Advantages of a seaweed body wrap
A seaweed body wrap has many advantages that help the body to feel better and remove toxins. In fact, the entire process for a seaweed body wrap is an excellent way to relieve daily stress and to help the body feel new and improved. The first step for a seaweed body wrap is to exfoliate the skin. Traditionally, sea salt is used for the exfoliation process because it is most natural and does not deposit impurities into the skin cells and pores.
After the skin has been exfoliated a seaweed wrap of seaweed clay is then applied to the body. Hot towels soaked in herbal solutions are wrapped around the body to keep the seaweed clay moist. Users can leave the seaweed body wrap on from half an hour to an hour depending on the depth of skin toning, relaxation and sweating they wish to accomplish.
The best way that a seaweed wrap helps to detoxify the body is through the sweating process that helps to eliminate impurities from the body. A refreshing drink of juice and seaweed is often drunk during the wrap process to keep the body hydrated and to encourage further detoxification from the inside out. It is important to remember that with any type of body wrap that you do not want to dehydrate while you are sweating out the toxins from your body.
After the wrap is complete, the excess seaweed wrap mud is wiped off with warm cleansing cloths to be followed by an invigorating and stimulating shower. This is then followed with a skin toner and then moisturizers to lock in the smoothness that a seaweed body wrap gives to the skin. More refreshing drinks are encouraged to replenish the body of electrolytes and to help with energy.
Another advantage to a seaweed body wrap is the benefits to the skin. Seaweed body wraps contain sea salt, sea weed, amino acids and vitamins that are essential to good skin care and skin maintenance. Many users feel that their skin has tightened in areas and that fine lines or small wrinkles are diminished from a seaweed body wrap. The heat helps to redistribute fat deposits in the cells and many users find that the appearance of cellulite is also decreased.
For people that have difficulties with dry skin and cracking skin, a seaweed body wrap is wonderful. The skin drinks in all the minerals, amino acids and vitamins to have a healthier glow and to retain moisture better. Many people that have dry skin find that a weekly seaweed body wrap is the solution to the problem and even do target areas between full body wraps.
If you have problems with aching bones, arthritis, joint pain or water retention a weekly seaweed body wrap can be beneficial to you as well. Many users reported that they feel better after a seaweed body wrap and have fewer aches and pains. This should not be used as a substitute for the care and medications of your professional health care team but can be an alternative to discuss with your doctor about trying a few times.
As you can see, there are many advantages to a seaweed body wrap. Always consult with your doctor prior to doing any type of body wrap since you are exposed to a great deal of heat. Some people with certain medical conditions are not advised to use body wraps.
Every day, we are exposed to toxic substances through what we eat, what we wear, the cleaning supplies we use and pollution in the air we breathe, just to name a few. Using body wraps for detoxification can help eliminate some of those harmful toxins from your body and provide essential vitamins and minerals to your body’s largest and most visible organ — your skin.
Detox body wraps use either clay or mud as a base. Clay is able to draw impurities out of the skin naturally and may contain minerals useful for sustaining healthy skin. The following is a list of a few of the most common ingredients added to the clay or mud base, and how they benefit your skin.
- Sea salts: Reduce swelling and act as an exfoliating astringent, helping to draw out toxins, kill bacteria and tighten skin
- Seaweed: Contains vitamins A, B1, C and E; calcium, magnesium and phosphorus; and essential amino acids. These vitamins and minerals absorbed through the skin work together to draw out toxins from the surface of the skin. They also increase circulation and aid in maintaining the skin’s connective tissue, collagen.
- Aloe vera: Soothes, moisturizes and softens the skin while killing fungus and bacteria.
- Herbs: Many herbs applied externally or taken internally (by drinking tea, taking supplement capsules or eating as seasoning on food) have detox properties. They are effective for topical detox because skin is capable of absorbing their helpful ingredients.
Detox body wraps for healthier skin
The greatest benefit of detoxifying your body with wraps is improving the health and appearance of your skin. While it’s true that toxins can be extracted from your body through this process, remember that the benefits of these wraps are only skin-deep. Despite some claims to the contrary, the detoxifying ingredients in body wraps are not able to penetrate beyond your skin, nor draw out toxins from your other organs. For those results, you’ll need to try a detox diet or whole body cleanse.
For who don’t want the mess of a detox wrap, patches are also available to help rid your body of toxins.
A detox patch is a soft, absorbent pad with adhesive edges that you apply to the bottom of one foot before bedtime. Derived from ancient Chinese and Japanese practices dating back thousands of years, the patches use tree sap vinegar (wood vinegar and bamboo vinegar) along with mushroom powders and starches to assist the body in detoxification.
Detox patches can be placed on any part of the body, but most users apply them to the feet. The study of reflexology tells us that there are zones in our feet that correspond in some degree to every organ in our body. These zones are targeted and used to relieve the body of stress and help restore energy.
Blood flows to our feet, and then is pumped back into the torso. The herbs and wood vinegar ingredients in the patches are also proven to vastly improve blood circulation. Thus, by applying a patch to the foot, more toxins are likely to be removed from the body than if a patch was applied to another part of the body.