Body wraps absorb excess water and compact the skin, which can improve circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite. These wraps can be expensive in spas, but using seaweed found in health food stores offers a natural and inexpensive alternative. Seaweed contains vitamins and minerals as well as iodine that is beneficial for relieving aches and pains. You can use seaweed strands or powdered seaweed to make an effective body wrap.
Soak a 2-ounce package of dried wakame in warm water for 10 minutes. Dried wakame is a type of Japanese seaweed found in health food stores.
Wrap the warm, wet strands around your body while sitting or standing in the bathtub. This will minimize the mess.
Peel the seaweed off your body after 30 minutes, and throw away the strands. Rinse your skin with cool water.
Mix 8 ounces of dried seaweed powder with enough water to make a thick paste.
Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 drops of an essential oil such as lavender. Stir the mixture. If it is too thick, add more water. If it is too runny, add more seaweed powder.
Apply the mixture to your body while in the bathtub or while sitting on towels. Cover yourself with a light sheet.
Take off the sheet, and rinse the paste off your skin with cool water after 30 minutes.
For best results, take a warm shower or bath before your wrap in order to open your pores. Exfoliate using a scrub or exfoliating brush to remove dead skin cells.
You can get some of the same benefits of a seaweed wrap by collecting your own seaweed and putting it in your tub while you take a bath. Steam it first so it is clean.
Do a seaweed body wrap every other week to maintain results.
Keep a glass of water nearby in case you feel warm and uncomfortable during your wrap.