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Journal / Special series
Behind-The-Bathroom with Higher Dose
To kick off our Behind-The-Bathroom with Women We Love series, we decided to reach out to two of our favorite girl bosses, Lauren Berlingeri & Katie Kaps, of HigherDOSE.
Lauren & Katie's vision when they founded HigherDose was to elevate the natural highs of life through future-focused health therapies (like infrared). This Sauna experience improves blood flow and energy levels - and we're all about it! We were so inspired by their stories - we couldn't wait to learn more. We think you'll be just as inspired to get in there and sweat!
Q&A With Co-Founders Lauren Berlingeri and Katie Kaps:
Q: What is the one little thing that you do for yourself that makes you feel good every day?
LAUREN: It’s hard to say one little thing makes anyone feel good every day. It’s trendy to simplify wellness, but I believe it is many little things that happen every day that create a general sense of happiness. Sticking to a routine that’s healthy and prosperous and being flexible, yet still realistic—about my activeness vs. my expectations—is what makes me feel good every day.
KATIE: Practicing self-care in some form every day makes me feel, overall, better—whether that’s meditating or grooming or journaling, anything that puts time into bettering yourself. These valuable lifestyle practices feel just as good as they are beneficial.
Q: What is a key part of your daily wellness ritual (either morning or night)?
LAUREN: My favorite way to start the day includes skin brushing, a hot-cold shower and a glass of fresh celery juice. It wakes me up from the inside-out and sets an energetic, healthy tone as I go about work and life.
KATIE: I start my day with either a workout, a meditation session or both. We’re still nurturing a startup business, which means sometimes we have to work late or take care of unexpected things—so, taking time for myself in the morning is the best way to feel good and stay sane.
Q: How much time do you spend in the bathroom getting ready in the morning versus at night?
LAUREN: It depends! While I believe in having a morning/night beauty routine, I also believe in flexing that routine—experimenting and changing things up. I probably spend the same amount of time in the morning and the night for different reasons.
KATIE: My morning beauty routine is all about winding up, and I use that same routine if I’m going out at the night. If I’m getting ready for bed, it’s all about cleansing and relaxing.
Q: Are you a bath or shower person and why?
LAUREN: Both! I love a hot-cold shower in the morning and a warm, relaxing shower before bed. But I definitely love to indulge in a soothing bath when the time is right.
KATIE: I agree with Lauren. Use quick daily showers to your wellness advantage: hot-cold in the morning and hot and calming at night, but of course, quick and efficient (I like to stay eco-cautious about fresh water usage). From time to time, a bath is a great way to relax and give yourself a moment of self-reflection.
Q: Would you say you are a beauty minimalist or maximalist?
LAUREN: I think beauty is tied into lifestyle and overall health, which I’m not sure makes me a minimalist or maximalist. I do enjoy skincare from both a holistic approach and an innovative product approach, i.e. the power of infrared on smooth, radiant skin. I’m always down to try traditional techniques or healthy new treatments…
KATIE: To me, beauty is all about confidence. The only way to project confidence is to take care of yourself and commit to taking care of your skin—it’s our body’s largest organ, and we wear it externally for everyone to see.
So, I believe taking care of your skin is a major effort, but essential to feeling and looking beautiful.
I’m not sure if that makes me a minimalist or maximalist. If that is referring to time or makeup or whatnot. Everyone is different and requires different levels of maintenance.
Q: Are you for nip & tuck or against it?
LAUREN: I’m for promoting a healthy, natural lifestyle and enjoying the beautiful benefits such a lifestyle offers.
KATIE: I think it’s irresponsible, in some ways, for older generations to tell younger women that they’re beautiful at every age and then alter their appearance against that message. I find it really concerning when our society sends media-mixed messages that say, “we’re all beautiful the way we are” and then “here’s the best new Botox.”
This is a major reason why we founded HigherDOSE and why we’re so dedicated to our natural feel-good sentiment. We want to contribute to the rise and awareness of living the high life, naturally—without harmful substances or risky injections.
At the end of the day, these altered states of beauty and happiness chip away at inner strength. While I understand why someone would nip and tuck, I hope that our generation helps shift away from the impulse to participate in these types of practices.
Q: What’s your most important beauty secret and who did you learn it from?
LAUREN: Infrared! I don’t keep this secret, but it’s not totally common knowledge, yet. The powers of infrared have been around for ages, but I think our perception of what infrared can do for our skin, and our accessibility to these benefits, is fairly new. Because infrared presents the same heat as the sun, minus the harmful UV rays, it literally gives you that après-vacation glow, while also detoxifying your system and clarifying your pores.
KATIE: In addition to infrared, I’m also a firm believer in skin brushing. It awakens your skin by stimulating your blood circulation, which speeds up your oxygen flow and delivers a fresh pump of nutrients to your cells and tissue—helping to increase collagen and giving you a smoother, more supple appearance and feel.
Q: What on-the-go products do you always have in your purse?
Q: Who do you share your skincare products with?
LAUREN: My husband
KATIE: My sister in law
If you're in NYC, check out one of HigherDOSE's 9 locations - with a new Williamsburg spa coming soon! It's perfect for anyone looking to detox, sweat out major toxins, improve skin quality and boost your mood...and who wouldn't want all of those things?!