Paraffin Wax Treatment for Hands & Feet

paraffin wax treatmentParaffin 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 (47Β°C- 64Β°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.

paraffin waxThat 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.

double boilerTo prepare paraffin wax treatment at home (for hands and feet both) you will need:

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

paraffin bathIf 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.

Have you tried Paraffin Wax treatment? Please share your experience.



34 thoughts on “Paraffin Wax Treatment for Hands & Feet

        1. I love taking hot water baths and I was thinking this would be so wowww….wrap up in warm warm paraffin and just relax..cos as you said it absorbs and retains heat, so the warmth would be around the hand or feet longer….and it all seemed so cozy cozy and I was so sleepy last night that I just put that dodo “seem so relaxing” comment and ran away πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  1. its too hot.. 😐
    my aunt who had gt fracture had to do this 2-3 times a week i gues..n she was like its too hot n unbearable..m scared :tremble: :tremble:

  2. I have done this on hands as part of Manicure. And it leaves hands AWESOMEly soft and silky. And it stays like that for days!!! Yes, the wax was hot, but bearable and I remember they wrapped plastic and then wrapped big old hot towel uptill elbows…after few minutes, the entire wax is peeled off and result is amazingly soft hands. It was very relaxing….and I would do it again, specially in Winter.

      1. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐 Errrr….I still am not quite over the fact that you teach Maths – hence my happiness that you work on weekends..pls just let me be happy for some more time before you tell me you relax 5 days a week 😐 😐 😐 😐

  3. i did a paraffin pedicure at the parlor and i thot it was a complete waste of money…it felt just like a normal pedicure…didnt make any diff to my feet πŸ™

  4. yups … i hav not done dis but my mom used to get this done when her legs used to pain a lot .. she did it for 2- 3 weeks everday πŸ™‚

  5. Very informative and interesting :yes: .I always used to wonder about paraffin mani/pedi on spa menus and think why will i pay someone for putting candle wax i get it

    Next trime i will try out a paraffin pedi or mani

  6. I have done Paraffin pedicure in parlor and it was good. However they dint dip my feet in hot wax, but applied the melted wax with a help of a brush all over my feet. After it dried, they peeled it off. The feet looked really smooth soft and the skin looked amazingly healthy. :love:
    I had also heard of paraffin wax treatment for joint pains, in which really hot (boiling hot) wax is poured over the affected area and peeled on later after some time. In such treatments of joint pains etc, the area (skin) gets affected. Small boils, reddening or skin peeling occurs, but the joint pain is relieved.

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