I don’t know about you, but in the summer holidays, all I want to do is lounge around and eat ice cream (ahem, fruit) and take some time out to really, really relax. This detox body wrap is my ticket to destination relaxation + detoxification.
The reason why all those exclusive day spas charge hundreds of dollars for body wraps is that they’re incredibly soothing and effective at overhauling skin. But you don’t need a spa to get massive results. Whenever I do this body wrap, I’m always a little stunned by how calm yet energized I feel afterward.
How to Make a Detox Body Wrap
A body wrap is one of my favorite skincare treatments because it leaves skin feeling absolutely amazing. We’re talking baby-bum soft. And it feels more like a self-care treat than your usual mask or scrub. Yes, applying a body mask is a bit more complicated than a plain, old face mask, but the results are worth the effort.
Fair warning: things can get a little messy. Use a sheet and a couple of towels that you don’t mind getting dirty. Don’t worry, though, because it all washes out.
We like options (you, too?), so we’ve got two different wrap recipes for you to choose from. But feel free to mix and match these ingredients to make your own body wrap recipe:
Papaya is packed with nutrients and enzymes [source] that pump the skin with good stuff and exfoliate away the dead skin.
Epsom salts relax the muscles and tease out the toxins.
Rice bran cleanses and exfoliates the skin.
Coconut oil nourishes tired, parched skin.
Essential oils like juniper berry, lavender, and grapefruit are there to make sure you take your mind off the job.
French green clay helps draw out toxins and tighten skin [source].
Fresh herbs like thyme [source], rosemary [source], and sage [source] have antibacterial properties.
How to Apply a Body Wrap at Home
There’s a lot of mystique around body wraps, and most think they can only be done within the hallowed walls of a day spa. Pfff… If you’re the proud owner of an old bedsheet, then you have all the equipment you need. Line the bath, lounge chair, or floor (anything that can be wiped clean in case of a spill) with the sheet and a couple of towels to make it more comfy, and away you go!
Line a bathtub with old sheets or place towels where you can lie comfortably without worrying about making a mess.
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. If using Epsom salts in your detox body wrap, make sure to place a little of the mask mixture in a separate bowl before adding the Epsom salts. That way, you’ll have some salt-free mask you can apply to your face.
Take a warm shower to steam open pores. Then lightly towel off and lie down in the middle of the bedsheet. Apply a generous amount of the mask to your face (use the mask without Epsom salts) and body. If you want, you can wrap your body in plastic wrap, which will help boost the detoxifying effects of the mask. Relax for about 20–60 minutes.
When you’re done, wipe off your detox body wrap (I scrape it into the bedsheet and dispose of it in the trash before throwing the sheet in the washing machine), and hop in the shower to rinse yourself off. Moisturize with coconut oil or some other gentle moisturizer.
Body Wrap FAQs
How long does a detox body wrap last?
The effects of a DIY body wrap are almost immediate and should last about a week.
How often should I do a detox body wrap?
Once a week is a good rule of thumb. Any more than that, and you run the risk of overdoing it or causing skin irritation.
What can I use in place of papaya?
Any fruit would work well. Try pineapple, strawberries, lemon zest, cucumber, and grapes.
My detox wrap is too thick to apply easily. What gives?
Just add water 1 tablespoon at a time until you get a more manageable consistency!
Two Detox Body Wrap Recipes
- Large bowl
- Old bedsheet (preferably cotton)
Papaya Body Wrap
- 3 cups fresh papaya, grated
- 2 cups plain yogurt
- 2 cups rice bran
- ½ cup coconut oil, softened
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 cup Epsom salt
Herb + Clay Body Wrap
- 2 tablespoons each fresh thyme, rosemary, and sage simmered in 1 cup water to make a tea
- 6 tablespoons French green clay
- 6 drops juniper essential oil
- 6 drops grapefruit essential oil
- Prepare a bath, sun lounge, or floor with towels to lie on. Check to make sure the room is warm because the wrap will cool the body. Put the heater on or an old blanket in reach, if needed.
- Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl (If using Epsom salts, combine everything except for the Epsom salts in a bowl. Place 1 cup of the mixture in a separate bowl to use on the face. Stir the Epsom salts into the big bowl of mixture to use on your body.)
- Take a warm shower to help open the pores, but don’t shave before the wrap. Spread out the bedsheet and sit in the middle. Using your hands, pat the mixture all over your body, starting with your feet and covering up with the bed sheet as you go. (For extra oomph, wrap yourself in plastic wrap to raise your body temperature and lock in moisture.) Stay there for anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes.
- When you’re ready, scrape the body wrap onto the sheet, and dispose or clean it off for another use. I have been known to compost the whole thing, cotton sheet and all. Rinse yourself off under a warm, but not hot, shower. Moisturize with something like coconut oil.
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Gina Jansheski, a licensed, board-certified physician who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Learn more about Hello Glow's medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.37
What could you substitute papaya with.
There appears to be a shortage of papaya’s in my region!
In gratitude] x
I just finished this wrap!
Pros: it smells nice
It is extremely thick and difficult to mix. I followed the instructions exactly and used measuring cups to ensure I was getting all the portions correct. It was near impossible to mix even after adding extra yogurt and water.
You will have way too much. Again, I used measuring cups and followed the recipe. I slathered myself in the mixture and had probably three cups left over. The instructions say to reserve an entire cup for the face mask. You'd need like, a quarter cup if you were Andre the giant.
The mixture may slightly sting your skin, irritating it and causing a rash, which won't be very relaxing.
No matter how hard you try to keep the mixture contained, it will go everywhere.
You spread it on yourself with your hands. As you pull the sheet around yourself, with your hands, the mixture will drop onto the towels/whatever surface below. As you wipe yourself off into the sheet, with your papaya-covered hands, the mixture will fly all over the bathtub. After trying to get as much of the mixture as you can off your body, you'll fold up the sheet and underneath it will be scattered clumps everywhere. As you shower, papaya and rice bran will swirl the drain until it clogs it. You'll spend ten minutes scrubbing as much as you can off your body and the tub will fill with murky water until you're standing ankle-deep in it.
You'll spend ten more minutes shoving the blanket into a trash bag, then bent over picking papaya up off the ground. Your body will not feel relaxed. You will not feel relaxed.
You'll attempt to pull papaya out of the drain until you realize that plunging your hand into the mess it's made of your tub to scoop it up is futile. You'll wait for it to drain to clean up more. Thirty minutes will go by. Crusted rice bran will dry on the sides of the tub and the floor, but the tub will remain full. You'll realize you're late to meet your friend, so you'll leave the mess for when you get home.
When you get home, the tub will still be waiting there, full of water and chunks of papaya and coconut oil and rice bran.
You'll try to scrape the remaining huge chunks of the mixture out of the bowls, which will get all over your hands, which you'll try to wipe off into the bin and inevitably get it all fucking over the place again.
I would not recommend this body wrap.
I don't go to spas so hadn't heard of this before, but your description makes me want to try it out!
I'm excited to try this! :)
Sounds enticing!! Bookmarked :).
This sounds wonderful and I will try it! I only need to book a massage right after to have the complete spa feeling. :))
Cybele @ BlahBlah says
I hope you do it! It is a wonderful wonderful way to unwind x
So I work in a spa and have only had one wrap in my life, but I'll be damned if this doesn't sound like the best at home DIY wrap! I cannot wait to test it out tomorrow!