Paraffin wax treatments are a luxurious way to soften and moisturise the skin and are offered as an optional extra along with a manicure or pedicure.
Paraffin wax has been used for its healing properties as far back as Roman times where it was commonly used in massage therapy. Today it’s a popular addition to a manicure or pedicure and is also used as an aid in treating sports injuries, arthritis, eczema, inflammation, psoriasis and stiff or sore joints.
Paraffin wax is soft at room temperature and has a natural softening and smoothing effect on the skin. When molten (47-64 degrees C), slightly cooler than a latte, the wax can be applied to the skin without any pain or discomfort.
The paraffin used in treatments is colourless, odourless and has been tested to ensure it is hygienically safe. When part of a manicure or pedicure, paraffin wax treatments are usually administered via a bath or tub containing molten wax.
The procedure involves dipping your hands or feet into the tub several times to form a thick coating of wax. Alternatively, a technician may paint several layers of the wax onto the hands or feet using a brush. As the wax hardens, the paraffin's natural emollient softens skin and the heat opens the pores.
To retain heat the hands or feet can be covered with a non-porous material (usually a plastic covering) which will allow the wax to be absorbed for around half an hour.
The wax doesn’t adhere to the skin so removal is pain-free. As it’s removed it will take with it any dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. The hands or feet are then given a light massage and an additional moisturiser is applied.
Benefits of Paraffin Wax Treatments
Both the heat and the wax can be of great benefit to dry cracked skin on the hands and feet by intensely moisturising and providing a waterproof coating to help retain the natural oils produced by your body.
Paraffin wax baths can help to relieve the pain caused by arthritis and rheumatism. The heat from the wax increases the blood flow to the area, reduces swelling and relaxes the muscles allowing more freedom of movement in the joints.
Heat treatments using paraffin wax work well for sports injuries to help speed up recovery by increasing blood flow to the affected area and reducing inflammation.
The treatment is not suitable in the following cases:
If you have diabetes or any other circulatory diseases such as Reynaud’s Syndrome.
If you have varicose veins.
If you suffer from hypertension.
If you have broken skin in the area the paraffin wax is to be applied.
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