It is the compression and the body heat generated from the wrap that does most of the work. So it is okay to be a little creative. Here is what was handy.
Keep in mind that fat loss results will vary from person to person. The inches you lose will depend on your own metabolism, your level of activity and your diet.
Still, you can try the ginger wrap because it is very inexpensive and very easy to make. You will see some skin firming and fat loss, especially if you are consistent. Adding ginger to your diet will enhance the results even further.
You will need 1 tablespoon of ground ginger and a couple tbsp of your favorite body lotion. You can use any lotion (whatever is available) or a firming lotion.
Also you can use fresh ginger if you have a way to turn it into a paste, like with a food processor. Fresh ginger would probably work better, but I used ground ginger because it was easier to mix. Here is what it should look like.
Don’t Skip This Step. Take a hand towel and wet it down with water as hot as you can stand it. Wring out the excess water then place it on the area you want to wrap for a few minutes until it cools.
This opens up the pores, making the DIY body wrap twice as effective. Believe me, it is more than worth the few extra minutes.
You can skip this if you'll be using a heat pad.
Apply a thick layer over the skin on the area you wish to reduce. Do not rub in. Wrap area with several layers of clear plastic cling wrap.
And then, wrap over that with Ace bandage wrap (or another saran wrap), starting from the bottom and working your way up ( * this is optional).
Do not wrap too tightly or you will be uncomfortable. The goal is for it to be just tight enough to stay on. Any tighter than that and it will feel like a corset, and you won’t be able to keep it on long enough to get results.
Lay down and place the heating pad on top of your tummy and relax. You don’t want to do too much bending or moving. Note: If you're not using a heat pad, you can get up and walk around if you need to. You are not confined to your bed or chair but take it easy.
Watch a movie or read a book. This is your spa day so no housework until your ginger wrap is over. You want to leave it on for 4 to 6 hours. I left mine on for 4 hours and I can see the result ( I lost almost 2 inches from my waist).
Combine 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1/4 cup sea or Epsom salt, 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Cut open the green tea bags and add them to mixture & add 1 tbsp cacao powder. Mix all together to form a thick paste.
Spread the mixture on the affected area and rub it on with an exfoliating glove if available. Note: coconut oil is going to melt and run down your legs so make sure you have a towel handy. Just bear with the uncomfortable feeling but once you're wrapped snugly, it won't be as bad.
Next, take the plastic wrap and begin at your pubic line area wrapping the plastic snugly around your abdomen (about 5 or 6 wraps should do the trick). Now wrap your abdomen using the same process with the Ace bandages and secure it snugly (It took me 2 Ace bandages) but not to the point where you feel you can't breathe. Put on an old t-shirt and pair of comfortable exercise pants or robe.
Lay down or sit comfortably in a reclining chair. Turn on your heating pad or microwaved rice sock (homemade heating pad) and place over your abdomen. Note: Don't put the heating pad directly on bare skin, as this could cause serious burns. Drink at least 8 oz of water to hydrate yourself. Make the experience as relaxing as possible. Dim the lights, listen to soft music, read a book, or simply meditate.
Let your first DIY body wrap for at least 2.5 hours. For the 2nd to 4th wrap, doing it for one and a half hours is fine.
When it's time to take everything off, give your skin another good exfoliation with exfoliating glove or your wet hands before taking a shower. After the shower, apply your favorite moisturizer or oil on the affected area.
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