I Tried An Infrared Sauna And The Benefits Were Real—And Sweaty


Get your glow on

I'm going to get this out of the way first: I love to sweat. I understand this is not a common sentiment. I understand that I'm a freak. But still: I love to sweat. There's a few reasons for this. One is that I like to be hot, like really hot. When everyone else is complaining during the dog days of August about how sticky it is and how overwhelmed they are, I nod along and everything because I like to fit in with society's conventions occasionally, but on the inside, I'm not nodding. On the inside, I'm thinking about how glorious it is not to be shivering and miserable and how much I love to feel the heat on every part of my skin and have my body cool itself down in such a way that water is emitting from my own skin, bathing me in a natural dewiness that has me feeling like the very definition of the word glow.

And it's not just New-York-City-in-the-summer sweat that I love. Post-exercise or really post-any type of physical exertion sweat brings with it its own pleasures; there's the accompanying endorphin rush and the feeling of completion and exhaustion. Not, like, exhaustion in the sense of being tired, but rather in the sense of having expended every last bit of yourself in the effort to do something greater than what you'd normally do, leading to a moment of collapse and a feeling of acceptance, like you've succumbed to something bigger than yourself and now all that's left is for you to lie there in a puddle of your own secreted energy. Sweating just feels like the ultimate release; it's our body's way of regulating itself and it's beautiful and, as stated above, I fucking love it.

All of which is to say that I've been interested in trying out an infrared sauna for awhile, and with the current cold, gray world by which I'm surrounded, there seemed to be no better time to go someplace where I could sweat out all that I'd been keeping inside. Infrared saunas have been receiving quite a bit of attention lately; the New York Times covered their popularity in an article last August, and this type of sauna is now a favorite of everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio to just about every model you'll see on Instagram. But while infrared saunas might seem like nothing more than the latest wellness trend, the technology of infrared heating has actually been around since the middle of the 20th century, when, the Times explained, it was "pioneered... for use in hospitals, mostly in Europe and Japan, to speed the healing of wounds and to warm premature babies." But as with many former medical-only treatments, infrared technology soon became utilized for personal consumption, with devotees sweating in personal units in order to help with everything from detoxification to weight loss to clearer skin to help with joint pain. I had to try this out for myself.

In New York City, the place to go for all things infrared is the East Village's HigherDOSE (the "DOSE" stands for dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins), which provides a serene environment in which to strip down and glow up. Founded by Lauren Berlingeri and Katie Kaps, HigherDOSE has become a go-to spot for infrared-lovers because it feels like a genuine haven in a city known for its hustle; a visit there provides a unique opportunity to relax and expel whatever has been ailing you, from the inside out. The benefits of infrared technology are medical, with studies showing that conditions like asthma, high blood pressure and arthritis aided by the therapy, and with other cited benefits including things like muscular pain relief and a boost for the circulatory system. Plus, an infrared sauna's heat level is achieved via the emission of light waves which release heat from within a person's body, rather than externally. This is a far more gentle process than with traditional saunas, and makes for a less extreme (though no less sweaty) experience.

I arrived at HigherDOSE on a blustery and bleak morning, but began to feel better almost immediately as I descended into the calm, gently scented space. I was soon shown to a private room, papered in a dark, lush floral design that made me feel like I was in a Lana Del Rey video. The intimate space held a wooden infrared sauna booth where I was soon to sit alone for the next 60 minutes. This is... a long time! I rarely do anything for 60 straight minutes, but I wasn't particularly intimidated by this stretch of time because HigherDOSE's saunas have heat-proof cabinets wherein you can plug your phone into the provided aux cord and thus have music or podcasts or whatever to listen to the whole time (I put on Lana, obviously), and I'd brought a book with me anyway. But to be honest, once I was alone and naked in that hot little wooden box, with "Young and Beautiful" playing in the background and the therapeutic lights set alternately to red and blue (these colors, I've been told, offer the most real benefits and provide, respectively, increased energy and a sense of calm and peace), I didn't so much read as I did close my eyes and relax into the heat.

And what heat it was! Within mere minutes of stepping into the booth and shedding my towel, my skin felt like it was vibrating and beads of water began to form on every part of my body. The heat never felt oppressive; I felt bound to it, in a way, like my body was working in concert with it to rid itself of anything undesired. And as the moisture left my body, I concentrated on clearing my head. I worked on vanquishing all the troubling thoughts I'd brought with me that morning (most of them election-related, to be honest), and instead focused on nothing external, only the internal, paying attention to every part of myself in turn. It felt clearing and liberating. The hour passed by quickly, and when it was over, I felt a very real sense of elation, the kind of high experienced after a long run or lots of sex. (It is no coincidence that I felt similarly after my experience in an LED light bed; the benefits of sweat are real and beautiful.) I felt like I was floating, but my mind also felt clear and completely sharp. I felt ready to take on the day, and it didn't hurt that my skin had an otherworldly glow that stayed put for days. Even my recently sprained ankle had stopped hurting. It was a beautiful thing, a hot and sticky way to start the day that I couldn't wait to do again.

Find out more about the infrared sauna at HigherDOSE here


Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube

Photos by Joe Maher/Getty Images, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME

Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

Screenshot via YouTube, Photo Courtesy of HBO

"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video)

Photo by Emma McIntyre / Getty Images.

See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.