Body wraps seem to be a very popular trend among spa-goers in the recent years. They have become particularly sought after in recent times thanks to the fact that Hollywood celebrities swear by them. It’s no secret that many celebs opt for a variety of treatments and therapies in order to continue to look good for the camera. Using body wraps is definitely one of these treatments.
Although the celebs have disappointed us many times in the past, it seems that this time they got a point – body wraps really work!
So, what is a Body Wrap?
Otherwise known as a body mask or body cocoon, it is a type of spa treatment designed to enhance the appearance of the skin while also serving as an effective slimming tool. As part of the treatment, the therapist applies a special formula onto the client’s entire body before wrapping it in the so-called Mylar bandages. Alternatively, either cotton or plastic films are used. The formula is then given time to interact with the skin and extract impurities, excess water, and toxins.
Just as its name suggests, a body wrap is usually meant to cover most of the body, however, that’s not always the case. There are actually a number of different options available out there, including the partial body wrap.
Body Wrap Treatment Benefits
There are different types of body wrap treatments available and each of them offers different benefits. Depending on the type of the treatment that was chosen, patients can expect the following benefits:
Dead skin removal – This is a body wrap treatments that start off with a body scrub. This makes it a great choice for those who want to exfoliate the skin in order to keep it healthy. Removing dead skin has a number of health benefits and can also enhance the overall appearance of a person. After all, everybody loves smooth and healthy skin.
Weight loss – Body wraps are an excellent method of detoxifying the body and eliminating excess water. While it’s not the best way of losing weight, getting rid of excess water can indeed help a person shed a pound or two. Of course, the slimming effects are usually pretty mild.
Detoxification – Many types of body wrap treatments use formulas specially designed to detoxify the skin. Healthy skin can go a long way towards improving a person’s appearance and the results are immediately noticeable. Moreover, the skin is the largest organ so it goes without saying that caring for it can significantly improve a person’s overall health.
Intensive moisturization – A proper moisturization is vital for maintaining healthy skin, which is why most body wraps incorporate moisturizing and nourishing ingredients.
Relaxation – As with many other spa treatments, doing a body wrap is a great way to relax. Once your body is fully wrapped, you are required to spend up to 30 minutes as motionless as possible, while your skin is getting the care it deserves. You can use this time to relax and get some rest.
Different Types of Body Wraps
Although many spas tend to use a wide range of ingredients and techniques, for the most part, body wrap treatments can be grouped into just three different categories. These are as follows:
· Detoxing & Remineralizing Body Wraps
This type of body wrap treatment primarily uses natural ingredients like seaweed, algae, clay, and mud to detoxify the body. Once the formula has been applied to the desired areas, the body is wrapped and left to relax for about 20 minutes. During this time, the wraps absorb toxins from the skin. At the same time, the skin absorbs the minerals it needs from the active ingredients found in the wraps.
This type of treatment tends to be fairly pricey; however, it is very effective at what it does. Ideally, it should be used by people who are looking to make changes to their diet and get rid of as many toxins as possible. This is a treatment that works hand in hand with a healthy diet so it is not recommended to start eating lots of unhealthy foods right after the body wrap treatment. It’s because toxins will get back again in no time.
· Hydrating Body Wraps
Instead of seaweed and algae, hydrating body wraps use gels and creams to get the job done. In this case, the goal is to soften, hydrate, and moisturize the skin. Some people naturally have better skin than others so the effectiveness of the treatment can vary greatly from person to person. For the most part, though, pretty much everyone can benefit to some degree from a treatment like this.
In order to get the best possible outcome, it is important to start off with a body scrub. Getting rid of dead skin will allow the formula to work much better and get absorbed directly by the young skin cells. This type of treatment is ideal during cold weather when there’s a lot of exfoliation going on. In addition, body wraps with Aloe Vera can be a big help for people who spent too much in the sun and damaged their skin in the process.
· Slimming Body Wraps
True to their name, slimming wraps can make a person look somewhat thinner, though the process is a bit more difficult when compared to other body wrap treatments. Specifically, the torso and limbs are individually wrapped in tight bandages soaked in a mineral-rich formula to help detox the body. As the body begins to get rid of toxins and excess water, the tightly wrapped bandages hold everything in place and help give the body a slimmer shape.
This treatment is a very effective slimming tool; however, the effects are only temporary. There is very little actual weight loss involved so the body will revert back to its previous shape in a few days. Still, the treatment does wonders for anyone who wants to look good for a special event and isn’t worried that the effect will wear off eventually. Alternatively, undergoing this treatment once or twice a week is enough to help maintain the slimmer shape pretty much indefinitely.