Paraffin wax treatments are luxurious spa treatments that are intended to moisturize and soften the skin. Paraffin wax treatments are most often applied to the hands and feet as components of manicures and pedicures respectively. Paraffin wax is unlike more common spa wax that is used for hair removal on the face and body. That type of wax is much more viscous and bonds to the skin.
Paraffin wax treatments are particular popular in the winter.
People who experience seasonal dry skin often find paraffin wax treatments to be helpful and relaxing preventative measures. Dry, cracked heels and knuckles can make cold weather unbearable. One or two moisturizing paraffin wax treatments can help a great deal during snowy months.
Paraffin wax is a softer wax because of the paraffin oil component. Because it is a soft wax, it melts at a lower than normal temperature. This means that the skin can be submerged in the wax without causing burning or blistering.
The wax is melted at 125°F in a vat or bathtub. Then the part of the body that need treatment is dipped into the molten wax so that a thin layer of wax is formed on the surface of the skin. Then the wax is allowed to dry up. For a double coat, it is dipped into the liquefied wax once again. Then the coated part is covered with a non absorbent material. It will help to trap the heat of the wax inside. This heat helps to have a soothing effect on the joint pain of arthritis. It will also help in improving the blood circulation in the area and thus helps to give a healthy looking skin. After about half an hour, when the wax has hardened, it is peeled off.
Because the treatments are meant to be soothing, calming oils are often added to the wax in order to add a dimension of aromatherapy to the experience. Lavender paraffin wax treatments are common in spas.
Paraffin wax is a colorless and odorless oily substance. It is non toxic and does not cause any adverse reaction when it comes in contact with skin.
The process of facial treatment is a bit different. The face is fist covered with a gauze mask for protection. Then the warm and molten paraffin wax is applied all over the face and neck area by gentle brushing. When the paraffin wax is cooling down on the facial skin, its cleansing and moisturizing process begins. After 15 - 20 minutes, the wax layer is peeled off very carefully. At the end of the treatment, when you look yourself in the mirror you will be surprised to see your gorgeous face with a satin smooth skin!