Many people use Vicks VapoRub, because it helps with colds, fevers and chest pains. But, do you know that the cream can be utilized for losing weight and improving the look of certain parts of your body? Many spas offer a wrap therapy that they claim tightens skin and helps in weight loss. WebMD says that these wrap therapies became popular in the ’80s and ’90s.
Do your own spa therapy at home with a plastic wrap and Vicks VapoRub. You should simply rub VapoRub on your skin and then wrap the same area in plastic wrap.
Here is how a wrap therapy session can help you:
1. Weight Loss
Step to Health magazine says that because of the active ingredient in Vicks VapoRub, camphor, it can be used to “stimulate fat burning” in certain areas of the body. According toWebMD, if VapoRub is combined with plastic, it will cause the body to sweat. This leads to water loss, not fat. Still, the result is loss of weight.
WebMD says that the weight loss is temporary, just a day or two, but losing that extra inch to fit into a dress for a special occasion is amazing. In the video below, Danielle Stewart shows how plastic wrap therapy, with using vitamin E oil and Epsom salt, reduced her waist by an inch after 45 minutes.
The SpaFinder president Susie Ellis told WebMD: “I look at those slimming wraps like a spray tan. It’s temporary, but sometimes that’s OK.”
You should remember to stay hydrated while doing wrap therapy, because you are losing water weight.
2. Cellulite Reduction
According to Step to Health magazine, you can mix the Vicks VapoRub with rubbing alcohol and baking soda. This combination will reduce the appearance of cellulite and will moisturize your skin.
3. Stretch Mark Reduction
As perLiveStrong, the oils in Vicks VapoRub can be used to minimize the appearance of stretch marks. Additionally, the oils and active ingredients in VapoRub “may make overly stretched skin feel softer and can reduce a dry appearance that makes stretch marks stand out.” But, according to LiveStrong, no topical cream has yet been proven to do so.