Even experienced spa-goers don't understand body wraps. Different body wraps serve different purposes, and it's important to understand the difference between detox, hydrating and slimming wraps for the desires the experience and expected results. First, body wraps always start with some kind of exfoliation for maximum product penetration.
Detox wraps use a variety of products such as algae, seaweed, mud, clay or gel to help rid the body of toxins. When the product is applied to the body, it's called a body mask. Then you are wrapped in plastic and covered with a blanket for about 20 minutes, which is the body wrap. These products work by stimulating your circulation, drawing out impurities, and giving the body minerals it might be missing. Afterwards, the body mask is washed and lotion is applied.
Hydrating body wraps use creams and gels to soften, soothe and hydrate the skin. Again, it's important to get a body scrub beforehand so the rich cream doesn't sit on the outermost dead skin cells. Usually the spa will use a super-luxurious body cream from its line. I remember a hydrating body wrap with Babor ACE Body Cream that was particularly wonderful. Generally, with a hydrating wrap, the therapist just massages in the body cream. You don't want to wash it off.
Slimming wraps are a labor-intensive specialty that aren't found everywhere. For a slimming wrap, each limb is tightly wrapped in Ace bandages that have been soaked in a high-concentration mineral solution to detox and remineralize the body. You look a little bit like the mummy once you're wrapped. You can walk around, exercise or spend some time in an infra-red spa. You are measured before and after so you can tell how many inches you lost.
Who should get a detox body wrap: The effect is temporary, but it's good if you want to look fantastic for a wedding. And if you get them once or twice a week, the effect is longer lasting!
A body polish is a popular body treatment that exfoliates and hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth and soft. The best way to think about a body polish is that it is a treatment for the skin -- basically a facial for the body. In a spa the body polish is followed by a shower and ends with an application of body lotion. A body polish is a popular body treatment that exfoliates and hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth and soft. The best way to think about a body polish is that it is a treatment for the skin -- basically a facial for the body.
A body polish can be done with any number of exfoliants, but sea salt, sugar, coffee grounds and rice bran are by far the most common. Depending on the exfoliant, the name of the treatment might change to salt scrub, salt glow, sea salt scrub, dead sea salt scrub, sugar scrub, brown sugar scrub or sugar glow.