WHAT IS PARAFFIN MANICURE?
Paraffin wax is a white or colorless soft, solid wax. It’s made from saturated hydrocarbons.
It’s often used in skin-softening salon and spa treatments on the hands, cuticles, and feet because it’s colorless, tasteless, and odorless(scented paraffins come in a wide variety of scents). It can also be used to provide pain relief to sore joints and muscles.
Paraffin wax has many other uses, too. It’s often used as lubrication, electrical insulation, and to make candles and crayons.
Paraffin wax is often applied to the hands and/or feet at around 100 degrees. The wax is a natural emollient, helping make skin supple and soft. When applied to the skin, it adds moisture and continues to boost the moisture levels of the skin after the treatment is complete. It can also be very soothing.
It can also help open pores and remove dead skin cells. That may help make the skin look fresher and feel smoother. An exfoliating scrub may be used along with this moisturizing treatment.
Paraffin wax may be used to help relieve pain in the hands of people with:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- other joint mobility issues
It acts like a form of heat therapy and can help increase blood flow, relax muscles, and decrease joint stiffness. Paraffin wax can also minimize muscle spasms and inflammation as well as treat sprains.
You should not use paraffin wax if you have:
- poor blood circulation
- numbness in your hands or feet
- any rashes or open sores
The cost of a paraffin wax treatment varies greatly by salon. It generally takes around 15 – 30 minutes.