Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Does IT (Really) Work? - Day 1, 7/10/12

As a stay-at-home-mom of a 2 and 3 year old, stress, irregular sleep, and eating patterns, have really taken a toll on my body. Of course, finding every excuse to not exercise (unless you count the superhuman sprint to catch an occasional cereal bowl from spilling all over the kitchen floor) from pure exhaustion, didn't help either.

I had gained an entire 48 pounds since I had become pregnant with my second child, and feel quite discouraged to say that 20 of those pounds are constantly being lost and gained over a period of 6 months.

For a while I have seen the IT Works! Ultimate Body Applicator wraps all over Facebook with posts of before and after pictures submitted from product users, many of which just seemed too good to be true. I have been quite skeptical to try these wraps since I am a firm believer that there is not quick fix to weight-loss, unless it is to go under the knife.

While on vacation, I was discussing my weight loss issues with my sister and I jokingly said to her "well, maybe I should invest in some of those 'miracle' that I have seen all over Facebook."

"You mean, the 'IT Works!'? I have been using them for a few months, but I have an extra 4-pack if you want it"

I figured it was worth the shot, after all, what did I have to lose? If I lost some inches that would be good thing!

What Is The IT Works! Ultimate Body Applicator?

The Ultimate Body Applicator is a non-woven cloth wrap that has been infused with a powerful, botanically-based formula to deliver maximum tightening, toning, and firming results when applied to the skin. It continuously hydrates for firmer, smoother, more youthful-looking skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite and skin slackening. See results in 45 minutes.

The Ultimate Applicator works by detoxifying, tightening, toning and firming. Daily, toxins are naturally removed from the body by your stool, urine and the air you breathe out. The ingredients continue to work for 72 hours after you have applied the Ultimate Applicator, so you may continue to see progressive results over this time period.

The results you see from the Ultimate Body Applicator are not temporary, as you may have experienced or heard about with many body wraps that simply cause water loss. The Ultimate Body Applicator helps detoxify, tighten, tone, and firm in a manner that produces lasting results—without water loss.

As is true with any weight loss or body slimming, you can reverse the results you see from the Ultimate Body Applicator with poor eating habits and lack of exercise. This is why we say, depending on your eating habits and level of daily activity, you can expect your results to last approximately anywhere from 2 - 6 months.

To view the list of ingredients and for more information on the IT Works! wrap, click here

For the next couple of weeks, I will be using all 4 of these wraps to see if they actually help shrink my mid-section. I will only be able to apply one wrap every 72 hours.

Pre-measurements before wrap (yes, typing this info. and posting my pics are causing me to cry, but the first step is admitting that you have a problem, right?)

Waist: A whopping 42 3/4 in
Weight : 168 lbs

How To Apply The Wrap

1) Wash and dry the area of your body that you wish to apply the applicator to
2) Open the envelope containing the applicator and unfold
3) Apply the lotion covered side to your skin
4) Smooth out the applicator

5) Secure the applicator to your skin using plastic wrap, elastic bandages, or form-fitting clothing (I used a tight spandex waist cincher that clasped in front)
6) Leave the applicator on for no less than 45 min (and no more than 45 min for the first time to test for allergic reaction)
7) Remove applicator and discard (they can only be used once)
8) Smooth out the remaining lotion until it is absorbed into the skin


* Since you are detoxing your body, be sure to drink 1/2 of your body weight in oz of water during the day you wrap (and for 3 days after because the absorbed lotion is still doing its work)

* The lotion did make me a little nauseous and smelled like Vicks Vapor Rub, so I opened a window.

Now for the results...

After removing the wrap, I massaged the remaining lotion into my skin and let it dry a for a few minutes.

Immediately I noticed that the appearance of cellulite on my stomach had been greatly reduced and the stretch marks surrounding my stomach were much more faint and my skin was much tighter. This is definitely a good start.

Then I measured my waist...41 in, that was 1 3/4 in lost!

I did expect more of an improvement, but I also realize that I need the lotion to work over the next few days. It is also recommended to use the Defining Gel between applications to maximize the results, which I may consider purchasing.

To see how the wrapped worked over the first three days, be sure to come back to my blog! You can follow by any of the "following" options on the right side of the page.

Disclaimer : This review was based on my personal results according to the directions that I followed above and I was not compensated in any way for this post. This product is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women or children. If you have a medical condition, health concern, or are taking prescription medication, consult with your health care professional before using this product.

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