Most spas and salons have been offering paraffin wax treatments as a service for many years, yet not everyone is aware of its feel-good benefits. The treatment is actually a surprising little bonus that feels very luxurious at a relatively low cost!
Often, it is offered as an add-on during a manicure or pedicure, because it extends the pampering element of these services.
Paraffin wax is a colourless, odourless wax that’s been skimmed off petroleum after it has reached its boiling point. It has several uses but its excellent heat-retaining property makes it invaluable in spa treatments.
The block of paraffin wax is melted in an electric, plastic container and kept warm. When the beautician removes the lid, the client can dip her hands or feet into the container.When layered on top of freshly applied moisture cream, the warm wax creates a seal which coaxes the moisturizer to penetrate deeply into the skin.
The most immediate benefits are the look and feel of the hands and feet after the treatment. The soothing heat from the paraffin treatment opens pores and leaves a silken moisturized feel.
But a surprising and often overlooked therapeutic benefit from a paraffin wax treatment is the easing of arthritis pain. Because the wax can be deftly wrapped around the entire hand or foot, like a glove or sock, it is able to surround sore muscles and joints with healing, glorious heat.
This heat soothes pain, and reduces inflammation and stiffness. And, it can even improve the pain of fibromyalgia and tendonitis and increase circulation, by opening the blood vessels.
This little gem of a treatment will make you feel pampered and improve that dry cracked skin. It could even put a new bounce in your step!