22 Reasons You Actually Need To Get Inside A Sauna Right Now

Well done, Finland.

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1. Saunas are hands down the greatest thing to come out of Finland.

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2. There are over 2 million saunas there.

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And Finland's population is just 5.3 million. So pretty much every Finnish household has a sauna.

3. Saunas are toasty warm.

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Finns traditionally take a sauna - which is heated to between 80-110°C - in the evening, after washing.

4. And their wood fires smell really lovely.

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5. Especially if you put a few drops of essential oils into the water before throwing it onto the kiuas.

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Throwing water onto the hot stones above the sauna's fire creates löyly, a type of steam that increases warmth and humidity.

6. There's basically nothing more relaxing than lying back in a sauna after a long day's work.

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The heat of a sauna even relaxes muscles and soothes joint aches.

7. Plus, it improves your circulation and encourages your body to release endorphins.

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8. But the best part of taking a sauna is popping out for a dip in the lake.

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10. Of course, once you've had a dip, you'll need to warm up again.

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11. Saunas also cleanse your skin.

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12. In Eastern Finland, sauna goers often beat their bodies with vihta, which are bunches of silver birch leaves.

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This also relaxes muscles and has a soothing effect on itchy mosquito bites.

13. Of course, if you get too hot, it's probably best to have another dip.

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14. And enjoy Finland's beautiful scenery.

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15. Before warming up again.

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16. Saunas are even incredible in the winter.

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17. And you can still go for a dip if you cut a hole into the ice covering the lake.

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18. There's no better way to follow a sauna than with an ice cold beer.

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19. Or, depending on the time of year, a warm cup of coffee.

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21. So just sit back and enjoy the sunset.

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