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Paraffin Wax Therapy
By Sher Warkentin

A paraffin treatment is more than just a luxurious addition to a manicure. Check out the many benefits of paraffin wax.

A paraffin treatment can feel like just a luxurious splurge at the spa, but the truth is, it can be more than just an add-on to a manicure or pedicure. A wax bath has many wonderful benefits for both your skin and your overall health. Paraffin wax has a long history for treating all kinds of ailments naturally and it is still beneficial today.

How paraffin treatment works
Paraffin treatments for hands and feet are usually offered at spas and nail salons. Your hands or feet will be dipped several times quickly into a small tub of heated paraffin wax. The paraffin is often scented with soothing essential oils. After several layers are added, the wax will be covered in a plastic bag, wrapped in hot towels and you can relax as the benefits kick in. The wax will trap the heat against your skin as it hardens, opening the pores. Once the wax is completely cooled it will be pulled away, taking dead skin cells along with it.

Cosmetic benefits of paraffin treatment
Whether you are looking to maintain your healthy skin or heal dry and cracked hands and feet, the cosmetic and healing benefits of a paraffin treatment are numerous. The opening of pores and removal of dead skin cells will rejuvenate the appearance of your skin and make your hands and feet feel silky and smooth. Paraffin is a natural emollient so it adds moisture to the sink while the wax is applied, but it also helps create moisture in your skin long after the treatment is complete. A paraffin treatment creates a sort of barrier on your skin that helps retain the oils that your body naturally produces. A wax bath can also aid in healing problems with the skin. Paraffin wax can be effective in soothing and softening calluses on hands and feet and healing dry cracked skin, especially on heels.

Therapeutic benefits of paraffin treatment
In addition to soothing and healing the skin, paraffin treatments have many therapeutic benefits for internal ailments as well. Paraffin wax has been shown to treat conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia among others. A wax treatment acts as a type of thermotherapy, or heat therapy, that helps treat these conditions by increasing blood flow, relaxing muscles and reducing stiffness in joints. It can also help with minimizing muscle spasms and inflammation, and to treat sprains and pulled muscles. Paraffin wax therapy can be particularly effective for those suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Regular paraffin hand treatments can help relax joints and relieve pain in hands before physical therapy and exercise. They can also help with lowering fluid retention and flushing toxins, which can reduce swelling.

Is paraffin wax safe?
Paraffin wax is entirely natural, which makes it a great option if you want to treat skin ailments or physical injuries without more invasive procedures. Paraffin wax has a low melting point, which means it generally safe to come in contact with your skin. You should avoid using paraffin wax if you have poor blood circulation, if you have numbness in your hands or feet, if you're diabetic or if you have any rashes or open sores.



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