Paraffin treatments are luxurious and affordable. Infused with aromatherapy and essential oils, a hand treatment is an enjoyable add-on to any salon service. The wax creates a seal and allows moisture to penetrate deep into the skin. Heat from the wax allows pores to open and skin becomes soft and smooth.
Paraffin is a by-product of petroleum. It helps seal in moisture to the skin. According to the National Candle Association, paraffin wax was introduced in the 1850s. It was originally used in candles, but has a low heat melting point. Paraffin wax comes in a large variety of colors and scents. It is often infused with essential oils.
Hand Paraffin Treatment
Paraffin treatments are performed before a manicure. The hands are cleansed with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Lotion or penetrating oil is then applied to the hands and massaged into the skin. The hands are submerged into the heated wax. Usually the hands are coated with three to five layers of wax. Hands are then covered in plastic and warm mitts. The paraffin remains on the skin for up to 10 minutes.
Removing the Wax
Paraffin wax is easy to remove from the skin. The nail technician will leave the plastic on the hands. Starting at the wrist, the wax will be loosened by gentle massage. The wax will then be peeled off the skin and should come off when the plastic is slid off the hands.
Safe and Sanitary
The heating unit should be free of any debris. If the wax has hair floating in it, it is not sanitary. The nail technician should not only cleanse the client's hands, but her own hands, too. When the unit is not in use, it should always have a lid on it. Used paraffin wax should always be disposed of and not reused.
Other Paraffin Treatments
Paraffin can also be used to moisturize the feet. There should be a separate unit for feet only. Elbows and knees can also benefit from a paraffin treatment. The paraffin is brushed onto the elbows and knees and results in soft skin. Dry skin and dermatitis can be treated with paraffin. These treatments are inexpensive and available at most salons and spas. Paraffin wax units can also be purchased for home use.