The chances are good that when someone uses the term "body wrap" an image involving an expensive spa setting appears in your mind. Although this can be the case, the setting can just as often involve the privacy of your own home. A homemade body wrap can relax, tone, soften and remove toxins from your body the same as any spa wrap. Ingredients for a homemade body wrap may already be in your home but if not, they are not difficult to find.
Clay is the body wrap ingredient present in the largest quantity. Clay is a powder that when mixed with water, works to draw toxins and impurities from your skin. The most common types of clay used for body wraps are bentonite clay, yellow kaolin clay and pink kaolin clay.
Oil absorbing properties in bentonite clay make it suitable for oily skin. In addition, bentonite clay works as an exfoliant by helping removing dead skin cells. Finally, bentonite clay functions to tighten skin pores and stimulate blood flow. Yellow and pink kaolin clays are more suitable for normal to dry skin, as these types do not have absorbent properties.
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate in a water-soluble, crystalline form. Epsom salt can absorb into your skin and restore magnesium levels, relieve stress and increase energy and stamina, according to EpsomSaltCouncil.org. Epsom salt works by raising levels of the "good mood" chemical, serotonin. In addition, magnesium ions in Epsom salt help reduce the effects of adrenalin by regulating nerve function.
Sea salt is an exfoliating ingredient. Exfoliants function to remove dirt, debris and dead skin cells, clearing the way for new skins cells to develop. Sea salt also helps revitalize the skin by improving blood flow.
If you have extremely dry skin, adding a few tablespoons of olive, almond or flax seed oil can provide greater moisturizing benefits, according to SpaLivingForHealth.com.
Powdered sea vegetables, such as kelp or dulse, absorb into your skin and function to increase blood flow, draw toxins from lymphatic glands, revitalize, smoothen and restore elasticity to your skin. In addition, sea vegetables are rich in vitamins A, B, C, E, D and K, as well as carotenes and iodine, all important for healthy skin.
Body Wrap Recipes
Follow these body wrap recipes to create a relaxing spa treatment in your home. To make an herbal body wrap, mix 2 cups of clay with 1 cup of ground lavender, ginger or calendula powder and 2 cups of warm water. When you want to wrap yourself in a sea vegetable wrap, combine 2 cups of clay with 1 cup of kelp or dulse, 2 cups of warm water and 1 cup of sea salt. Rub these mixtures over your body and wrap yourself in a large cotton sheet to soften and pamper your skin.