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08th Jun 2015

The Truth Behind This Spa Treatment Might Surprise You

Mind. Blown.

There’s nothing quite like a trip to the spa to revive and rejuvenate you and it’s definitely one of the best ways to treat yourself.

Alongside massages, facials and manicures, body wraps are pretty popular when it comes to choosing a favourite treatment.

Body wraps often make big claims such as “loosing inches” or “busting cellulite” but according to one expert, this isn’t always the case.

Dendy Engleman, a dermatologist based in New York, recently spoke to Shape and explained that body wraps can have the undesired effect of dehydrating the skin.

This is how we feel after a day at the spa…

The treatment, which usually involves wrapping up in foil/clay/seaweed/honey, is okay every once in a while but Dendy says it isn’t something you should avail of regularly.

She maintains that it only allows for a “transient effect” and because of the water loss, skin can quickly become dehydrated.

“Not only can it lead to total body dehydration, but if repeated, the fluid shifts can’t be good for your skin quality” said the expert.

Dendy also noted that if “you are prone to dehydration or have had kidney dysfunction, there is potential for harm”.