Women getting body wraps for relaxation, improved skin tone and inch lossFARGO - Teresa Pazdernik started doing body wraps 15 years ago as a way to treat herself. The 48-year-old Fargo woman kept doing them for the added benefits of stress relief and improved skin tone.
By: Meredith Holt, INFORUM
FARGO - Teresa Pazdernik started doing body wraps 15 years ago as a way to treat herself.
The 48-year-old Fargo woman kept doing them for the added benefits of stress relief and improved skin tone.
“My skin feels a little bit tighter and toned, which is why I keep doing them,” she says.
Women are getting wrapped at spas and home in hopes of decompressing, improving skin tone and losing quick inches.
Danielle Mahar, an independent distributor for It Works Global, says a lot of new moms ask to try her products to test their promises.
“Many are overjoyed with the added help of toning their tummies and help healing stretch marks left behind,” she says.
The 29-year-old Moorhead woman says the company’s Ultimate Body Applicators can be placed anywhere on the body someone wants to tighten, tone and firm.
“They are infused with all-natural, botanically based ingredients that when applied to the skin can result in these types of benefits in as little as 45 minutes with progressive results over the next 72 hours,” she says.
For the past few years, Pazdernik has been getting her monthly body wraps at Fargo’s Sweet Banana Spa.
She likens the experience to the relaxation of a massage.
“Once she puts the lotion on and then you’re wrapped, it’s very warm and comforting,” she says of spa owner Laurie Warner.
Warner says the body wrap cream she uses contains ingredients not available to the general market that help restore the skin’s elasticity.
The 43-year-old Moorhead woman tells her clients they’ll lose inches but if they eat fast food or drink soda afterward, they’ll defeat the purpose of the treatment and lose their results.
“We base it on inches, and results are typically half a dress size or pant size with one wrap,” she says.
Regardless, Dr. Rachel Ness, dermatologist with Dermatology Associates in Fargo, says women should have realistic expectations about results.
Pazdernik doesn’t keep track of her measurements before and after body wraps, but she says her results seem to last a long time.
“For me, I feel so much better, but I do know that people do it for inch loss,” she says.
Warner recommends a body wrap the day of a special event for help getting into a form-fitting dress but one every four to seven days paired with drinking lots of water and eating healthy meals for more lasting results.
It Works Global’s Mahar says “it was love at first wrap” after trying one on her stomach.
“Not only did my skin look and feel tighter and more toned, there was a night-and-day difference in the appearance of my stretch marks after three back-to-back pregnancies,” she says.
She says results, which vary with each individual, “could last anywhere from two to six months with progressively permanent results when paired with a healthy lifestyle.”
Dr. Ness says benefits are temporary.
“Body wraps could theoretically or potentially have cosmetic benefit if they contain high-quality ingredients such as topical retinoids, alpha-hydroxy acids or exfoliating agents, but most likely the body wrap would have to be repeated to see any clinical benefit,” she says.
The Sweet Banana Spa website says body wraps aren’t recommended for people with diabetes or high blood pressure, who are undergoing certain treatments for cancer, or are pregnant.
“You get very hot during a body wrap, which is not recommended for pregnant women,” Warner says. “The active ingredient works on circulating toxins in the blood stream, so it’s not recommended for anyone with high blood pressure.”
She says anyone with those conditions should consult with a physician beforehand.
Because she’s claustrophobic, Pazdernik thought she’d feel uncomfortable during the wrap, but instead, she liked it.
“I think because you’re so snug in there, it’s almost like when you’re cold in the winter and you curl up in a blanket,” she says.
Like any treatment that improves your well-being, Dr. Ness says, “If you have the money and it makes you feel good, do it.”
“Whatever methodology it is, whether it’s massage or acupuncture or meditation, any type of process that lowers your bodily stress and inflammation in general improves your health, so I think that body wraps, which sort of fall into that category, could potentially have some mood-boosting effects,” she says.