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Body Wraps: What to Expect

Can a Body Wrap Banish Cellulite?

Cellulite body wraps won't take away the dimpled skin, Ellis says. "The appearance can be better," she says. But even the best cellulite wrap ''does not suck out fat."

Tanzi agrees, saying the effect may improve someone's appearance for a while by plumping up the skin.

''I've had a few guests think they would lose inches of cellulite," says Isaac Guerrero, assistant spa director at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa in Corona, CA. "We have to explain that this is not what we claim. It's for moisturizing the skin. That's mainly what a lot of wraps are for."

Body Wraps: Avoiding Problems

If you have sensitive skin, beware of body wrap ingredients that have a lot of fragrance, Tanzi says. They could irritate your skin. She recommends asking about ingredients before choosing a wrap and says clay is less irritating to the skin than fragrant oils.

Fryhofer says to find out the ingredients of a body wrap beforehand if you are taking any prescription medications. Then, call your doctor to see if there are any problems. She says herbals can be absorbed through the skin and potentially affect some medications.

Also, think about if you're going to be comfortable in the wrap. Carney tells her clients ahead of time that she typically wraps a person mummy-like with arms at the sides.

''Be sure to stay hydrated,'' Fryhofer says. During a typical wrap, you can sweat a lot, so it's important to replenish the water in your body.

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