These days, you will see that body wraps are all at the rage in every spa. What’s the hype all about? How does it work and what are the underlying benefits?
What exactly is a Body Wrap?
A body wrap is also called body mask or body cocoon. It is a form of spa treatment designed to improve the appearance and health of the skin. It is even used for soothing and relaxing the muscles while also toning and slimming the body. Most wraps are applied on the whole body, while some are performed on particular areas alone (e.g. bust and cellulite wraps).
Body wraps combine therapeutic masks, such as soothing creams, herbal pastes, or mineral-packed muds, with thermal coverings. These coverings will warm and envelop your body to promote sweating (which helps to clear the pores) and muscle relaxation, while the body mask consist of a blend of ingredients intended to have a remedial body effect.
Different Types of Body Wraps
There are many different types of body wraps available.
Clay or Mud Wrap: A layer of soothing mud or clay is applied onto the skin to cleanse, firm, and detoxify. Clay and mud wraps help with minor skin irritations, arthritis, and rheumatism, in addition to clearing pores and easing water retention. It is commonly paired with aromatherapy oils for best results.
Detox Wrap: Combines ingredients with pulling properties like seaweed, clay, or mud. It can be great in cleansing pores especially in those difficult-to-reach areas. It targets acne-causing bacteria, too. Good to use on the back and chest.
Moisturizing Wrap: If you have a sunburn or flaky and dry skin, this form of a body wrap is a good solution. It generally includes a variety of lotions that are integrated into the process to give an excellent boost to your skin.
Slimming Wrap: A solution-soaked wrap that is applied on the surface of your skin to promote excess fluid release. This will help contour and lighten particular parts of your body. The effects typically last for several days.
Cellulite Wrap: Integrates certain herbs to help reduce cellulite appearance on thighs and the buttocks. The goal of the cellular wrap is to scrub down toxins and boost circulation. Similar to slimming wraps, the results are achieved for several days.
Algae/Seaweed Wrap: Involves full-body application of algae and seaweed in a foil wrap. Designed to improve skin health and metabolism.
Bust Wrap: In the bust wrap procedure, a firming mask or serum is used around the bust area to moisturize and tone the skin.
Paraffin Wrap: A melted paraffin wax is brushed over the body after a moisturizing cream is applied. Aside from boasting a moisturizing and softening effect, paraffin wrap is also sought for soothing the symptoms of arthritis and reducing aches in joint and muscle. If your skin requires intense moisturizing, a paraffin wrap is a way to go.
Parafango Wrap: An Italian word for mud. The body treatment is much similar to that of paraffin wrap. It makes use of a warmed combination of mud and paraffin wax to help extract toxins and stimulate the skin.
Heat Wrap: Aims to burn fat and shed pounds quickly. The treatment involves applying a small layer of topical heat cream onto the skin. It will be then covered in a non-breathable plastic film. Losing several inches can be attained with this body wrap.
Herbal Wrap: Offered either for specific body parts (e.g. thighs and hips) or as a full-body wrap. It is primarily used to tighten and smooth the skin.
Mineral Body Wrap: Also called active or compression wrap. It usually consists of mineral, potassium, calcium, and other essential minerals to help with detoxification. It can also be compared to slimming wrap.
Infrared Body Wrap: Another detox and weight loss body wrap that employs the use of infrared light after the wrap is applied to activate the effects of the wrap solution.