[Article updated on 19/09/2023]
Slimming wraps are a popular weight loss technique, which, when combined with a diet and exercise program, can help shed extra pounds. Slimming wraps are excellent ways to help reduce the appearance of cellulite, curb appetite, sculpt buttocks and thighs, and tone the skin. Slimming wraps that you can make yourself at home are as effective as the expensive wraps you get in spas and beauty salons. By using natural ingredients that are easily found, it is possible to design a homemade slimming wrap that is as effective as it is inexpensive. In the following lines, I will give you some tips for saving hundreds of euros by making a homemade slimming wrap! Be careful, I’m not talking about this culinary marvel!
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Effects of homemade slimming wraps
The best homemade slimming wraps trigger various metabolic processes the combination of which leads to slimming of the body. These body wraps are worn for one main reason: to make the body as warm and moist as possible. To achieve satisfactory results that lose centimeters, they eliminate toxins and hydrate the skin. Even a hammam or sauna cannot give results as effective as a homemade slimming wrap, provided you follow the guide to the letter and use 100% organic ingredients. Used properly, homemade slimming wraps can help lose weight, banish cellulite, detoxify the body, nourish the skin, increase metabolic rate and regenerate the skin.
Homemade slimming wrap: the basic principles
Succeeding in a homemade slimming wrap is certainly not one of the twelve labors of Hercules, but certain basic rules must be respected to obtain an effective product, which is safe for the patient’s health. These rules cover aspects such as type of ingredients, method of application and others.
It is absolutely essential to use high quality organic ingredients and combine them correctly. This is the key to success and the secret to an effective homemade slimming wrap. There are generic formulas on the Internet, but they cannot match a properly executed homemade slimming wrap. A variety of ingredients that can be found in nature and in your pantry can be used to make the best homemade slimming wraps. It is possible to make them with herbs or essential oils such as lavender, lemongrass, sage or sandalwood. You can use floral parts such as rose petals or chamomile flowers. The recipe can also use mineral components such as green clay which stimulates blood circulation and detoxifies the skin.
Clay is the most used ingredient. It is a powder that, when mixed with water, works to attract toxins and impurities from the skin. The most common types of clay used for body wraps are bentonite, yellow kaolin, and pink clay. The oil absorption properties of bentonite make it suitable for oily skin. Additionally, bentonite works as an exfoliant by helping to remove dead skin cells. Finally, bentonite acts on the pores of the skin and stimulates blood circulation. Yellow and pink kaolins are more suitable for normal to dry skin, as these types of clay do not have absorbent properties.
Epsom salt is a magnesium sulfate in crystalline form that is soluble in water. Epsom salt can absorb excess water, restore magnesium levels, relieve stress and increase energy, as well as endurance. Epsom salt works by raising levels of serotonin, a chemical mediator involved in mood regulation. Additionally, the magnesium ions in Epsom salt help reduce the effects of adrenaline.
Sea salt is an exfoliating ingredient. Exfoliants function to remove dirt, debris and dead cells, paving the way for the development of new skin cells. Sea salt also helps revitalize the skin by improving blood flow. Vegetable oils are present in most formulas. They are essential for people with dry skin. Adding a few tablespoons of olive, almond, or flaxseed oil can provide even greater hydrating power.
Powdered seaweed, such as kelp or dulse, absorbs excess water in the skin and works to increase blood flow, remove toxins from lymphatic glands, revitalize, smooth and restore elasticity to the skin . Additionally, seaweed is rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, D and K, as well as carotenes and iodine, all very important ingredients for healthy skin.
We will wrap the body in plastic film or a thin towel. We will start with the feet, wrapping the legs separately, as if applying a bandage. We will then wrap the hips and torso, then the arms. This can be a little difficult if you do it yourself. If you feel comfortable, you can ask a friend for help. External help will, in fact, allow you to achieve a better result than if you did it yourself. The difficulty of application is one of the reasons that pushes people towards industrial wraps, but it is a bad choice because these products are full of synthetic products and harmful ingredients.
You will need to lie down for approximately 45 minutes. Because the process is messy, it is advisable to lie in the bathtub to keep your house clean. To do this, we will cover the bottom of the bathtub with towels and use a towel as a cushion to make everything more comfortable. Those who decide to lie down on their floor or on their bed should first place an old blanket or tarpaulin there so as not to stain the furniture or carpet with the ingredients of the homemade slimming wrap.
