There is no scientific evidence that body wraps work to do more than moisturize the skin. The marketed claims for body wraps sell the additional promise of detoxifying the skin, slimming the waist, and reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Body wraps may include ingredients such as rosemary, honey, butter, clay, chocolate, eucalyptus and various minerals. Scientific evidence does not support detoxification of the body, but some wraps may help cleanse the skin of impurities.
Any slimming effects received with body wraps occurs from loss of water weight and is temporary, lasting only one to two days. Experts warn slimming through dehydration can cause hypovolemic shock, which is a reduction in blood volume that occurs from dehydration.