Do Body Wraps Actually Work or Just a Waste of Your Time?

It’s a fair question: Do body wraps actually work as a weight loss product or are they just a waste of time? Well this answer is complicated by the fact that there are literally 100’s of wraps on the market today and while many of them are worthless, some of them actually do work as advertised. In fact, the spa wraps that celebrities and wealthy debutantes are shelling out upwards of $200 a piece for-well there’s no question that they aren’t spending that kind of money for bogus or non-existent results. So while spa body wraps are legitimate weight loss solutions (at least temporarily and more on this later), answering the question for home based wraps is lot more complicated. So to uncover which body wraps actually work and which are scam products, we have to look at exactly how the legitimate wraps work first.

How Body Wraps Actually Work

Most at home and spa wraps are comprised of two main components: The solution and the “wrap” itself. In truth, it is actually the solution that determines the effectiveness of a wrap because it contains the ingredients that do all the work. Specifically, legitimate body wraps are made from powerful all-natural ingredients that first absorb into your skin.

Once absorbed, the ingredients begin to attack the chemical bonds that are effectively keeping stored fat deposits and stored toxins attached to one another. Cheap and ineffective wraps, on the other hand, may actually make things worse and force your body to store more toxins rather than flushing them (more on this later).

So what do toxins attached to your fat deposits have to do with whether or not a body wrap actually works as advertised? Well once the bond between toxins and fat deposits is broken, your body can finally flush the toxins from your system. But if the body cannot flush those toxins, then it can’t burn the fat deposits for energy and the wrap is essentially worthless.

The body “wrap” itself is designed to help you absorb more of the ingredients. For spa wraps and most at home wraps, people typically use terry cloth strips as the “wrap”. First, the terry cloth strips are soaked in the solution for about 15 minutes.

Then and typically with the help of a spa tech or a very close friend, the strips are then applied over your bare skin where they must be left in place for about an hour to 90 minutes. Once the terry cloth strips are removed, the ingredients will continue to purge toxins and help your body eliminate fat deposits for up to 48 hours-depending on the quality of the wrap.

How to Identify and Buy Body Wraps That Work

Believe it or not, the biggest problem with bogus wraps isn’t that they don’t work (and they don’t!), but that they actually make the problem worse. In order to save money, most scam or cheap wraps are made from synthetic ingredients. While these cheap body wrap ingredients are great for a company’s bottom line, the problem is that your body doesn’t “recognize” synthetic ingredients as easily as all-natural ingredients. And if your body can’t recognize the body wrap ingredients, it will consider them to be “toxins”.

Now when we are younger, the body can flush toxins quickly-as fast as you ingest them in most cases. But as we age, the body’s ability to purge incoming toxins slows down and some of them end up getting stored in your skin cells-right next to fat deposits. In fact, these stored toxins are actually “bound” to the fat deposits.

So unless you first purge the toxins with an effective high quality wrap, then your body can NEVER burn those fat deposits for energy. But in the case of scam wraps made from synthetic ingredients, not only will they NEVER purge those stored toxins-they are actually adding new toxins to your problem!

So to avoid the ineffective wraps that can make problems even worse, here are two simple tips:

Buying Tip #1: Avoid Wraps Made from Synthetic Ingredients

While home wraps made from 100% all-natural ingredients might still not work as well as a spa body wrap if they aren’t the right all-natural ingredients, the one certainty is that they won’t make the problem worse like wraps made from synthetic ingredients. And if you happen to find 2 products both made with all-natural ingredients but need to know which is most likely to work well and produce the results you want and deserve, then see tip #2!

Buying Tip #2: Avoid Products that Require the “Wrap”

The fact is that most spa wraps and even many at home body wraps require a wrap for one reason and one reason alone: Because the body wrap ingredients are very weak. Now make no mistake: Even these weak ingredients can and will work when properly applied with terry cloth strips or a full body wrap. But, it is a major pain to try and apply the terry cloth strips yourself and an even bigger embarrassment to have some “friend” apply them for you. So for the best results possible and faster application times, look for home body wraps made from 100% all-natural ingredients that don’t require the terry cloth strips or “wrap”. These higher quality body wrap solutions can typically be added to a tub filled with warm water and then all you have to do is sit back and “soak-in” the ingredients.

