Chrissy Teigen Just Shared a Photo of Her Vaginal Steaming Session

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Chrissy Teigen, queen of relatability, mother of realness (and of Luna and Miles), and shining angel of Instagram, just shared a photo in which she’s wearing a face mask and a heating pad while also casually steaming her vagina. (opens in new tab) Yup.

Late last night, Teigen posted a picture of herself sitting on a box-looking thing with a towel over her lap, looking, uh, pretty damn chill. Her caption? “Face mask / heat pad / vagina steam no I don’t know if any of this works but it can’t hurt right? *vagina dissolves*” Classic, right?

The process of vaginal steaming is pretty simple—you just sit or squat over a container of steaming, herb-infused water for up to an hour—and the benefits allegedly range from headache and depression relief to hormone balancing. Allegedly.

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Because the medical community doesn’t really support vaginal steaming. Most experts and doctors warn against steaming, because your vagina is a magical, independent, self-regulating machine that doesn’t need no help from nobody. But, hey, it’s your vag, so do what you want?

Teigen then Tweeted a response to her steaming photo–or, namely, her use of the word vagina, which she apparently sorta, kinda regrets.

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As you’d expect, Twitter was quick to shit on Teigen’s personal life choices, as all good people of the internet are born to do. “This shit is yeast infection city,” Tweeted one user, while another user (an actual doctor) Tweeted, “The vagina steam is a scam. Potentially harmful. Sitz baths definitely endorsed,” to which Teigen responded with, “What are you a fucking vagina doctor!!!!!” Don’t get excited—they’re friends IRL.

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Still, it’s your vagina, and you get to do whatever you want with your body. So if you swear that steaming it is the best thing ever, who am I to judge? I, sadly, did not go to medical school, so I can only judge with the knowledge I have from the internet and my American Girl The Care & Keeping of You book (opens in new tab) from 3rd grade.

So do what you want, good people of the internet, but maybe err on the side of caution when it comes to your genitals.

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Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in AllureHealthFitnessMarie ClaireStyleCaster, and Parents. She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.