Vicks VapoRub is a staple in many homes due to its use in aiding with colds, fevers and chest pains, but you may not know that the cream can be used to lose weight and improve the look of certain parts of your body.
Many spas offer a wrap therapy that they claim tightens skin and aids in weight loss. According to WebMD, these wrap therapies became popular in the ’80s and ’90s.
Now you can do your own spa therapy at home using plastic wrap and Vicks VapoRub. The process involves rubbing VapoRub on your skin and then wrapping the same area in plastic wrap.
Here’s how a wrap therapy session might help you:
1. Weight Loss: According to Step to Health magazine, camphor, the active ingredient in Vicks VapoRub, can be used to “stimulate fat burning” in certain areas of the body.
However, WebMD says the VapoRub and plastic cause the body to sweat, which causes water loss, not fat. Still, the result is loss of weight.
WebMD notes that the weight loss is temporary, just a day or two, but it can be great for losing that extra inch to fit into a dress for a special occasion.
In the video below, YouTube user Danielle Stewart shows how plastic wrap therapy (using vitamin E oil and Epsom salt) reduced her waist by an inch after 45 minutes.
“I look at those slimming wraps like a spray tan,” SpaFinder president Susie Ellis told WebMD. “It’s temporary, but sometimes that’s OK.” WebMD warns users to stay hydrated while doing wrap therapy since you’re losing water weight.