Unfortunately, the question of whether body wraps actually work really does depend on the type of wrap you get (home vs. spa wrap), the ingredients it is made from, and whether a wrap is required or not.

Body Wrap Weight Loss – Can You Really Achieve Weight Loss With A Body Wrap?

Body wraps are causing a lot of excitement right now. Why? Because they promise easy, effective, amazing results and are becoming available in inexpensive, at-home versions. In this article, we will uncover the truth about body wraps: can you really achieve weight loss; what is a wrap and how do you use it; what are the downfalls; and should you try it.

Body Wrap Weight Loss
First, can you really achieve weight loss and/or inch loss with wraps? The good and exciting news is: Yes. Now it’s natural to be skeptical, especially since our society has been over-exposed to so many ‘get thin quick’ schemes. Too many of us have tried a miracle pill or bought expensive machinery to help us loose that stubborn weight. So let’s talk the truth about wraps.

Body wraps have been around for a long time. As in, ancient Greece a long time. They were originally used to heal the body. And, even just a few decades ago, wraps were all the rage. Except that the body wraps of a few decades ago mostly allowed for water weight loss–which gave great results at first, but then you drank water and filled back out. Today, wraps have been formulated with a rich mixture of natural herbs that allow your body and skin to heal, allow you to lose weight easily and effectively and keep it off (offering more than just water weight loss), and do this in a safe, natural way, by helping your body get rid of stored toxins.

What are Body Wraps? How Do You Use a One?
Body wraps contain all-natural, herbal creams you put on your body, and then wrap it up to allow the herbal cream to sit and absorb into the skin. They can be done all over the body, or in a targeted area. In-home versions you mix yourself offer both whole-body and targeted wraps; most premixed in-home wraps are used on any targeted area (like the stomach or thighs, etc.). After you secure the wrap in place, you wear it for a specified amount of time (usually about an hour).

How Does a Body Wrap Work?

Body wraps work to rid your body of toxins and impurities. In our busy society, filled with pollution, processed foods, cheap makeup and lotions, and stress, our bodies accumulate more toxins than our body can safely process through our liver and kidneys. So a lot of these toxins get stored in our bodies, in the interstitial fluid, and then are stored in our fat cells. (Yuck, I know.) Wraps stimulate your fat cells to release these toxins in a way that your body can flush them out naturally. If you use a wrap, you will be instructed to drink 8-10 cups of water for at least the next three-four days to help your body effectively flush out these toxins. By allowing your body to release the toxins held in your fat cells, you can achieve instant and progressive inch loss and weight loss, tighten loose skin, heal stretch marks, and improve your health overall.

Downfalls of a Body Wrap

Does this all sound too good to be true? Well, let’s talk about the downfalls of wraps.

1. Wraps CAN be very expensive, with some wraps costing over $300! However, with the current excitement about body wraps, more and more affordable options are becoming available–for those who want to mix up their own concoction at home, to those who want to have a quick wrap at the hair salon, or for those who want to buy pre-made wraps for use anytime. Pre-made, targeted body wraps often sell for around $30.

2. The lotion in a wrap is absorbed through the skin… and everyone’s skin is different. That means that while your best friend might have amazing success and lose many inches with one application, you may need three or even four or more to achieve results. The good news is that while you might not see the amazing inch loss with your first wrap, your body will benefit from a body wrap every time. Getting these toxins out is always good news. If you keep wrapping, you can achieve your desired results.

3. Our society is still going to be inundated with toxins, which means your body is going to be exposed to more toxins. However, the toxins you lost with the wrap are gone forever. And if you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle, your weight loss and inch loss can be lasting! Plus, if you feel at any time that you need to do another one, it’s easy and still healthy.

Should You Try a Body Wrap?

Now that you know what a body wrap is, how to use it, how it works, and how it can benefit your body, it is time to decide whether or not to try it out. The good news is that wraps are becoming more common, so it is easier to find quality, inexpensive body wraps. Go ahead and make the decision; you could change your life and your health forever!

