Body wraps have been around for a while, offering a "quick fix" to losing inches on problem areas, making you skinnier in seconds. I've never been a true believer in them. They may shave the inches temporarily, but, in my opinion, the only real way to effectively lose weight permanently is maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and regular exercise.
But, my theories were tested when Shrinking Violet sent me their home edition body wrap kit to review.
The kit contains an oil to apply to 'problem areas', a measuring cup, tape measure, a sheet to record your measurements and the extremely trendy shrinky suit.
Basically, you apply one cup of the oil to wherever you want to target, be it your legs stomach, arms etc, then you slip in to the shrinky suit and let it work it's magic for one hour. You can either carry on with your day (I probably wouldn't pop to the shops in it), or you can do a workout while wearing it.
The shrinky suit helps raise the body temperature, which apparently helps the solution get to work breaking down fat cells and increasing sweat excretion (attractive).
I have to say I was pretty warm wearing the shrinky suit and I just decided I'd wear it while watching celebrity big brother! Either the suit really does generate more body heat or Stevi Ritchie's hip thrusting was really getting me hot under the collar. Let's go with the shrinky suit works...
Honestly, I didn't feel like it was doing anything except making me a bit warm, so when I removed the suit after an hour, I was surprised to find a 1 inch loss around my stomach.
The instructions say the oil will have soaked into your skin and will continue to work on breaking down fat cells over the next 24 hours so I was intrigued to see if I lost any more. But I didn't. I have remained at 1 inch smaller though, which is a positive!
You can use this kit every 7 days and I have a month's supply, so I'm going to follow up this post with a final review after I've used the whole kit to see whether it really made a difference, but so far, so good!
The Shrinking Violet Home Edition Body Wrap Kit is £99.