Removing the homemade slimming wrap
You will need to rinse the envelope after 45 minutes. To do this, we will stand in the bathtub and shake off the residue that sticks to the film or towels to facilitate cleaning. We will use lukewarm water to make it easier for the ingredients to take off. You should avoid creating a shock by using cold water or very hot water. Gently scrub and massage the skin during the rinsing process.
The skin will be gently patted once it has dried. We will put on loose clothing to promote ventilation of the pores of the skin and we will take care to rest for a few hours. The body wrap promotes the drainage of lymph nodes, which provide immune and anti-infectious properties to the blood circulation. After applying a homemade slimming wrap, excess fluid accumulates in the lymphatic system. You will need to drink one or two glasses of water to speed up urination and drainage of excess lymph and waste.
Those who have already had a pedicure have already realized the amount of dead skin that is removed from the soles of the feet. This dead skin can slow down the penetration of ingredients. Exfoliating the skin before applying the wrap can help it be more effective, as the wrapping formula will be able to penetrate to the deepest layer of the skin. After taking a good shower, rub dry skin with an exfoliating scrub. You can use a little steam to simulate a spa experience, even if you’re in a small bathroom with screaming children.
Effectiveness of homemade slimming wraps
You must first know that a homemade slimming wrap, just like taking slimming capsules or food supplements such as the very effective fat burners, is not a miracle cure: there is no real way to use this product to give yourself a Jennifer Aniston-like body or a way to have the same fat percentage as Taylor Swift in one day. It can, however, help with weight problems related to water accumulation in the short term. It’s useful when you want to show everyone during a meeting that you can still fit into your high school jeans or when you have a big event coming up, like a wedding. Plus, it enhances the complexion giving it a healthy glow, which is perfect for bold dresses or open blouses.
There is no predetermined amount of weight that one can lose using a homemade slimming wrap, as it all depends on the amount of water the body retains, the length of time the homemade slimming wrap is worn and the type of wrap. Some people are much more comfortable wearing them for extended periods of time, so they will see better results. As a guide, you should not use a body wrap if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Women who are taking medications that cause them to overheat or who have illnesses should consult a doctor before using body wraps.
#1 Homemade kelp slimming wrap
Seaweed is full of vitamins and minerals and contains high amounts of iodine. Seaweed can relieve aches and pains, detoxify the body, boost circulation and metabolism, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Seaweed and minerals are excellent for relieving stress and fully recharging the body. As ingredients, you will need 1 cup of seaweed powder, 3 tablespoons (45ml) of almond oil or olive oil, as well as 2 cups of hot water, which you can optionally replace with 2 cups of coffee. As an option, you can add 2 drops of essential oils of rosemary, juniper or fennel to fight cellulite.
We will mix everything together until we reach the desired consistency. The mixture should resemble mud. Standing in the shower or on a towel will help avoid making a mess. The mixture will be applied all over the body, from the waist down. Once applied, we will wrap the areas of the skin with plastic wrap and then bandages. Some like to only use bandages soaked in warm water to wrap the area, to keep it hydrated for longer, this is also a good method. Plastic is a good compromise, as it tends to increase heat. Either way, both methods work well and it’s just a matter of taste.
In addition to helping to lose weight, this recipe is excellent for counteracting cellulite, which generally forms on the legs, crotch and hips. Having someone to help with the application is the best way to achieve tangible results. You should make sure to cover every square inch of skin. Once you are wrapped up, you will need to put on a blanket and rest, while trying to sweat for about an hour. You will then need to take a hot shower when you have finished rinsing off the remains of the seaweed mixture.
#2 Homemade slimming wrap with bentonite and Epsom salt
Among the ingredients of this exceptional wrap, we have 1 cup of bentonite powder (clay), 2 cups of green tea which can be replaced with water, 1 cup of Epsom salt, 3 tablespoons soup of olive oil that can be replaced with coconut oil or almond oil, as well as 2 drops of rosemary essential oil. Mix 4 cups of boiled water and Epsom salt in a bowl. Once the salts are completely dissolved, we will add the other ingredients one after the other. You will need to put everything in a mortar and mix until you obtain a paste-like consistency. No metal objects will be used during mixing, as the metal will react with the bentonite. The objective is obviously to keep this power as high as possible for the body.
We will coat our body with the mixture, leaving our arms and head free. Lemon tree leaves will be placed on the treated skin and everything will be wrapped with plastic film to keep the leaves close to the body. It is also possible to use bandages to keep them tight. We’ll lie down on an old blanket and stay warm. We will finally rinse to get rid of the residue stuck to the skin and we will take a lukewarm bath. This slimming wrap is ideal for those who want to detoxify their body while losing excess pounds.
