The body wrap has been around for a long time. And when we say long time, we mean thousands of years. Apparently it's been around since the days of Cleopatra (oh, she did love her beauty). Says Allison Marks, Arcona Studios spa director, esthetician and skincare expert, "Body wraps have been performed for centuries, originating in ancient Egypt, for their healing and soothing effects, which enhance the skin appearance and texture."
Of course, that's not the only results people seek body wraps for. There is a common theory that they are a quick-fix weight-loss solution. But is this really the case? Inches of fat burnt off in a mere hour just by wrapping your body with cloth and some well-chosen skincare ingredients? All while you lay there and doze? We're sceptical, so we wanted to uncover the truth once and for all. Keep scrolling to discover just what body wraps can do.
We've all been there. A couple of weeks before that beach holiday or best friend's wedding we book a last-minute body wrap in the hope of losing some extra water weight. You also head into that treatment room in the hope that your cellulite will vanish, your fat will melt away and you'll get a nice detox.
We spoke to Dr. Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic, who revealed good and bad news when it comes to body wraps. Thanks to most of these treatments containing "detoxifying" ingredients, "they offer a quick-fix solution to a slimmer body; however, the effects are only temporary, lasting a day or two at best," she tells us.
So why can't they help with fat loss? "Lipolysis, the breakdown of triglycerides and fat to free fatty acids and glycerol whereby you lose weight, is a highly complex and delicate process that cannot be achieved by wrapping," reveals Mahto.
That said, you might initially discover that the wraps help make you feel like you've shed some weight, it's usually water weight, thanks to the "excessive sweating induced by the wrap." This all means that the effects of the treatment only last until your water levels are replenished.
But that doesn't mean you can't use them, Mahto recommends that "body wraps may be something you consider ahead of a particular event or occasion." After all, they will leave your skin looking smoother and feeling baby-soft. Although she does insist that for long-term weight loss, diet and exercise are the best and most effective plan of action (don't shoot the messenger).
As we said, good and bad news. Want to get the body wrap effect at home without the faff of heading to a salon? We've selected three products that will help to smooth and plump the skin while de-bloating your body to mimic the effects of a wrap. Keep scrolling for our selection.
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