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Relax With A Wrap! Body Wraps for Cellulite Removal

Today, a body wrap is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to reduce cellulite at home. A body wrap is the process of wrapping your body using either plastic or rubber. The main purpose of a body wrap is to stimulate your body to release excess fluids, melt down fat, promote waste removal, and increase your blood circulation to reduce cellulite. These have shown temporary success by achieving weight loss and loss of cellulite. The results are temporary and once your back on your normal routine, the cellulite returns.

Benefits of Body Wraps

Quick results to improve your appearance – People are looking for a fast solution to drop weight or improve skin conditions for an upcoming event like a wedding or a class reunion. The results may be pleasing initially with tightened skin and loss of a few pounds but knowing this is only temporary you’ll be back to where you started after the event.

Well Moisturized Skin – Regardless of what kind of body wrap you choose the end result will reflect a nice and healthy looking moisturized body. Your skin will feel luxurious and supple and this should make the process worth while. Having skin as soft as a baby’s bottom is an amazing feeling.

Detoxification of the Skin – it’s been said by many in the field that certain ingredients and natural plants like seaweed and algae excretes toxins from the body and enhances purification of the skin. This is extremely beneficial for acne issues.

Quality Time to Relax – Although most body wraps are short periods of 30 minute or more, this is when we can relax and enjoy the quiet solitude in a relaxing atmosphere without any distractions in our life. Someone once asked if anyone can truly spend quality time alone… If we can’t relax during a body wrap, when can we?

Preparing Your Body for an Herbal Body Wrap

About two weeks prior to starting any body wrap you should prepare your body for the procedure. The preparation will detoxify your body so the wrap will take action faster. The preparation is the most important part of a successful wrap, however it also requires more discipline. The first and foremost important change in the two week period is to eliminate all alcohol, high fat content foods, sugar including sugar substitutes, and any artificial flavored foods and drinks. Begin eating very healthy by including at least 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, lean meats and fish, and at least 2 liters or more of water. During this two week period try to exercise at least 20 minutes a day and concentrate your efforts on the problem areas. Purchase a dry skin brush and start bushing your body a few minutes daily on and around the troubled areas. Always brush your body towards the heart for better results. Prior to your wrap take a hot bath in Epson Salt for about 20 minutes to loosen the skin, detox your body and open up the pores.

About Herbals

The herbal body wraps have a more permanent reaction depending on the herbs used in the procedure. The herbs are used to draw out toxins and increase capillary function and to affect the lymphatic system. It is important to know that a herbal body wrap will effectively decrease your water weight immediately. Be careful not to get dehydrated during or after a home procedure.

There are different types of body wraps that can be created from items found in your home or cheaply purchased at a local market or natural health store. With all the different concoctions that the medical field has prescribed for cellulite removal, the herbs and oils are most popular when creating a body wrap treatment. The preparation of a herbal body wrap is important to understand and follow prior to any application.

Popular Herbal Body Wraps

The following are just a few of the hundreds of herbal mixtures used in body wraps today.

The Herbal Clay Wrap – the herbal mixture uses bentonite that removes toxins, arnica and coffee grounds that is known for stimulation of the lymphatic system, and kelp that softens and tightens the skin. The coffee is known to breakdown fat deposits and both the bentonite and arnica will stimulate blood flow. The process requires 1 package of dried kelp (found in any natural food store), a ½ cup of Bentonite clay, ¼ cup coffee grounds, ¼ cup arnica gel (all found in your local natural food stores). Add 2 to 4 cups of water to the kelp to soften. Add remaining ingredients slowly to create a paste that is smooth enough to stick to your body. Wrap each troubled area with plastic wrap for about 30 minutes.

Olive Oil with Coffee Wrap – Uses about ½ cup caffeinated coffee grounds with ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil. The mixture needs to be heated up in the microwave for about 30 seconds and applied to the troubled areas and wrapped with plastic wrap. This should be on your skin for about a half hour before removing and washing.

