But cold putting gel packs on your lady parts?
Yes, yes this is a thing French women really do. And I’m skeptical.
It’s known as a bain dérivatif, and apparently it’s your key to (literal) Frenchwoman cool.
It’s based on the reasoning that thanks to snug jeans, prolonged sitting, and hot weather, our intimate areas are often inflamed past the point of normal body temperature (98 degrees Fahrenheit), which can lead to bloating, insomnia, and even acne.
The solution, if you listen to the French (apparently Marion Cotillard is an avid practicer), is to sit in a cool, shallow bath for one half-hour per day. Or simply insert a cooling gel back into your underwear to regulate temperature.
Sounds totally reasonable and not at all insane, right? Right.