Different body wraps serve different purposes, and it’s important to understand the difference between detox, hydrating and slimming wraps so you get the experience you want. First, body wraps always start with some kind of exfoliation. At the very least, there will be a dry body brushing. However, a dry body brushing is not nearly so effective as a body scrub. Because you want the product they put on your skin to be able to penetrate the skin as deeply as possible, make sure the body wrap includes a body scrub first. A body brushing just isn’t enough. There are three kinds of body wraps:
Hydrating body wraps
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. Suddenly Slimmer in Phoenix is one spa that specializes in them, hence the name. 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 (Suddenly Slimmer recommends this) or spend some time in an infra-red spa.