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Body wrap is the most famous and beloved by women procedure for fighting cellulite. This is a kind of body mask that tones the skin, helps to cope with fluid retention, relax and eliminate the manifestations of the notorious "orange peel". This effect is achieved not due to the destruction of fat, but due to the outflow of excess water from the tissues, which can also add centimeters and appear in the form of cellulite.
What effect can we expect from wraps?
Unfortunately, water that is easily lost is just as easily recovered. Therefore, usually the wrap is combined with other procedures - massage, myostimulation, physical activity, proper nutrition, physical activity. It is useless to fight cellulite if you suffer from puffiness for medical reasons or succumb to chronic stress. Eliminating cellulite requires an integrated approach.
As long as you eat poorly, sit on low-calorie diets, do not get enough sleep, ignore medical symptoms, constantly get nervous and tired, cellulite and puffiness will not go away (calorizer). Balance the diet according to BJU, get enough sleep, do strength training, learn to relax, and then the wraps will be good. Cellulite will no longer be your problem.
According to the mechanism of action, wraps are cold and hot.
Hot wrap against cellulite
Hot wraps can expand blood vessels and activate our blood circulation. The effect of warmth is achieved by adding mustard, pepper or heating to the mask. This promotes better absorption of nutrients.
The duration of a hot wrap reaches an average of 1.5 hours. It can be done in a beauty center or SPA-salon, as well as at home. Hot wrap is contraindicated for varicose veins, in which case cold wrap is suitable.
Cold wrap against cellulite
With cold wrapping, capillaries and blood vessels constrict. This mask acts on the skin less aggressively. This does not mean that such wrapping is less effective. It is widely used to combat cellulite and edema, as it relaxes and soothes. And since edema often occurs against a background of chronic stress, a pleasant body and nutritious wrap is what the doctor ordered.
The cooling effect is achieved through the use of menthol or mint in the mask. Cold wrap is especially recommended for fatigue, edema, heaviness in the legs, as rehabilitation after hardening of veins.
The wrapping procedure is as follows. First, the whole body is cleansed with a scrub based on sea salts - in case of severe cellulite, this increases blood circulation in the tissues, stimulates the removal of water and fat. At the same time, the skin is deeply cleansed so that the active substances act quickly and deeply. Also, a warming massage is sometimes done before wrapping.
After that, a special composition is applied to the skin, tightly fixed with cling film and left for 20-40 minutes, depending on the type and composition of the wrapping.
Then the wrap is washed off in the shower. The number of treatments depends on the degree of cellulite. As a rule, the course lasts from 6 to 15 procedures. The effect can be seen after 3-6 weeks in the form of a reduction in volumes, an increase in skin firmness and elasticity, and a smoothing of the skin relief.
The composition of the mask for wrapping
The special formulations used for the wrapping procedure are mainly prepared on the basis of algae, mud, and oils. That is, one thing is taken, for example, sea clay, and some other components are added to it. If it is a hot wrap, add pepper, and if it is cold, add menthol. Any composition can be additionally enriched with a few drops of essential oils or extracts.
Micronized algae wraps are called thalassotherapy. They increase the elasticity of the skin, nourish it with vitamins, and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Algae are combined with plant extracts such as ivy, musk, caffeine, guarana. The simplest recipe: soak the kelp for 30 minutes for a cold wrap in cool water (20-25 ° C), and for hot - in warm (37-38 ° C), then apply to the skin, fix with a film and rinse off after half an hour.
Healing mud and clay contain a large amount of mineral salts. This allows you to effectively fight cellulite, have a beneficial effect on the nervous system, blood circulation, metabolism, and smooth the skin. The mud is mixed with natural essential oils of lemon and oregano, algae, kaolin clay, horse chestnut and horsetail extract. The simplest recipe: add water to the blue clay powder and stir until a creamy consistency, add a few drops of orange or lemon essential oil, apply to the skin, fix with a film and rinse off after half an hour.
Oil wraps are based on olive or almond oil, as well as wheatgrass oil. An essential oil or a mixture of essential oils, such as lemon, lavender and juniper, is added to the base. A simple recipe: add 3-4 drops of essential oil of lemon, grapefruit and fennel to olive oil, apply to the skin, secure with a foil and rinse off after half an hour. For a warming effect, you can add a little red pepper.
Contraindications to wraps
Among the contraindications for all types of wraps:
- Skin diseases;
- Abrasions, skin lesions, unhealed postoperative sutures;
- Gynecological diseases;
- Diseases of the cardiovascular system and lymph flow;
- Severe diabetes mellitus;
- Viral and infectious diseases;
- Varicose veins and thrombophlebitis (contraindication for hot wraps).
Going to the SPA-salon, make sure that you have no contraindications for wrapping. Be careful when buying special formulations in cosmetic stores - check for harmful components and do a tolerance test. And if you yourself prepare formulations from the natural ingredients listed above, make sure that they work well with each other and are well tolerated by you.
The wrap helps to effectively fight cellulite if you have created all the necessary conditions - you started to eat right, drink enough water, control stress, play sports, get enough sleep (calorizator). Without this, the procedure will give only a short-term effect. Both hot and cold wraps improve skin tone. The choice depends on contraindications, tolerability and effectiveness for each individual person.
Author: Ekaterina G., nutritionist, fitness blogger (specially for Calorizator.ru)
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