Has it ever crossed your mind that we fixate more on our facial skin than on the entire body. 9 out of 10 times we see how-tos and DIYs for the face. Have you ever for one second considered the rest of your body asides from cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing? I don’t think so.
Anyways, I’m here to fix that.
Enter Body Wraps.
Body wraps are generally a popular spa treatment used for healing, detox and weight loss. But the best thing about it is that it can be done in the comfort of your home and I’m here for that.
The first time I heard about body wrapping, I went to read up on it because I knew I had to try it mostly because of its simplicity. It’s something you can incorporate into your routine just like you do your face masks. I set up a day for body wraps and face masks. But before you do that, you need to have an intention. In this case, it is either weight loss, healing or detox. Of course, since I’m not trying to become a shadow of myself, I chose the recipe for detox.
So, how do you go about that?
Once you’ve made a decision, the next thing to do is to gather your materials which can be as simple as Bentonite clay and Apple Cider Vinegar or as elaborate as Sea salt, Glycerine and Essential oils. But before then, here are some things you need to have in mind:
- Body wraps work best with clay and salt. The clay can range from kaolin to French green but the best is Bentonite clay because it is beneficial for drawing out toxins from the body. On the other hand, Epsom salts can be used but Sea salt is better. Although, adding essential oils is optional, the right ones can give your detox that extra oomph and also boost its detoxifying abilities.
- Naturally, the body wrap mix needs a base. This can be as simple as adding enough water to the dry ingredients or you can just be like me and step it up a notch with Apple Cider Vinegar and/or Glycerine any softening agent like Milk. Finally, you need to create a wrap. Ideally, we’re supposed to dip thin towels or bandages into the mixture, allow them soak up the mixture and wrap it around our body. But in the absence of that, a cling film will do just fine.
Now, that we know the basics, we can formulate a simple recipe. This is what mine looked like the first time I tried it:
2 tsp of Bentonite clay
2 tsp of ACV
Funny enough, even after wrapping and applying to my face, I had leftovers which means BENTONITE CLAY SWELLS LIKE HELL!!! So, you need just a little for your entire body. After making the mixture, I applied on my legs and arms and wrapped them up in cling film one at a time. So, I started with my legs, left it for an hour and went about with my business. Don’t forget to have a quick shower first. After an hour, I removed the cling film and rinsed out the mixture. Mahn, my skin was as white as snow. There was an obvious difference between my legs and other parts of my body. I was horrified! So, I quickly contacted Natural Nigerian and she told me that bentonite clay draws water to itself and that I needed to hydrate my body and use a moisturizer. Phew! I was relieved. When I moisturized with Coconut Oil, my skin gradually went back to normal. Even at that there was an obvious difference between my legs and other parts of my body. So, I went ahead the wrap my arms and thighs. In a nutshell, I loved the experience. I’ve also tried to use Multani Mitti without the cling film but the results were obviously different. With Bentonite, my skin was clearer and detoxified. So, I’m gonna be sticking to that.
For my next recipe, I’m gonna be stepping it a notch with other ingredients. Look out for that but in the meantime, you can simply try Bentonite clay and ACV. Don’t forget to do a sensitivity test first.
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