How does a caterpillar become a butterfly? It spends time in a cocoon, of course. Body wraps work the same magic on humans to transform dull, tired skin into softer, smoother, and more radiant skin.
A body wrap is just what the name suggests: the entire body except the head – legs, arms, torso, and neck – is wrapped in material such as elastic cloths, cotton swaths, plastic film, or mylar bandages, much like a caterpillar is cocooned inside a protective casing. The wrapping materials are fitted snugly over the body to create a warm, enclosed environment. After the wrap is in place, you’ll be left alone for a 30-minute session. Some (but not all) body wrap treatments involve an exfoliating scrub prior to wrap application. This cleans out dirt and bacteria, opens up the pores, and allows for any herbs, minerals, moisturizers, and/or oils soaked in the wrap materials to be better absorbed by the skin. So what exactly is happening to your skin in this transition phase between caterpillar and butterfly? Keep reading to learn the secret behind the transformation:
- A body wrap acts in a similar manner to a thermal blanket; the enclosed environment traps heat and invokes sweating. At the same time, the cloths absorb fluid that is trapped in the spaces between body tissues. The result is that a body wrap draws out excess water weight and leads to temporary inch loss. After a treatment session your body will look slimmer and more contoured – the effect will remain for several days. However, inch loss via body wrap is only temporary; the body naturally accumulates water weight from dietary factors such as sodium and carbohydrates. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help keep water weight off in the long term.
- One of the most potent effects of a body wrap is that skin will feel softer and smoother afterwards. Wraps are often infused with creams, lotions, and gels that deeply moisturize and nourish dry skin. Following treatment, skin will look and feel tighter and more hydrated. This deeply moisturizing treatment can also reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Detox body wraps use natural detoxifying agents to draw toxins out of the skin. For a detox wrap, a body mask will be pasted onto the body before the wraps are applied. Organic materials like clay, mud, seaweed, and caffeine may be used to create the mask; these products work to pull impurities out of the skin, tighten and clear pores, and flush out acne-causing bacteria. This treatment can be especially helpful if you have body acne in hard to reach places, like the upper back.
- After all is said and done, perhaps the biggest benefit a body wrap provides is a feeling of relaxation and well-being. While you are left alone to listen to music, and laying in a snug, warm cocoon, both the body and mind have time to slow down and unwind. A body wrap treatment session lowers stress, anxiety, tension, and blood pressure. Skin is the body’s largest organ, and so nurturing and detoxifying it releases a full-body sense of peace and calm.
Body wraps come in many forms; make sure you get a complete rundown from your esthetician before choosing a treatment. While body wraps are sometimes given alone, they are often mixed in a package with other spa treatments, such as facials, body scrubs, and massages. Know what ingredients are going into your treatment as well – many body wraps include herbs, minerals, sea salts, and/or essential oils. If you have sensitive skin, fragrant essential oils may be irritants.
Here at Ageless Allure Medispa, we offer a wonderful selection of body wraps using all-natural, nourishing FarmHouse Fresh products. Experience our new Coffee n’ Cream Body Wrap, which includes an invigorating caffeine-infused caramel coffee sugar scrub before you’ll be painted with an antioxidant-rich chocolate mask, enriched with enzymes that will protect against free radical damage. Explore all our body wrap options and call 863-292-2317 today to schedule a treatment session.