own skin. So a balance between sauna and sun can definitely have a positive effect on the skin – provided you use it responsibly.

  • American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) – The official website of the American Academy of Dermatology provides comprehensive information on skin health, sun protection and skin care. (Website:
  • Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF) – The Skin Cancer Foundation is a leading organization specializing in the prevention, detection and treatment of skin cancer. It provides science-based information on the effects of sunlight and UV radiation on the skin, as well as advice on sun protection. (Website:
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) – The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). NIOSH provides extensive information on the effects of heat, sunlight, and ultraviolet radiation on the skin and makes recommendations for protecting skin in occupational settings. (Website:
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