Paraffin wax treatments are incredibly soothing to the skin. Most women learn of paraffin wax from seeing the treatment listed as a service at their nail salon. Many manicure and pedicures are offered with the paraffin wax treatment as a soothing and relaxing method to treating dry skin. However, paraffin wax can be used to treat more than just dry skin. Paraffin wax is one of the best methods of heat therapy.
What is Paraffin Wax?
Paraffin is a soft wax containing paraffin oil, which is nonflammable and refined from petroleum. Due to it’s very high capacity for heat, paraffin wax is able to absorb and retain a great amount of heat, but at a lower than normal temperature. This allows the wax to be used on the skin without the risk of causing burns. As with all wax substances, when at room temperature, paraffin remains a solid. Once placed into the paraffin tub and warmed, the wax becomes a liquid. When the paraffin is applied to the skin, it begins to solidify again as it cools. All of the heat that the wax retained during the melting process then transfers to the skin. This process is called heat of fusion and is precisely what makes a paraffin wax treatment so unique and special.
What is Paraffin Wax good for?
Skin Treatment – Used on the skin, paraffin wax provides an intense moisture therapy, making this treatment most ideal for dry to severely dry skin. The warm wax opens up the pores, allowing maximum absorption of the paraffin oil and other calming oils such as lavender into the skin. The heat from a paraffin treatment also helps to promote circulation in the skin, which results in a more radiant appearance. Paraffin wax treatments are not only nourishing, but are also extremely soothing and will help to soften the texture of the skin.
Heat Therapy – Paraffin wax is not only beneficial to the skin. Many body treatments will incorporate paraffin wax due to it’s superb heat therapy. Here are some of the ways paraffin can be used as heat therapy:
- To relax tired and stiff muscles
- To soothe Arthritis joint pain
- To alleviate Tendinitis pain
- As a treatment before therapeutic massage or exercise
- During physical therapy
- To warm very cold hands or feet
Overall, I would say that paraffin wax serves as an excellent treatment. With it’s many uses, owning your own
paraffin bath is a great idea. A paraffin tank is easy to use and maintain. It is a small investment, with great gain.