By Degrees: What IS the Perfect Water Temperature?

While it might seem counter-intuitive to talk about steam showers in the middle of summer, the reality is that a good steam shower knows no season!

There is never a bad time to take a steam shower – the only difference is the temperature outside your bathroom, right? But actually, there might be differences in the temperature inside your shower and we wanted to delve into what those differences are and how they might affect your steam and shower experience.

Is there a “perfect” temperature for a shower?

There’s no absolute rule for how hot a shower should be, but most doctors advise keeping water below 110 degrees. Too hot and you risk stripping the skin of its natural oils leading to dry, itchy skin.

However – when steaming, things are very different; the steam is NOT drying to your skin – in fact – just the reverse!

What is the best temperature for a steam shower?

The best temperature for a steam shower is between 110 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit. At these temperatures, the body’s metabolism rises to the extent where core temperature begins to be regulated. This causes more energy consumption, an increase in circulation, and an increase in heart rate. When you take a steam bath or steam shower under this temperature, health benefits are maximized.

Use a steam shower in this way to augment exercise and health, or use it on its own to relax after a long, stressful day. Regardless of your shower goals – i.e. burn calories, flush toxins, cleanse the skin, or hydrate – this is the temperature to stick with.

What is the best temperature for a traditional sauna?

A traditional sauna stands as one of the hottest rooms you can be in. For some, this will mean intolerable temperatures. For those that can handle it, it can be an addictive activity. The best temperature for a traditional Finnish style sauna is 150 to 195 degrees Fahrenheit (whoa!).

Time spent in a sauna should be closely monitored. At such high temperatures, safety is definitely a concern and it is wise to check with a doctor before embarking on the use of a sauna.

So what’s the temperature needed to produce steam?

As we all learned in science class, water (a liquid) turns to steam (a gas) when it is heated to boiling. This occurs at the temperature of 212 degree Fahrenheit at sea level. In a steam bath it is the generator’s job to heat water to this temperature.

Water passes from a water line into the steam generator. An electric heating element raises the temperature of the water to the boiling point. A pipe moves the steam from the generator to the shower enclosure. The steam is released from an outlet called the steam head. Ta Da!

Of course, being a steam company, we’d like you to understand more about the benefits of steam:

How long should you stay in a steam shower?

The optimal length of time to stay in a steam shower is about 20 minutes. Almost every study analyzing these rooms and their benefits suggests to stay in for 15-20 minutes. Of course, given all the options that are available: Chromatherapy, aromatherapy, music, videos, etc – you may choose to stay in a bit longer, though 20 minutes is still considered the optimal amount of time. It’s all according to how you feel and what you’re looking to achieve.

The biggest benefit of having your personal spa in the privacy of your own home is that you make the rules! And if you choose to take a bracing cold shower after your steam – or vice versa – go for it!!

DISCLAIMER: The information above regarding steam showers, shower systems and applications are recommendations only and users should consult with a physician before use. Caution should be observed to avoid touching the steamhead when in use, and to avoid slipping and falling in the shower area.

 

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