Paraffin wax treatment is often a part of pedicure and manicure services at spas and is intended to moisturize, soften and smoothen the skin of your hands and feet. If you hadn’t guessed it already, the treatment requires you to dip your hands and feet in melted paraffin wax. But before you shudder with the memories of molten wax of candles falling on your skin and scalding it, know that the paraffin wax contains paraffin oil and therefore is soft and melts at lower temperatures (47°C- 64°C). In fact the melted paraffin wax feels warm and soothing to the skin. Paraffin wax is mainly used as a preservative to prevent moisture loss and provide glossy finish. No wonder it is used to make the skin smooth and soft.
That is what the beauty book tells me so far. But the internet provides much more. Turns out that paraffin wax has a very high “heat capacity,” that is Paraffin is able to absorb and retain a great amount of heat. So paraffin wax treatment is frequently recommended by physiotherapists for treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, minor aches and pains. Because of its high heat capacity, the energy used to melt the paraffin wax is stored in it, and once the wax layer cools down around the skin, forming a ‘glove’, it transfers the heat deep into the affected joint or area. So the treatment is not only for beauty but also for muscle and joint relief. However, Paraffin wax treatment is NOT recommended to people with hypertension, diabetes or varicose veins.
1. 2- 3 blocks of paraffin wax (also known as baker’s wax or canning wax)
2. 2- 3 ounces of vegetable oil
3. some scented essential oil
4. A double boiler
5. a greased foot tub or a casserole
6. olive oil
7. plastic sandwich bags
If you do not want to hunt for so many things you can just purchase a Professional Paraffin Bath in place of items 2- 7 in the above menu.
Anyhow, the paraffin wax treatment itself is very simple. Melt paraffin wax, scented oil, and vegetable oil in a double boiler. Grease the inner lining of your foot tub with vegetable oil and pour the melted wax into it. Wait till a thin layer has formed at the top and then dip your hands and feet into the wax. You will have to repeatedly dip your hands and feet a few times in order to form a thin layer of solid wax on them. Once you have a thin layer of ‘wax glove’ on your hands and feet, ask someone to put sandwich bags on each hand and foot.
Relax for 30 minutes. Then remove the paraffin wax by simply peeling it away.
Enjoy the feel of your smooth and soft skin.