We’ve all heard of body wraps, but many of us aren’t quite sure what they are.
While visions of tortillas may come to mind when you hear the word “wrap,” you’ll be glad to hear that body wraps have nothing to do with being wrapped up in flatbread. They often involve food, though, just not for eating.
What the heck are we talking about? Read as we unwrap some of the buzz surrounding the body wrap, and find out if this snack, er, um treatment is right for you.
What is a Body Wrap?
What flavor would you like? There’s something for everyone when it comes to the body wrap. Everything from chocolate, honey, herbal, and seaweed masks are available for you to choose from, and there really is a wrap for every occasion. Many salons promote wraps that are designed to moisturize or tone, while some make more extreme claims for things like weight loss or detoxing.
What Happens During a Wrap?
Once you have selected your wrap, your skin will be exfoliated and the mask of your choice will be applied. You will then be wrapped in warm strips of cloth or heated bandages and left to rest for 20-40 minutes. As you wait, heat will relax your muscles and open your pores, and the mask will moisturize your skin. You’ll then be unwrapped, rinsed and moisturized.
What is the Purpose of a Body Wrap?
Many salons promote body wraps as a slimming solution. But the fact is that any weight lost during a wrap is negligible. Most of what you’ll lose will be through your pores, so it will be sweat: water weight. Instead of looking at a wrap as a weight loss solution, think of it as a way to hydrate or nourish your skin, or as a means to soothe and relax your muscles.
To wrap it up, don’t buy into the claims that body wraps can help you lose weight – they can’t. If you’re going to a salon for a body wrap and hoping for weight loss, the only thing that you’ll end up losing is your money.
If you’re looking for a relaxing and moisturizing treat, then choose the wrap. If you’re looking to lose weight, though, you may want to give it a pass and give diet and exercise a try instead.
What are your thoughts on wraps?