If you’re looking for inspiration for health-themed holiday gifts, the Kardashians have put together a complete guide.
Kourtney Kardashian’s wellness website, Poosh, publishes a catalog of gifts related to health and beauty, in which each member of the family offers their best choice.
There’s a $2,500 ‘detoxifying’ home sauna, a $300 scalp massager that’s said to “energize hair follicles,” and a $98 facial wand that fights breakouts.
But speaking to DailyMail.com, experts are skeptical and conclude that the vast majority of family choices will bring virtually no benefit.
The Kardashian klan has released their holiday gift guide for those interested in splurging
Dr. Stuart Fischer, an internal medicine doctor based in New York, is skeptical and suggested that readers include these items on a “pseudoscience Christmas shopping list.”
The first product on the list is a $2,500 home sauna from the Heat Healer brand.
The foldable device, which one lies on for 30 minutes, is said to emit infrared heat that “provides a detoxifying and relaxing sweat.”
Kourtney said: ‘Saunas are part of my wellness routine and I love that saunas have been a part of cultures around the world forever. This one is a little pricey, but still a good price for what you get.
Poosh.com claims that the sauna “takes only 30 minutes to leave the body relaxed, energized and detoxified.”
It features a type of technology called pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (or PEMT) that supposedly awakens the body’s cells, “supporting rejuvenation and recovery.”
Poosh.com, the website for Kourtney’s lifestyle brand, claims that the sauna “takes just 30 minutes to leave the body relaxed, energized and detoxified.”
What’s more, the red LED light is said to help “revitalize” the skin and promote a youthful, radiant glow.
Some studies have suggested that regular sauna use may help keep the heart healthy and prolong life.
However, they are not a good gift for everyone. Children or people who have recently suffered a heart attack, have low blood pressure or are pregnant should avoid them, according to Dr. Wen-Chih “Hank” Wuprofessor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
More than anything, Dr. Fischer says this tool offers nothing you can’t find at a spa or gym for half the price.
The benefits of infrared sauna therapy are said to lie in both the amount of sweat and the effect of heat on the blood vessels under the skin.
Extreme increases in temperature cause blood vessels to dilate or widen, increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin.
StudiesStudies, such as one published in Poland in 2013, show that this helps muscles recover after a workout and can boost the immune system, making it better able to fight off infections.
Some small studies show that blood flow to the skin can have a firming effect, smoothing lines and wrinkles.
But Dr. Fischer said that in terms of detoxification – the process of removing toxic substances from the body – “the jury is still out.”
Dr. Fischer said scalp massage is good, but “for reasons other than blood flow”
He adds: “In extreme heat, the body loses potassium through sweat and this can make people very dizzy if they sit in these temperatures for too long.”
Poosh.com also states that the ‘PEMF Technology’ (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Technology) in the sauna, ‘allows the mitochondria (the power plants at the center of the cell) to awaken, supporting rejuvenation and recovery.’
Dr Fischer said: “God knows how they got to this – there is little evidence to show that this is the case for this technology in general, and the device itself has not undergone high-quality testing.”
Next on the list is a $300 scalp massager from cosmetics brand Laduora.
Fans mocked Kourtney Kardashian last year for suggesting that minerals are superior to chemicals for skin health, when in reality they are the same thing.
Poosh.com claims the device “is the multi-hyphenate of hair care, combining a scalp massage, a red LED light, and the comforting tingle of electrical stimulation to perk up hair follicles and help boost growth.” “.
Dr. Fischer said scalp massage is good, but for different reasons besides stimulating hair follicles and stimulating growth.
He said: ‘It causes relaxation and loss of tension after a hard day’s work. But whether it’s worth that price instead of someone’s hands is up for debate.’
Anabel Kingsley, hair and scalp specialist, told DailyMail.com: “There is some evidence that low laser light therapy can help with hair growth, but it depends on the consistency and the amount of light reaching the hair. the follicles.”
Poosh.com said the $230 humidifier can “help promote deeper sleep, boost immunity, relieve congestion and relieve allergies.”
Kim Kardashian chose a humidifier: the $229 Cloud Cool Mist Humidifier, which she says “naturally moisturizes the air in your home all day long.”
Poosh.com added that the device can “help promote deeper sleep, boost immunity, relieve congestion, and relieve allergies.”
Dr. Fischer said the product would “humidify the air, making it more humid and easier to inhale.”
As for boosting immunity, Dr. Fischer said it was “a good idea,” but he doubted the claims because The function of the immune system “has nothing to do with breathing.”
Poosh.com says of a skin care wand featured in the gift guide: “This multitasking tool can energize skin, reduce redness, and stimulate circulation.”
Kendall, meanwhile, opted for a ‘high frequency wand,’ which costs $98. Poosh.com states, “This multitasking tool can energize skin, reduce redness, and stimulate circulation.”
It contains a variety of wand types, including one that is “excellent for killing bacteria.”
The glass rods contain electrodes that, when placed on the skin, stimulate skin cells, increasing circulation and oxygen to the area, which helps kill bacteria.
Dr. Andrea Suárez, a board-certified dermatologist based in Houston, Texas, added in a recent YouTube video that thermal energy “warms the sebaceous gland,” which, “in theory, destroys bacteria that contributes to acne.
But he cautions: “Honestly, it’s not the most evidence-based for acne.”
“We don’t have any good clinical studies on the use of these high-frequency rods…we really don’t have data to substantiate the claims.”
Cold things, like a contouring ice cube, can reduce inflammation and swelling, temporarily improving facial contours, according to Poosh.
Kendall also selected a contour cube, which uses ice to rub all over your face.
Priced at $24, the Original Pink Contour Cube is claimed to “clear eye bags, reduce inflammation and soothe breakouts” and even provide a “natural face lift.”
However, dermatologists say the benefits of ice therapy for skin are “limited.”
Dr. Dendy Engelman, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York, told Forbes: ‘Homemade cooling tools, like masks or ice rollers, feel good and can help with swelling.
‘Know that there is a limit to what you can achieve.
“These at-home treatments are definitely not as effective as a professional treatment, especially if your goal is to improve skin texture and tone.”