The first steps in anything new are usually shaky and uncertain. When it comes to your health, there’s even more reason to be cautious. Homemade body wraps are gaining a lot of popularity but to enjoy the benefits, you have to do them right. No matter what ingredients you choose and where you want to apply the wrap, there are a couple of essentials to keep in mind.
The Things that Matter the Most
Several things are tremendously important when it comes to getting the body wrap benefits. For a start, you should always choose the right ingredients that correspond to your goal. There are dozens of options to choose among. While many body wraps are clay-based, you can choose among numerous other natural substances and plant-based extracts.
When it comes to weight loss and body detox, the ingredients that will give you the best possible results are:
- Bentonite clay or volcanic ash
- Seaweed powder
- Coffee, green tea powder or guarana (the group of stimulants)
- Coconut or olive oil
- Cayenne powder (or any other source of capsaicin)
- Garcinia cambogia powder
- Aloe vera gel
It’s also very important to exfoliate your skin prior to putting the homemade body wrap on. Dry skin is everywhere on your body. Getting rid of this buildup of dead cells will enhance the absorption of the ingredients and give you more prominent results.
There’s one more very important thing. You should refrain from wrapping yourself too tight. Some people commit this grave mistake, thinking that a tighter wrap is going to deliver much better results. This isn’t the case. In fact, feeling like you’re trapped in a medieval corset can do more harm than good. Having a body wrap should be a pleasant and relaxed experience rather than torture.
Follow All of the Essential Steps
Using homemade body wraps is simple and once you establish the routine, you’re not going to ever think twice about it.
The first step is to make the paste. Usually, you’ll have to boil some water and mix in the ingredients until you get a homogenous concoction. Let it cool down. During this period, you can have a shower and exfoliate your skin.
When the mixture is at a temperature that feels comfortable to the tough, get some of it with your fingers and apply to the desired area. Most people use homemade body wraps on their midsection, thighs and arms. Don’t rub the paste in. Let it sit in a thick layer and move on to the next step.
Wrap your body with clear plastic cling film. This one will keep you from staining everything that you touch. In addition, the plastic will heat your body and speed up the absorption of the ingredients. A higher than usual temperature is also going to stimulate more sweating than usual.
The final step is wrapping yourself with bandages or long strips of fabric to keep everything in place. A little bit of compression will be good because it will produce the feeling of tighter skin. Still, don’t go overboard. The wrap is to be used for one to eight hours. If you can’t breathe in it, chances are that you’re not going to last until the end of the procedure.
After the desired time period is over, unwrap yourself and have a lukewarm shower. The lower temperature of the water will improve your circulation, make you feel energized and enhance the appearance of your skin even further.
A Few Additional Recommendations
For best results, apply the mixture on your skin while it’s still warm. Your body heat and the plastic wrap will increase the temperature and enhance the absorption of the ingredients. Still, if the paste is cold when you place it on your body, more time will be required to see the desired results.
Wraps aren’t suitable for use by pregnant and breastfeeding women. If you’re on your period, you may want to wait a few days until you give yourself a slimming wrap. Due to the water loss effect, wraps are completely inappropriate for people that suffer from kidney problems.
If you have any other medical problems (blood pressure issues, heart disease, diabetes or an autoimmune condition), you may want to talk to your physician before testing homemade body wraps. A doctor will tell whether this slimming procedure is the right one for you.