Paraffin Wax Treatment

For those spa goers or beauty-loving ladies, ‘Paraffin Wax Treatment’ is nothing new. But for those who are not, the term may not be in your dictionary and may make you puzzled. This should help:

What is Paraffin wax treatment?

Paraffin wax treatment is a kind of spa treatment that is most often applied to the hands and feet as a part of manicures and pedicures. Paraffin wax (or simply ‘paraffin’), which is the essential substance used for treatment, is unlike spa wax used for hair removal. It is a softer wax mostly white, odorless and tasteless, with a typical melting point between about 47 °C and 64 °C which is lower than normal temperature.

How does paraffin wax treatment benefit you?

When it melts and gets warmer, the paraffin wax will help moisturize dry and chapped skin making it soft and smooth. It is also helpful for people with arthritic problems, relieving joint pain and muscular aces. Calming scented oils such as lavender, rose, orange etc. are often added to the wax for the aroma-therapeutic effect.

What will the treatment look like?

Spa specialists or beauticians will melt blocks of paraffin wax in a double boiler while preparing your hands and/or feet by washing and drying. They will test if the wax has the right temperature for you. When ready, the specialists will have your hands or feet gently and slowly dipped into the warm melted paraffin wax – from your fingers to your wrists, from your toes to your ankles, and hold for just an instant. They allow the wax to set and form a thin layer, then dip repeatedly until you have several layers built up. After that, the coated part will be wrapped with a plastic liner, covered with terrycloth mitts, booties or blanket and left to ‘soak’ in the layer of wax for at least 20 minutes. Now you can take your time, relax yourself with a nice magazine, some good music or a peaceful nap, waiting for the hardening wax to peel off and find your skin left hydrated, smooth and soft.

You can do paraffin wax treatment by yourself at home with a home wax kit available in beauty supply shops. But please note that the double boiler is necessary for safety purposes; while those with dermatitis, burns, skin rashes, open wounds and any such skin condition should avoid paraffin wax treatment. However, for a better experience of being pampered, you can also have the treatment at a spa or salon.


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