Slimming body wraps are a trendy and sought-after spa service, but they can be pricey. They can also be DIY!

A body wrap can basically be done in two ways:

  1. By applying a substance to your skin and then wrapping the body with cellophane or plastic, then with elastic bandages.
  2. When the wraps themselves are soaked in a substance and applied to the body with a protective suit worn on top.

Heat is often a factor, as the warmth helps the release of excess body water through sweat. Sometimes light exercises to enhance the slimming effects of the wrap are a good idea, too.

Things You'll Need

Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan. Add the sea salt and stir until the salt is dissolved. Add the clay which can be purchased at a health or beauty supply store. Spa-quality therapeutic clay is alkaline and helps draw impurities and excess water from the body. Now add olive oil—and if you want something extra—an essential oil. Stir well and set the mixture aside to cool slightly.

Take a hot shower, which will open pores and allow more water to be released. This lets the clay nutrients refresh and renew skin. Pat your body dry with a towel—don’t rub.

Apply the warm clay mixture to your body, particularly in trouble spots such as your tummy or legs. Working with the clay can be messy, so you’ll want to do this in the bathroom or even the kitchen.

Wrap plastic wrap loosely but securely around the clay mixture after it is applied to your body. This helps trap body heat to promote the release of excess water weight, and it also holds the messy clay mixture while letting the body wrap work.

Wrap the clay-treated areas of the body with elastic bandages or towels, layering over the plastic wrap. If you use elastic bandages, avoid wrapping as tightly as you would for something like an injury; instead, wrap loosely—just tight enough not to slip off.

Leave the body wrapped for 45-90 minutes. (90 if you’ve got the time!) For trouble spots, light exercises (like easy body weight moves, ex: arm circles) can be performed to heat muscles under the fat, making the wrap more effective. Perform a set of 10-20 reps, then go on to the next exercise and do another set. Take a break before repeating.

Remove the wraps or towels and put them to the side (sink is a good spot). Allow them to dry enough to shake off excess clay into a trash bag so the mess isn’t crazy. Washing the towels with the clay residue still on them might clog your washing machine or drain, so let them dry. Remove the plastic wrap and throw away.

Take a warm shower, rinsing off the clay as you massage your trouble spots using with your fingertips in small circular motions and light pressure. Be sure not to scrub your skin, just gently pat it dry!