Detox body wraps are quite the buzz these days. But do they really help you lose inches? And what results are realistic? Of course, we love a good detox but who wants to get caught in a fad that falls flat? To uncover the truth, I asked the experts and put two dramatically different detox body wraps to the test.
What Do Detox Body Wraps Really Do?
Afsi Naim, owner of LA SlimWrap explains that “over time toxins begin to accumulate between the three layers of fat. The accumulation of toxins in the body causes poor circulation, water retention, and the body's natural elimination process becomes weakened," Naim notes. "As toxins accumulate between the fat cells, the skin begins to take on an 'orange peel' effect (cellulite) as the fat cells expand to accommodate more trapped toxins.”
Want to get rid of the toxins between the three layers of fat cells? Enter detox body wraps.
Detox Body Wrap #1 The Marine Flora Wrap
I traveled to the lux spa at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, famed for its holistic and integrative spa treatments including the Marine Flora Wrap. Spa Director Maribel Lopez explains that "The focus (of the body wrap) is to deeply relax and cleanse the lymphatic system and energize the whole system particularly the immune system. The results of these therapies are increased vitality and well-being, detoxification, improved circulation, reduction of cellulite, and greatly improved skin tone."
First, I was scrubbed head-to-toe with an organic Ila treatment. After showering it off, my practitioner applied a bio-plasma mixture to increase the metabolic function of skin cells and aid regeneration. While the omega plankton improves epidermal hydration and cellular structure. Lopez adds, "The combination of organic Marine algae with Himalayan salt crystals has a profound healing effect on the body and mind." Next, came the actual wrap - warm blankets - while the bio-plasma solution worked its magic to draw the toxins out of my skin.
Eighty minutes later, I walked out on air. Detoxing has never been so blissful. I didn't lose inches. But the cellulite on the backs of my legs was reduced. My skin radiated. My mood lifted. One week later, my skin still feels like butter and the appearance of cellulite reduced even more.
Detox Body Wrap #2 The Mineral Body Wrap
Naim at LA SlimWrap got down to business and wrapped me tight like a mummy with fabric soaked in her signature blend of detoxifying minerals such as magnesium and potassium. Next, I ambled over to a small stair stepper where I lightly exercised for 45-minutes to accelerate circulation while the compression of the wrap helped me lose inches. 'Not weight," Naim reminded me, "this isn't dehydration." It took a few minutes to get used to the wrap but soon after I hardly noticed it. The woman gently bouncing on the trampoline next to me just had a baby. She combined the Mineral Body Wrap with her weight loss plan to tone and firm her skin as she lost the baby weight.
Naim unwrapped me like a tamale and immediately I saw the results. I had lost inches. One and one-half to be exact. The dress that I wore hung looser. And I experienced an increased feeling of well-being. And tens days later, my inch-loss has stayed off.
What is the Mineral Wrap's secret? "It's now well known that magnesium - a mineral vital to the detoxification process - is easily absorbed into the body through the skin," says certified nutritional consultant Mary Dellene. Naim adds, "As toxins are removed, empty pockets are formed and the compression of our advanced wrapping technique creates inch loss, nourishes, tightens, and tones the skin."
I'm a fan. What I learned is that it's not just about inch loss and reducing cellulite but also how vital is to detox our skin for energy and wellbeing. An unexpected benefit was how full of energy I felt for days after both detox body wraps got the toxins out. And I don't want to put them back in!
Best Practices for Detox Body Wraps
Naim at LA Slim Wrap reminds us that there is no such thing as a one-shot miracle detox body wrap. Also, it's important not to confuse detox body wraps with dehydration wraps (not recommended!) where you rapidly lose water weight.
Michelle Schlekewey, Spa Director at the Golden Door adds, “Detoxing needs both the inside and the outside of the body working together. Inside drink plenty of fluids to keep flushing your system. While exfoliating your skin prior to doing a wrap will assist with product absorption."
Lopez at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills Spa says that since you absorb solutions and minerals through the skin, ensure that the ingredients in the detox solution are clean and/or organic.
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Images courtesy of Four Seasons Beverly Hills and LA Slim Wrap