This Is the Deal with Selena Gomez's Sweat Bed
The co-founder of L.A.’s Shape House spills the science behind the pop star’s wellness obsession.
When Selena Gomez spilled her beauty secrets to Elle.com, one of her obsessions stood out and made us go, "Huh?" In addition to hiking and doing Pilates with her trainer Amy Rosoff Davis, the pop star shared, “I have a sweat bed, which looks like a burrito that I wrap myself up in, and I sweat for about 45 minutes.”
To most people, a sweat bed sounds like a pretty foreign concept, but Gomez swears by this sweaty burrito, saying it’s changed her skin and her body as well. “I started going to a place called Shape House,” she said, “and you lay in these beds in a sweatsuit, and they wrap you up and you sweat for 45 minutes and it releases all the toxins of your body, and you kind of feel … kind of the equivalent of a sauna, but it gets your heart rate up, and it gets everything flowing in your body.”
Gomez added that she doesn’t even shower immediately after her sweat sesh, since natural collagen comes out with your toxins “that actually makes your skin feel softer before you wash it all off. It feels incredible.” Sophie Chiche, co-founder of Shape House — an “urban sweat lodge” with three Los Angeles locations (Larchmont, Santa Monica, Pasadena) — confirms that notion. “People report their skin reels really soft when they finish the sweat,” she tells Pret-a-Reporter.
Stars including Rooney Mara, the Scandal girls, the Kardashians, Demi Moore, Abigail Spencer and LL Cool J come to Shape House to sweat it out up to a few times a week while relaxing with a little Netflix, followed by an orange and chilled lavender-scented towel. They have the option of wearing a suit like boxers wear to increase the amount of sweat, too, which Chiche advises against doing all the time.
The infrared heat technology their beds use has been favored for decades, says Chiche, who remembers it being used as part of her treatment in a French hospital when she broke her arm at 19. “The nurse started noticing it had all these other benefits: People would sleep better, take less meds, their skin was improving and people with psoriasis were reporting it was helping with that,” she recalls. “So infrared heat has a lot of healing power.”
Indeed, simply losing water weight is not the main point. She says it’s about the calorie burn — up to 1,000 in a session — and releasing toxins, which can also translate to a trimmer waistline, since “the body creates a little buffer to protect it from its own toxins, but the more we release the toxins the more the body says, ‘I should let go of this, I don’t need it.’”
The benefits don’t stop there. Chiche adds, “When you start sweating regularly you sleep so well, then the next day you're more creative, you make better choices with your food, so what happens is people get better lives.” She also was pleased Gomez talked so passionately about the benefits beyond looking better — “the bigger-picture mission,” says Chiche.