You may have already heard of paraffin wax treatments available in most beauty spas and nail salons. Paraffin wax treatment is a luxurious addition to your manicure and pedicure routine. Little did you know, paraffin wax is actually beneficial in various aspects in health and beauty! Though we aren’t sure why, but it seems like the paraffin wax is an often underrated beauty treatment. However it is proven that the paraffin wax treatment is absolutely advantageous, especially those looking to spoil themselves at the spa!
The paraffin wax is a white or colorless soft solid derivable with properties of petroleum, coal or oil shale. Paraffin wax is mostly found as a white, odorless, tasteless, waxy solid.
Back in the ’80s, paraffin baths became commonplace in nail salons as add-on services during manicure and pedicures. Ever since then, paraffin wax applications have diversified with new single-service kits that offer disposable paraffin services. One is that because paraffin is an oil-based wax and does not contain water, it doesn’t provide an acceptable breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, and viruses to grow.
So how exactly does paraffin wax treatment work?
First, the paraffin wax is melted to a soft consistency in an digital steel bowl for paraffin bath. The waxed liquid is then carefully poured into the dish until a skin is formed on top of the wax. The temperature of the melted wax should be about right for submerging your hands when this happens. If still unsure of its temperature, test the wax directly onto your wrist so that it is not too hot for the treatment.
After that prepare your hands by washing them thoroughly and rub over olive oil on your hands for prior moisture. Then, dip each hand into the melted wax repeatedly until layers of wax has been built up on your hand. The melted paraffin wax allows its soft consistency to fit your hand like a glove as you dip into it. The reason is because paraffin wax hangs onto a lot of heat which can then transfer onto your hand, enabling treatment for aching joints and muscles.
This is best done when you have someone else to help you out, especially for the next step. Have someone to help you out to put on the “sandwich bags” onto each dipped hand, then relax for about 30 minutes or so. Another alternative to sandwich bags would be using the Saran wrap. For added advantage, place a warm bath towel over your hands as you wait.
Alternatively this process works the same way for feet paraffin treatments.
In order to remove the wax off, begin by simply peeling it off at the start of your wrist. This way the the wax will come off in larger sections rather than in small bits. Once done, give yourself a little hand massage with a scented lotion for a pampery treat.
In spas, the paraffin wax used as soothing pretreatment for manicures. This acts as an emollient which ensures in trapping moisture and soothing the skin. Rough hands, calluses and dry cuticles will be left soft and moisturized.
Paraffin wax is not only beneficial to skin, but it also has many other health benefits. It is known that paraffin wax treatment is helpful in reducing pain and relieving joint stiffness from problems like osteoarthritis, inflammation and injuries. Anyone struggling with arthritis, muscle, tendon and ligament ailments, tendonitis, sprains and pulled muscles may find paraffin treatments extremely beneficial and helpful.
The next time you visit your salon or spa, ask about getting a paraffin wax treatment and you will notice how salutary this treatment would be!