This week I’m doing something a smidgen different than usual!
This week someone else is writing my blog post for me! haha But really, Devon, aka the Mermaid Mom, a gal I went to high school with who is also a Mama, of three, who blogs, over on The Mom with the Mermaid Tattoo and who just so happens to have just enough Hippie in her veins to jive well with me, she also loves Stevie Nicks y’all – not sure anyone I know besides Devon even likes her!
So, now I’ll hand the reins over to Devon who’s going to show you how to make a DIY Body Wrap!
I’ve done a few myself after Devon told me how to make them, and I have to say, these things really are great, they are obviously not a substitute for living a healthy lifestyle, but they are great for those times when you just need a little something extra, are a little extra bloated or have a lil extra water weight holding on!
Hi there! I’m The Mermaid Mom from The Mom with the Mermaid Tattoo.
I’m a mom of three kids under four years old. I’ve been working out and eating well since my youngest was born almost 7 months ago, but three pregnancies in such a short time has just wreaked havoc on my midsection. Something I like to do every once in a while (especially if I have an event or date night) is a wrap to help reduce bloating and the appearance of stretch marks and make saggy skin look firm.
There are a lot of expensive products out there, but I’m a pretty big fan of DIYs, so I came up with this process and it’s been pretty effective for me. You can apply this wrap anywhere you’d like. I do my belly the most often, but sometimes my butt and thighs as well. I have also found it to be most effective if I take hot bath or shower first. It just opens your pores so that the wrap can work better.
This is a before and after of my own belly after doing this wrap.
So let’s get started! My model for this DIY is my partner and best friend, Stacie. She helps me over on my blog and she’s a REALLY good sport about letting me force her into photo shoots.
What You’ll Need:
Belly band (optional)
Lots of water!
You’ll want to use a good exfoliant and clay mask. I use Epsom salts with witch hazel and peppermint EO as my exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells and improve circulation and my favorite clay is bentonite clay. What I love about bentonite clay is how customizable it is. You can switch up ingredients, add ingredients…whatever you want to suit your needs. My usual is honey, peppermint, and ACV but I’ve used aloe, lavender, tea leaves, tea tree oil, coconut oil, witch hazel, seaweed, and even milk.
Start with clean skin. You’re going to exfoliate everywhere you plan to apply your wrap. If you’re using peppermint, be cautious of sensitive areas. You’ll rinse this with warm water and a washcloth. Take a second here to lay the warm washcloth over your skin to help open your pores.
Next, you’re going to apply your clay mask. Make sure you get an even layer, but don’t make it too thick.
Once you’ve applied the mask, wrap the area with dry paper towels and Saran Wrap. The Saran Wrap is going to help bring heat to the area. I like to hold everything down with a belly band, by if you don’t have one you can also tie a scarf or sheet around everything to hold it down.
Set a timer for one hour! While you let everything sit, chug lots of water! It will make the wrap more effective.
After your hour is up, rinse the mask off (I typically just hop into the shower), and apply a very rich moisturizer. My all time favorite is Shea butter.
And that’s it! I notice that a few hours AFTER all is said and done that I notice the biggest results. So if you take a before and after, be sure to do one immediately after AND one a couple of hours later.
I hope you guys enjoyed this DIY! Let me know if you give it a try.
I hope y’all enjoyed Devon, Stacie and their amazing DIY body wrap tutorial! I’m going to be covering pretty much my entire body in wraps today! I’ll be using Bentonite Clay, Grapefruit EO, Apple Cider Vinegar, Epsom Salts and Honey!
And a HUGE Thanks to these lovely ladies for this amazing blog post!