#3 The tonic slimming wrap
This wrap helps circulation thanks to ginger and cayenne pepper. As ingredients, we will take 2 tablespoons of ginger roots or ginger powder, 5 tablespoons (60ml) of bentonite clay powder, 10 tablespoons of hot water, 2 tablespoons (30 ml ) of Cayenne, 10 tablespoons (150 ml) of white clay and optional 2 drops of a diuretic essential oil. We will place everything in a blender for about a minute to mix. It is possible to add more clay or water to achieve the desired thickness.
We will apply the mixture in thick layers to the parts of the body that we want to lose weight and we will wrap ourselves with plastic wrap. You will have to wait 20 to 40 minutes before rinsing with hot water. We will finish with a cold shower. This homemade slimming wrap is very effective because of its thermogenic properties which it owes to ginger and Cayenne pepper. Heat can also relieve some muscle pain at the same time.
#4 Homemade slimming wrap with cider vinegar and grapefruit
We will take 0.5 cup of algae powder, 0.5 cup of white clay, 2 cups of apple cider vinegar, 2 cups of almond oil or olive oil, 8 drops of grapefruit essential oil, as well as 2 drops of lavender, juniper, fennel or thyme essential oil. Mix everything in a large bowl and add more clay or more water until you get the desired consistency. With apple cider vinegar, remember to do a patch test before applying it to the skin. We will dilute if necessary. You should also not use metal objects.
The application will be done all over the body with the exception of sensitive areas such as the face, nipples and armpits. The application must be generous to obtain the best results. Once the mixture has been applied, wrap yourself in a large towel, making sure that the parts you want to lose weight are tight. You will lie down at the bottom of your bathtub or lie down on the floor, taking care not to dirty the floor. After an hour, we will rinse off and take a hot bath.
#5 The strawberry anti-cellulite slimming wrap
Cellulite, which manifests itself by the appearance of pockets of fat under the skin and is unfortunately the problem of all women over the age of 25. This condition, which is one of the consequences of being overweight, is mainly caused by poor circulation which can slow down the elimination of toxins or fluids stored in the body.
By warming the skin, blood rushes to the surface, which allows the ingredients of this homemade slimming wrap to reach the bloodstream more effectively. This helps remove toxins and other impurities from the body that are responsible for cellulite, water retention and other common skin problems. Ginger, strawberries and clay mixed together make a great circulation booster.
As ingredients, we will have 2 ginger roots, 4 tablespoons (60ml) of Kaolin clay powder and 15 large strawberries. We will place the ginger, strawberries and kaolin clay in a blender and blend for one minute. If the mixture is a little too liquid, add a little more clay until you obtain a thick paste. We will apply the mixture to the areas of the body that we want to lose weight, then we will wrap the area with tin foil or plastic film. The mixture will be left to act for approximately 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. We will finish with a cold bath.
#6 The homemade oriental slimming wrap
This homemade slimming wrap is ideal for those who need to lose a few centimeters just to fit into their favorite outfit for an evening. By using the right minerals and essential oils, it is possible to achieve instant, albeit temporary, loss. This homemade slimming wrap works with elastic cotton bandages soaked in a warm solution of algae and clay which acts like a vast compress. It works by extracting unwanted toxins from the body and expelling fluids through the process of natural waste elimination.
To make the oriental slimming wrap, you will need 3 oz (85 g) of dried seaweed powder, 3 oz (85g) of Fuller’s earth powder, 8 tablespoons (120ml) of lime juice, 1 tablespoon (15ml) sweet almond oil, 1/2 teaspoon (2.5) clear honey, 4 drops sandalwood essential oil, 2 drops rosemary essential oil and 2 drops of lavender essential oil
We will start by mixing the seaweed, fuller’s earth and lime juice to obtain a paste. If the mixture is too thick, add a little water, then add the almond oil and essential oils. We will thin the paste by adding a little hot water, then we will dip the bandages in the hot mixture of algae and clay.
Starting at the ankles, wrap the bandages over the legs, keeping the bandages taut enough to compress the fatty tissue without feeling uncomfortable. We will keep everything for 45 minutes. To do this, we will try to relax by lying down in a warm room. The dressings will be removed and rinsed with lukewarm water. We will finish by taking a hot bath.