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It Works! Body Wraps: Do They Actually Work?

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It Works! Body Wraps: Do They Work? Here's What You Need to Know Before Buying

It Works PackagingIt Works! body wraps are all the rage these days, but do they really work? According to the It Works! website, the body wrap is a “contouring product that can tighten, tone, and firm any area of the body.” Sounds incredible, no? As of 2014, the company is “enjoying 436% growth over the previous three years” with over 50,000 independent distributors the world over. Clearly, there’s something going on there. Here’s everything you need to know about the weight loss product before you go out and drop some hard-earned cash on the “instant results” product.

It Works! Body Wraps Reviews From the RealSelf Community

Currently, body wraps have a  40% Worth It Rating on RealSelf. Reviews specific to It Works! have a slightly lower Worth It rating of 37%.

How Do It Works! Body Wraps Work?  
According to It Works!, the body wrap is a “non-woven cloth wrap that has been infused with a powerful, botanically-based formula to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming” to any targeted area of your body. Wraps are worn for a minimum of 45 minutes and feel similar to Icy Hot. The user is suppose to lay down during the treatment. Many users wear the wraps overnight to maximize the time the wrap botanicals are touching the skin.

The It Works! body wrap can be placed anywhere from your stomach to your neck to your butt, and the list goes on. You also need to eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water, which will arguably help anyone slim down with time.

How Much Do It Works! Body Wraps Cost?
They range from $15 to $25 per wrap (see more below), but that’s not all you’ll be spending your money on. You’ll also need other supplies like the company's Fab Wrap or your own elastic bandages to hold the wraps in place for the duration of the treatment.

If you’re the DIY type, you can save money and make your own wraps out of household ingredients like green tea, sea salt, witch hazel, and coconut oil. You’ll also need elastic bandages and plastic wrap. Check out our  recipe swap forum post here.

Results Not What You're ExpectingResults Are Temporary and Might Not Be What You're Expecting

It Works! body wraps are designed to give temporary results, and can be a great tool to look slimmer before a big event. They are not proven to be effective for permanent weight loss, but they may help some consumers jumpstart a healthier lifestyle.

It Works! says you'll see progressive results over 72 hours before you need to reapply. Many users claim that once the desired results are achieved you can do maintenance wraps every few weeks to sustain the results. 

Despite what the wrap websites may imply about rapid weight loss with stunning before-and-after photos, the It Works! global site advertises that the wraps will:
  • Tighten, tone, and firm
  • Minimize cellulite appearance
  • Improve skin texture and tightness
They make no outward claims that the wraps will assist in losing inches, and state that results are not guaranteed. (In fact, some users have shown added inches, like the before-and-after featured here.)

Where Can I Buy It Works! Body Wraps?
It Works! body wraps are sold via independent distributors (dubbed “wrapreneurs”) who sign up to sell the product. These distributors sell It Works! products through home parties and events, as well on their individual websites. You can also buy them directly from the  It Works! website, however you'll still need to have the name of a distributor to complete your order. (We recommend searching for one in your area on Facebook.) Once the products are delivered to your door, you can wrap yourself in the comfort of your own home.

It Works! offers a loyalty program, which entails paying a $50 membership fee and then being auto-enrolled in monthly wrap deliveries at a discounted rate of $59 per box of four (versus $99 for a one-time purchase). While this may sound like a good idea for anyone looking to do frequent wraps, RealSelf user Alimarie07 complained that “I am having problems stopping the auto draft and the customer service says there is nothing he can do about it!”

If you do sign up for the loyalty program, be sure to read the fine print of the contract. “My rep should have verbally told me about the cancellation policy/fee of $50.00,” says RealSelf user Deja77.

Are Body Wraps Done in Spas Any More Effective?
In-office wraps are done at medispas and are applied by a professional. They cost significantly more than a home wrap, ranging from $50 to $100 depending on how many body areas are being treated. One benefit of an office wrap is that the ingredients can be customized to treat each individual’s needs. (Plus, who doesn’t love having a spa treatment done in a Zen room with aromatherapy and cucumber water?) Just like at-home wraps, professional wraps don’t seem to offer anything more than temporary results, so you might be better off investing in a nice massage instead. An  ABC investigation found that the spa technicians used unusual measuring methods that falsified the "inches lost" results.

The  FDA has stated that “There is no scientific or clinical evidence to support the use of body wraps or sauna suits for controlling weight. Nor is there any data to back up promoters' claims that these products will eliminate cellulite and bulging fat, or make ‘spot reductions’ possible.” Keep in mind that the FDA was referring to all body wraps, not just those sold by It Works!. 

Leg wrapsDo Your Research Before You Buy
As the old adage goes: If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. It Works! body wraps distributor sites are lousy with bolder-than-bold weight loss claims, unbelievable before-and-after photos, and unsubstantiated facts. Before plunking down a chunk of change, be sure to do your research on a reputable source like RealSelf. Be careful to believe the tips on the individual distributor’s websites, as that information is not on the It Works! Global main site.

Examples of these common consumer traps are:
  • Eat clean and drink lots of water to get the best results
  • Water will “flush out the toxins”
  • Avoid high sodium and foods, as well as caffeine and alcohol
  • Take a hot shower before applying the wrap to “open the pores”

However, if buying a wrap kit will serve as the jumping off point for a healthier lifestyle, then it might be worth the investment. Many people justify spending money on new exercise clothes, juice cleanses, and all sorts of other pricey tools in an effort to shift gears towards weight loss. Buying wraps may serve as a new beginning to someone who really wants to see results.

Alternative Treatments:
While the idea of body wraps may be appealing because they're non-invasive, treatments like liposuction have much higher success rates. (RealSelf users report an 80% Worth It rating for the procedure.) Following the It Works! distributor recommendations to drink more water, eat less processed foods, and work out on a regular basis will certainly help your weight loss goals... it just won’t take 45 minutes to see results.


Share your body wrap experience:

Have you tried It Works! body wraps, or any other kind of wrap? Write a review and share your own tips, tricks, and results. 

Comments (3)

I liked the minty feeling, but never saw any changes.
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I personally tried these over a six month time period. I did not see the results I had hoped for. Placing the wraps on the body was easy. The hard part was wrapping the Saran wrap on top of everything. It was a fight and the box always won. What a frustrating mess. I could never seem to get the plastic wrap tight enough, so each time everything slid off my body. Plus I wasn't a fan of the cold Icy Hot feeling I had during the hour of application. Gave me the chills and I hated the smell.
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I have always been on the skeptical side for these types of products and think they sound to good to be true. Thanks for sharing the DIY tip, maybe this could help with that last bit of suborn fat with a low cost risk.  
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