Honey, Lime Juice and Green Clay Wrap – Mix these ingredients with hot water to make a smooth paste that will stick to your body. This require a little rubbing into the troubled areas for best results. Wrap the area with plastic wrap and leave on for about a half hour. This has been known to be very effective if performed regularly.

Caffeinated Herbal Tea Wrap – This requires a tea solution in a larger bowl to dip towels to apply. Use 1 cup of natural herbal tea in water and soak a towel or a sheet cut into strips into the solution. Wrap the towel or strips around the troubled areas for about 10 to 15 minutes. This wrap can also be performed with lavender, ginger, or chamomile instead of the herbal tea. All are available at your local health store.

Salt and Clay Wrap – This requires you to dissolve a cup of salt and mix 3 cups of clay into a bowl large enough to soak a towel or added sheet strips for application. The mix should be a thicker paste when ready and should be applied using the towel or sheet strips on the troubled areas for about 30 minutes.

Herbal Cocoa Wrap – The ingredients include a 1/3 cup of honey, ½ cup of milk, 1 cup of cocoa powder. This is applied using a brush and left on your body for at least 30 minutes. Rinse afterwords with warm water.

Slimming Body Wraps

A slimming body wrap is an older technique that wraps the body using ace bandages very tight to cause quick weight loss through vasodilation. The bandages are usually soaked in an electrolyte solution. These are offered to also improve arthritis and for people with skin ailments. During a slimming wrap you will be required to perform exercises on a treadmill or elliptical machine while being wrapped. These slimming body wraps are offered today at various spas and are primarily for temporary weight loss treatments that may result in a temporary reduction of cellulite.

BioSlimming – this program that originated from France has shown a 67% effective rate on reducing fat deposits and cellulite. The program consists of 3 gels and a cream applied in 2 separate steps. It starts out with a detox base, an active slim gel, and an active slim cream. The active ingredients provide enhanced weigh loss and helps on the appearance of varicose veins and stretch marks. This is a 40 minute period before the next step is performed. The next step is a 20 minute period with an Ultra Slim Effect gel used for slimming and cellulite. The test result have shown a 98% success rate for reduced cellulite and 100% success rate in weight loss.

Spa Treatments

A spa body wrap treatment will pamper you from start to end and most women want them on regular basis. Most spa treatments consist of a rub down of a natural herb cream to start the detoxification. You are placed in a lightly lit room with soft music in the background that truly enhances the relaxed atmosphere. Most spa treatments are performed in stages starting with a specialized herb either rubbed on or soaked in towels for the first application. Usually every 15 minutes another application is added throughout the treatment until complete. These usually take from 1 hour to 3 hours depending on the selections. Prices range from $50 all they up to hundreds depending on choices and selections. Bottom line, you will look and feel amazing after a spa wrap but remember, these are temporary results and require constant treatments to continue with the results.

*The 3 Day Detox Plan

For an effective and faster detoxification of your body there is a 3 day plan that has shown excellent success. This may take the place of the 2 week plan reflected above however, the 2 week will provide better results. Before starting any detox plan please consult your physician.

Day 1 – Water only (8 glasses) – this is the first day to start flushing your system and extracting those toxins from your body. Experts encourage room temperature water over cold or hot to start the detox of the body the correct way.

Day 2 & 3 – Drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day. Your meals must consist of 4 servings of uncooked fruit, vegetables, and at least 1 cup of whole grains with every meal.

Avoid: sugar, alcohol, cheese, milk, chocolate, eggs, meats, and anything with preservatives. Try to not smoke during this period if possible.

Conclusion

Body wraps are useful for quick weight loss and temporary cellulite reductions and are very popular among women that love to be pampered. Home wraps can be messy and cumbersome but they still have that same relaxing ambiance found at the spas. Herbal wraps are known for longer lasting result if they are followed with proper diet and exercise. There is truly no known cure for cellulite that does not include proper nutrition and fitness. If your interested in a spa treatment for the first time make sure you look for reputable establishments to avoid an unhealthy experience. Best of Luck and remember to relax and enjoy the experience.