Everything You Need to Know About Body Wraps

So, those are the facts -- but the unwrapping point is where fantasy (and advertisements) start to separate from reality. The spas want you to believe that you'll be emerging from your wrap as if from a cocoon -- a completely relaxed, moisturized, detoxified, cellulite-free and noticeably slimmer butterfly. But if you're familiar with the phrase "too good to be true" -- and we think you are -- you probably won't be surprised to learn that the results probably won't be so dramatic. Experts warn especially not to expect medical results for conditions like arthritis.

This luxurious service is great for detoxification, skin purification and weight loss. Our Body Wraps begin with a natural body scrub to open your pores, enabling your skin to be open to the wrap’s healing properties. The detoxifying mask is then applied to your skin. After, we comfortably envelop you in a special wrap that increases blood circulation and the work of sweat glands, eliminating the toxins and harmful substances. On top of that, we bundle you in a cozy blanket to hold in the heat for product penetration. You will also be treated to a light scalp and foot massage during your treatment. Your therapist then removes the wrap and cleanses your skin using heated towels soaked in aromatic water and you can take a hot shower afterwards if you desire.

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If you select a body wrap treatment that includes a scrub before the wrap, guess what? Your skin is going to be exfoliated -- there's not much doubt about that. Whether the exfoliating agent is sea salt, pumice, sugar or some other natural ingredient, it will scrub away dead cells on the surface of your skin, which will set the stage for the next step in the wrap: moisturization.

Body wraps are all the rage at spas these days -- you might have even seen billboards or TV commercials touting the miraculous slimming benefits of these treatments. Women arrive at the spa in the morning and leave an hour later, suddenly three dress sizes smaller and completely free of cellulite!

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For a garden-variety body wrap, you lie on a massage table and get rubbed down with an exfoliating scrub, in whatever variety you picked from the menu (most spas offer a few options). After you rinse off in a shower, the therapist applies the wrap ingredients (maybe seaweed, mud, clay or an herbal or fruit product) to your body, covering it with a layer of plastic wrap. When you're all wrapped up, you might be further covered with sheets, towels and thermal blankets. And then you'll be left alone to relax -- and sweat -- for about 30 minutes.

This one is a little bit controversial. Many aestheticians claim that certain materials, when used in a body wrap (like clay, mud, seaweed and algae) will "pull" toxins out of your body. But while there's no scientific evidence to support the idea of a full-body detox, you could have some luck with skin purification and improvement of acne.

According to the president of SpaFinder Inc., 90 percent of spas offered some kind of body wrap treatment in 2008, making it the third most popular spa treatment behind facials and massages.