Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's a (DIY) Wrap

Has anyone tried any Detox/Slimming Body Wraps?  I had seriously been considering trying it since I have a little saggy skin where my C-section was. (sorry guys - TMI alert a little late ) The main goal of a detox wrap is to aid your body in detoxifying your skin and fat cells to help you trim a few inches from your stomach, thighs, arms, buttocks, neck and face. You can also reduce the appearance of cellulite and firm up loose skin. Who doesn't want that?  

I came across THIS blog, by Mandy Gladden, on Facebook.  She did some research and found Plexus's Fast Relief Cream and the Body Cream have many of the same ingredients found in various other wraps on the market. In fact, our creams have even more natural detoxifying ingredients than most wraps out there! You mean, I can make my own wrap?? Yes... Yes you can!

It was time for an experiment.
My tools

I worked late last night so by the time I'd gotten home, got the boys fed, and fixed something for myself, it was 9:00pm before I could try this out.  We didn't have a tape measure, or at least one the wasn't metal and stiff, so I improvised. I got some ribbon and wrapped it around my belly which was the area I wanted to test.  I cut a length of it that fit snugly, but not tightly, around me.  Now, when I finish the hour long experiment, I will use that ribbon and see if it's loose and measure the difference.  That was the plan anyways.

I undressed, took one pump of each cream, and slathered them on my belly and around my back.  I intended on wrapping myself with Saran Wrap since it's what I had handy, but thought I'd ask Paul to help me.  He said, "Wait, let me get this straight.  You're going to wrap yourself up in Saran Wrap."  I said yes.  He said "You know, you're supposed to surprise me at the door when I come home from a long day at work like that.  You're doing it wrong."  I just rolled my eyes and told him to roll me up. He did, but giggled the whole time.

I thought we had it tight enough, but almost immediately it started to slip and slide.  So, I improvised again.  I had a full body girdle because, well, you never know when you might need one.  Like now.  I pulled it on over the Saran Wrap.  This actually worked great.  Paul lost interest around this point. :-)

It was now 9:05pm.  I went upstairs to do a little work while I waited for the hour to pass.  At about 9:10pm I felt an intense tingling.  Was it working??  Maybe!  Then at 9:28pm the tingling actually got a little stronger. It was almost, but not quite, uncomfortable.  I actually like the way it felt.  No pain no gain, right?

At 10:05pm I went downstairs to unwrap myself and see if I had any success.  With my crude measuring method, it looked like I was down at least a 1/4"!  That may not seem like much, but I call it a success!  This morning when I woke up I thought I'd see if I'd ballooned back out, but now it showed a loss of closer to 1/2"! They say the benefits of the wrap will keep working for up to 48 hours. 

I will repeat the process on my thighs next.  Maybe I'll have pictures for that one.  Maybe.
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