Let’s talk body wraps; do they actually work? And does the famed coconut oil body wrap, in particular, live up to the claims? Here we’ll unwrap everything you need to know when considering a coconut oil wrap, and if it’s a hit or miss for your health and beauty.

Why wrap?

Proponents of wrapping are quick to brag on its benefits––weight loss, anti-cellulite effects, toned skin, antioxidant results––the list goes on and on, but is there any truth to it?

A little.

While you can forget any claims of arthritis healing or other medical factors, in terms of beauty, wrapping can be an effective quick-fix for your cellulite and dress size, as the heat, moisture, luxurious exfoliation combined with water loss will leave your skin feeling softer and looking healthier.

However, the results may not last; wrapping is a short-term fix, but it can be pretty effective, especially if you have a big event coming up and you need to look your best.

Plus, aside from looking better, wrapping has one massive plus––relaxation. In the modern world of constant connection, getting that time alone to treat yourself is just the excuse you need to put your phone down and step away from your computer.

Benefits of coconut oil

frozen coconut oil

While wraps come in all shapes and sizes, there is one, in particular, that has been drawing a lot of attention––coconut oil.

Coconut oil is thought to be a wonder liquid that combines natural fats to treat and nourish the skills. Its supposed benefits include:

  • Anti-aging properties
  • Hair conditioning and frizz taming
  • Skin moisturization and a great add-in to exfoliants
  • Healer for psoriasis, eczema and a number of other skins ailments.

The creams and liquids made from coconut oil are definitely trending and can now be found at reasonable prices in most health, beauty, and drug stores.

The risks

Coconut oil comes from the ‘meat’ of mature coconuts and may, in fact, be an excellent remedy for problematic skin.

That said, it’s not without its risks. While coconut oil, on the whole is pretty safe, those who suffer from allergies may want to do a skin test before using any coconut oil product.

A small amount on the wrist or soft skin on the inside of the elbow, left for 24 hours, will indicate if an allergic reaction is likely to take place with continued use.

Users should also be extra careful to ensure the product is as pure as possible and doesn’t contain any unnecessary chemicals that may cause an adverse effect.

Coconut oil body wrap for weight loss

With so many good reviews on coconut oil, many are wondering if this wonder cream can really do the trick for weight loss?

woman weighting herself

When combined in a wrap mixture, the addition of coconut oil may help you look and feel better. But regarding increasing weight loss? The jury is still out on that one. If you chose a coconut oil wrap, what you can expect is softer skin, a reduced appearance of cellulite, and a smaller looking body, at least for a short period of time as you lose built-up fluid with the wrap.

For lasting overall effects, you’ll need to combine these relaxing wraps with a healthy diet and exercise regime to get the most out of your experience.

How to wrap?

Going to a beauty studio can be expensive, and while sometimes it’s worth it for the luxury of having someone else look after you, it doesn't merit getting yourself into debt!

But, if you are seeking the luxury of the studio, with the budget of a couple of cups of coffee, this is how to give yourself a DIY body wrap with coconut oil at home for a fraction of the price.

What you need:

  • Coconut oil (aim for quality here)
  • A body scrub
  • Plastic cellophane wrap
  • A wrap bandage––this can be an actual bandage or a tightly wrapped towel to help generate heat.

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The wrapping process:

  1. Whether you’re seeking a coconut oil stomach wrap to lose mid-body weight or targeting another ‘problem’ area, first you need to prepare your body with steam and a body scrub. Take a warm shower and use the scrub to remove any dead skin cells; this exfoliation is essential to getting the best results.
  2. Next, dry yourself off gently and prepare the area you want to wrap. apply the cream containing coconut oil, then gradually wrap using the cellophane.
  3. Cover with a wrap bandage and wait; things are about to get pretty hot as heat and steam builds up in the wrap.

This is what helps your body look better once the wrap is of, so be as patient as you can. In 30-45 minutes remove the wrap, your skin should be feeling clean and moisturized.

Written by Maria Isabella Neverovich
Maria is an Irish writer, Health Editor at Verv, lover of forests, mountains and all things nature. She enjoys discovering new vegetarian dishes, creating...
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