Taking Care of Mama: Wrap Results From Tummy Wraps Two to Four and Neck Wrap OneBy
My first post about tightening the loose skin on my tummy using the the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator Wraps, of which I am now a distributor, brought out a lot of vicious people. I was called fat, lazy, ugly, told I just needed to diet and exercise and other assorted things I’d never repeat in public. I guess they skipped that part about me eating real foods for over a decade, exercising, loosing over 100 pounds and I’m currently a size 8. I am reminded that being in the public eye isn’t always easy, but I’ve let the negative comments roll off my back.
I see the results in the pictures, how I feel and how my clothes are fitting, so their opinions don’t make my decisions for me. Hubby and I are both thrilled with the results I’m seeing from these wraps! So much so, that he is going to try wrapping, too, and I signed up as a distributor so we could get the best price on the wraps.
I realize not everyone will agree with my decision to use this product and not everyone would make the same choices and that’s ok. I’m not about forcing my opinion and my decisions on others. I stated as I began the series that I was going to try many options and look at many different ways to take care of myself. How you look naked definitely has an effect on how you feel, how you carry yourself, your confidence, attitude and more. Wrapping has given me a confidence boost I haven’t had in years.
Still, it was very difficult to put myself out there and post pictures, knowing it would face criticism. I am a very modest person, so it was very uncharacteristic of me to post pictures of myself, much less some ‘nekkid belly’ pics. For the people who know me in real life, seeing me post the belly pics made them sit up and take notice because they knew it must be working very well for me to be willing to endorse the product, much less take pictures and post them publicly.
I had a really hard time sharing those pictures, because I know how bad my tummy looks by the world’s standards. Ultimately, I decided to do it instead of not discussing it publicly because I know I’m not the only mom struggling with loose skin after having babies. I’m not the only mom with a stretched out tummy. I had found hope, I was seeing results, I was thrilled and I wanted to share that with other moms who are unhappy with their stretch marks and their tummies.
This isn’t about weight loss, the product makes no weight loss claims and I don’t expect to lose any weight. It’s about tightening that loose skin so I can stop wearing clothes that are two sizes too big and look horribly sloppy on my small frame just so it will fit in the stomach. It’s about regaining confidence in my body.
But It Has Aluminum In It!
There was concern expressed by some over the ingredient called magnesium aluminum silicate. I’ll put on my chemist’s hat for a minute: Magnesium aluminum silicate is also known as kaolin clay or fuller’s earth. It does have aluminum in it but its molecular weight is too large for the skin to absorb. It doesn’t get into your system. It’s a naturally occurring mineral used as a thickener.
Kaolin clay is used in many organic health care products, including many of the big name brands that have the best reputations for top quality products. It has been rated as a low risk (0-2) by the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database. After thoroughly researching the ingredient, I am comfortable with its use as all of the evidence points to it being a stable compound that can’t be absorbed by the skin.
Here are the side-by-side pictures from before my second It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator Wrap on June 8 to after wrap four on June 19th.
I did a fifth wrap, but I didn’t take pics because we were out camping when the 72 hour mark came, and then my cycle started before we got back home and I typically bloat during my cycle. I knew pictures and measurements likely wouldn’t be accurate until that is over. I will do another post in a couple of weeks to show the progress from more It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator Wraps.
Here are the pictures of my results from three wraps over twelve days.
My clothes are getting looser and I’m not feeling so lopsided and stomach-heavy anymore! Yay!
I think those pictures speak for themselves. You can see that my stretch marks are turning from pink to white and beginning to shrink. My skin is smoother. You can see the beginnings of a less rounded shape. The black lines on my back in the bottom picture of my side are where I marked the tape measure placement so I could put it in exactly the same spot to be sure I was getting accurate measurements.
My belly is tightening up! Haha! I love it! I have experienced no weight loss, but I am definitely seeing my skin tighten, tone and firm. And that is exactly what I wanted.
I became a distributor for the It Works! Ultimate Body Wraps so I could get the best price possible on them and continue wrapping. If you have questions, feel free to post in the comments or contact me and I’ll be happy to do my best to answer your questions.
Wrapping My Neck
I also decided to take an It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator Wrap that I had used one time on my stomach and cut it into six equal pieces so I could begin wrapping my chin and jawline. I have unaffectionately called it my ‘wattle’ for too long.
When I lost all the weight, the two spots on my body that rebounded the least were my chin and my stomach. I skin brushed and that helped everywhere except my stomach due to the stretch marks, and my chin, because I only brushed from the collar bone and down. I never brushed my face or my neck.
The result is that I have long been extremely self-conscious of the loose skin under my jawline. In addition, my neck is one place my body tends to store fat, which just exaggerates the problem with the loose skin. My good friend who got me going on the wraps told me that I could wrap my jawline at the same time I was wrapping my stomach, so I decided to try it out.
The pictures I took facing the side didn’t show the difference well enough, because my head was rotated too far back. That’s the joy of trying to learn to work a cell phone camera. lol However, the pictures I took of my neck pushed all the way in showed a major difference only 72 hours after my first wrap.
We are seeing the same effect on my neck that we’re seeing on my stomach- skin tightening and pulling back into its proper place. There was no decrease in fat, my skin just became tighter. After a week, I still look like the ‘after’ picture and my skin hasn’t loosened back up, which is the same thing we’re seeing on my stomach. The results are remaining. Considering that each wrap can be cut into 6 pieces for the chin and worn twice, that’s a winner in my book! That comes down to $1.42 per chin-tightening session (including the cost of shipping and taxes) if you’re a loyal customer. I would have paid far more to get rid of my wattle!
Want More Info?
As I said above, I have become a distributor so I can get the best possible pricing on the wraps. Click here to view the website where you can purchase the wraps, click here to read my write-up about the wrap ingredients, and click here to read information on the loyal customer program to get the best pricing without becoming a distributor.
If you’d like to try a wrap before you make a commitment, you can contact me.
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KerryAnn Foster runs Intentionally Domestic, formerly Cooking Traditional Foods. Intentionally Domestic is the home of the longest running real food meal plan on the internet, now in its eighth volume.
KerryAnn has over eleven years of real food experience. Read about KerryAnn’s journey to health through multiple miscarriages, celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies and intolerances, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals. She is also an It Works! Independent Distributor and she loves that crazy wrap thing!
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