Turn up the heat on your luxury relaxation.

Steam rooms and saunas offer a myriad of benefits, from opening your pores to loosening your muscles so you can unwind. At Sky Condos, our His and Hers Spa boasts both a steam room and a sauna, which allows you to really relax after a long day at work or a satisfying workout in our fitness center. But how do you choose where to unwind?

While both rooms rely on heat, they work in different ways to create their own unique experience. Read on to discover the differences between a steam room and a sauna so you can find the right relaxation spot for you.

Steam Room

In a steam room, a generator boils water and releases the steam into the air. This steam remains trapped in the airtight room, creating an atmosphere of 100% humidity and causing water to condense on the walls. Steam rooms are usually 110 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, but because your sweat doesn’t evaporate in the high humidity, it feels even hotter.

The humidity of a steam room can help lessen congestion in your sinuses and lungs, as well as alleviate allergy symptoms. If you have dry skin, the wet heat can also act as a moisturizer — unlike the dry heat of the sauna, which could aggravate this kind of skin condition.

Sauna

In a sauna, a heater warms rocks that radiate dry heat into the room. Sometimes, you can pour water over the rocks to produce steam, but the level of humidity will still remain quite low.  Saunas are not airtight, but have a vent that allows fresh air inside, which affects the indoor environment. Generally, the humidity level is between 5% and 30% and the temperature is between 160 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you suffer from asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, or another condition that might be bothered by humidity, then saunas are a better choice for you. If your skin is excessively oily, the dry heat may also be preferable.

Shared Benefits

Both steam rooms and saunas have numerous health benefits. Perhaps the biggest benefit is the relaxation of your body and mind. The heat promotes a sense of calm and helps to reduce stress. Even though a sauna is typically much hotter than a steam room, your body may feel they are the same temperature because of the marked difference in humidity.

These rooms are great for relaxing muscles and joints, making them a helpful addition to your exercise routine. Visit the steam room or sauna before your workout to prevent injury, or after you’ve finished any physical activity to lessen muscle soreness. Your body will thank you the next day!

Steam rooms and saunas also improve blood circulation, which can lead to improved heart health and lower blood pressure. But it’s not just the inside of your body that benefits. The heat also causes your body to sweat, which opens your pores and can give your skin a healthy glow.

Grab Your Towel

Both saunas and steam rooms can improve your physical and mental health. Whichever one you choose really depends on your personal preference and physical needs. If you’re struggling to decide which room to use, why not experiment at our sumptuous spa!

At Sky Condos, we offer luxury living unlike anything else on the Las Vegas Strip. Contact us today to schedule a tour and see our beautiful residences and state-of-the-art amenities for yourself.