If you’re looking for inspiration for health-themed holiday gifts, the Kardashians have put together an entire guide.
Published on Kourtney Kardashian‘s wellness website, Poosh, is a catalog of health and beauty-related presents – with each family member offering their top pick.
There’s a $2,500 ‘detoxifying’ home sauna, a $300 scalp massager said to ‘energize hair follicles’ and a $98 face wand that fights breakouts.
But speaking to DailyMail.com, experts are skeptical, and conclude that the vast majority of the family’s picks will serve virtually no benefit whatsoever.
The Kardashian klan have released their holiday gift guide for those keen to splurge
Dr Stuart Fischer, an internal medicine physician working in New York, is skeptical, and suggested that readers put these items on a ‘pseudoscience Christmas shopping list.’
The first product on the list is a $2,500 home sauna by the brand Heat Healer.
The collapsable device, which you lie in for 30 minutes, is said to give off infrared heat that ‘gives you a detoxifying and relaxing sweat.’
Kourtney said: ‘Saunas are a part of my wellness routine and I love that saunas have been a part of cultures all around the world forever. This one is a little expensive, but it’s still a good price point for what you get.’
Poosh.com claims the sauna ‘takes only 30 minutes to leave the body feeling 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 the sauna ‘takes only 30 minutes to leave the body feeling relaxed, energized and detoxified’
What’s more, the Red LED Light is said to help ‘revitalize’ skin and promote a youthful, radiant glow.
Regular use of saunas may help keep the heart healthy and extend life, some studies have suggested.
However, they do not make a good gift for everyone. Children or people who have recently had a heart attack, have low blood pressure or are pregnant should avoid them, according to Dr Wen-Chih “Hank” Wu, a professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
More than anything, Dr Fischer says this tool isn’t offering anything you wouldn’t get at a spa or gym for half the price.
The benefits of infrared sauna therapy are said to lie in both the amount you sweat and the effect of heat on the blood vessels under the skin.
Extreme rises in temperature cause blood vessels to dilate or widen, increasing blood flow to the skin’s surface.
Studies, such as one published in Poland in 2013, show that this does help muscles to recover after a workout and can boost the immune system, making you better able to fight infections.
Some small studies show that blood flow to the skin can have a plumping effect, smoothing out lines and wrinkles.
But Dr Fischer said that in terms of detoxification – the process of removing toxic substances from the body – ‘the jury is out.’
Dr Fischer said that scalp massage is good, but ‘for different reasons other than blood flow’
He adds: ‘Under extreme heat conditions, the body loses potassium in sweat and this can cause people to become very dizzy if they sit in these temperatures for too long.’
Poosh.com also claims that the ‘PEMF Technology’ (Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Technology) in the sauna, ‘allows mitochondria [the power houses in the center of cell] to awaken, supporting rejuvenation and recovery.’
Dr Fischer said: ‘Goodness knows how they arrived at this – there is little evidence to prove this is the case for this tech in general, and the device itself has not been subjected to high-quality trials.’
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Poosh.com claims the device ‘is the multi-hyphenate of haircare, combining a scalp massage, red LED light, and the comforting tingle of electrical stimulation to perk up hair follicles and help boost growth.’
Dr Fischer said that scalp massage is good, but for different reasons other than stimulating hair follicles and encouraging growth.
He said: ‘It does cause relaxation and loss of tension after a hard day of work. But whether it’s worth that price instead of someone’s hands is up for discussion.’
Anabel Kingsley, a 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 consistency and how much of the light is reaching the follicles.’
Poosh.com said the $230 humidifier can ‘help promote deeper sleep, boost immunity, relieve congestion, and alleviate allergies’
Kim Kardashian chose a humidifier – the $229 Cloud Cool Mist Humidifier she claims ‘naturally hydrates the air in your home throughout the day.’
Poosh.com added that the device can ‘help promote deeper sleep, boost immunity, relieve congestion, and alleviate allergies.’
Dr Fischer said the product would ‘humidify the air, making it more moist and easier to inhale.’
As for boosting immunity, Dr Fischer said this was ‘a nice thought’ but doubted the claims because immune system function ‘has nothing to do with breathing.’
Poosh.com claims of a skincare wand featured in the gift guide: ‘This multitasking tool can energize the skin, reduce redness, and boost circulation’
Kendall, meanwhile, opted for a ‘High Frequency Wand’, which costs $98. Poosh.com claims: ‘This multitasking tool can energize the skin, reduce redness, and boost circulation.’
It contains a variety of types of wands, including one that is ‘great for killing bacteria’.
The glass wands contain electrodes which, when placed on the skin, are said to stimulate skin cells, increasing circulation as well as oxygen to the area, which helps kill bacteria.
Dr Andrea Suarez, board-certified dermatologist based in Houston, Texas, added, in a recent YouTube video, that the thermal energy ‘heats up the oil gland’ which, ‘in theory, destroys bacteria that contributes to acne’.
But, she caveats: ‘Honestly, it’s not the most evidence-based thing for acne.
‘We don’t have good clinical studies at all on using these high frequency wands… we really don’t have data to substantiate the claims.’
Cold things such as a contouring ice cube can reduce inflammation and swelling, temporarily enhancing the face’s contours, according to Poosh
Kendall also selected a contour cube, which uses ice to be rubbed across the face.
Priced at $24, the Original Pink Contour Cube is claimed to ‘depuff eye bags, reduce inflammation, and soothe breakouts’ and even give a ‘natural facelift.’
However, dermatologists say that the benefits of ice therapy for the skin are ‘limited’.
Dr. Dendy Engelman, NYC-based board-certified dermatologist, told Forbes: ‘At-home cooling tools like masks or ice rollers feel good and can help with swelling.
‘Know that there is a limit to what they can accomplish.
‘These at-home treatments are definitely not as effective as a professional treatment, especially if your goal is to improve skin texture and tone.’