This Latest Celeb Health Trend Is Crazy… and Cold
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This Latest Celeb Health Trend Is Crazy… and Cold

When it comes to diets, cleanses and workouts, celebrities are at the forefront of all that’s innovative (and sometimes weird). There’s a new celebrity health trend freezing its way through LA, and we have to say, this might be one of the craziest yet. Mandy Moore, fresh off her divorce announcement, has been hitting the cryotherapy pretty hard, and she even got her friend Minka Kelly to give it a try. What the heck are we talking about? Allow us to explain.

In a nutshell, cryotherapy exposes your body to extremely low temperatures, like -240 degrees Fahrenheit low. Sounds pretty painful to us, but the alleged benefits might be worth the freeze. New York Magazine recently tried a 3-minute treatment that is said to burn 800 calories, increase endorphins, boost your immune systems, smooth wrinkles and more. We’re not sure if all the benefits were felt, but according to the writer, the rush was definitely real.

A form of therapy that’s been embraced by high-profile athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and Kobe Bryant for its ice-bath-like effect on sore joints and muscles, it’s recently been adopted by celebrities like Demi Moore and Jennifer Aniston for its more superficial benefits. As the face or body gets colder, the production of collagen is enhanced, which makes the skin appear brighter and tighter. A pop in the freezer before a red carpet event can leave a superstar looking especially young and with a rush of adrenaline that will keep her partying well through the night.

A jaunt on a bike or elliptical immediately after treatment is required to keep the joints from freezing and to get your body temperature back up to normal (and healthy) levels. Since so many people are swearing by it, it might be worth an (expensive) try. We survived the ice bucket challenge. Surely we could survive a few minutes in a freezer, right? RIGHT?

Would you be willing to deep freeze yourself for a few minutes in a cryotherapy chamber? Let us know in the comments!

(Photos via @mandymooremm and @minkak)