Welcome to "Personal Space," a new series that invites you into the homes of Allure editors to see the products we're trying and using to bring joy to our daily lives and beyond. We'll be testing out the best organizing products, air-purifying plants, bidets, and so much more to give you our honest reviews. This week, commerce editor, Nykia Spradley, heats things up on her living room floor.
We're all friends here, right? Well, good. So then hopefully there's zero judgment in me sharing that I'm a sweater. For clarity, I don't have any chronic sweat conditions (that I know of), but in general, I tend to heat up fast. Like a waking-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night-soaking-wet-kind-of-hot. So why on earth would I voluntarily wrap myself in the Higher Dose Infrared Sauna Blanket to do exactly what my body already does with little prompting? Well, it's certainly not because I'm a glutton for punishment.
As you may have learned from my previous Personal Space review, I'm usually down to try a good gadget or treatment at least once. And without a spa to indulge in, I needed a solid replacement for my hot box visits, and this was it.
In my former life — aka pre-2020 — I would do the occasional spa day, where I'd be going back and forth between a wet steam room and a dry sauna to relax even more after a massage. Without fail, I'd feel amazing afterward. David M Pariser, professor of dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and founding president and current board member of the International Hyperhidrosis Society, says that this feeling is natural, but that it has less to do with the function of sweat and more so the calm state we're in when sitting in a sauna, or in this case wrapping up in a sauna blanket. “People who use saunas regularly, feel good when they do, and that's an advantage of it. It probably works in a similar way that meditation does," Pariser speculates. The reason he thinks is that “you're lying there quietly, your mind is on something else, so you can really clear your mind of other thoughts,” he adds.