Originally body wrap treatments where used to get quick weight loss through vasodilatation by wrapping ace bandages or plastic wrap tightly around the body. These types of body wraps are still used for a temporary slimming spa treatment at some day spas.
Body wraps today most likely use treatments including masks made of algae, mud, clay, seaweed, lotion or cream. Whichever mask is used, and then proceed to be wrapped for 20 minutes to keep you warm. Finally, it is rinsed off and lotion is applied to skin. This is called a body mask and promotes healthy skin too.
Body wraps using algae, seaweed, clay or mud are used as detox spa treatments that rid the body of toxins through metabolic stimulation. Body wraps using Shea butter and rich lotions are hydrating treatments geared towards softening the skin.
Benefits of Body Wraps
Relaxation – Spending quality time alone, listening to soft music in a sweet smelling low-lit room while your body wrap works on you.
Skin Detoxification – Many aestheticians claim that certain materials used in a body wrap (clay, mud, seaweed and algae) pull toxins out of the body. This is controversial because there is no scientific evidence to support its claim. But you can experience luck with skin purification and improvement of acne.
Moisturization – Regardless of the ingredients, body wraps are always moisturizing. Your skin will feel smooth and moisturized no matter what kind of body wrap you have done. Wrapping the ingredients against your body and adding heat, intensifies the effects.
Exfoliation – Body wraps that include a scrub before your wrap will exfoliate your skin. Whether the exfoliating agent is sea salt, pumice, sugar or some other natural ingredient, it will scrub away dead cells on the surface of your skin.
Quick Cellulite and Weight Fix – Many people try weight loss or cellulite elimination body wraps when trying to improve their look for a special occasion. The wrap will make your skin look tighter and cause you to lose a few pounds of water weight. Diet and exercise is really the best way to lose weight.
Final note – If you are claustrophobic, a body wrap is probably not for you and should be avoided.