Both medical professionals and aestheticians use paraffin wax — a soft wax derived from petroleum — to care of hands both inside and out. Typically, the hands are coated in multiple layers of warm wax and covered in plastic gloves or bags to trap heat and intensify its healing and moisturizing properties.
Benefits of Paraffin Wax
Thanks to its ability to seal in moisturize by forming a protective barrier around the skin, paraffin wax is a popular beauty treatment for hands and many times accompanies a professional manicure. For the best DIY result, apply lotion to your hands before dipping them in warm wax; this increases the absorption of moisturizing ingredients, relieving dry, cracked skin and conditioning cuticles. Arthritis suffers may find coating their hands in hot paraffin wax reduces pain and improves agility by relaxing muscles, improving circulation and loosening stiff joints.
References and ResourcesCasey Allied Health: Paraffin Wax Bath
Nails Magazine: The Big Dip: Paraffin Waxes
WebMD: Paraffin Wax for Arthritis - Topic Overview
Net Doctor: White Soft Paraffin BP