By Noreen Farooqui
Paraffin wax treatments are a luxurious add-on available with your Aroma manicure or pedicure.
Since the Roman Empire, paraffin has been used for beauty and therapeutic purposes, including massage therapy, as an emollient, and for treating various aches and pains.
What is Paraffin?
Derived from petroleum, coal, or oil shale, this white or colourless soft solid has a low melting point of 37 degrees Celcius.
Paraffin Wax Bath
It’s not what you’re thinking! Only the treatment area is submerged into a small tub, large enough for your hands or feet. The tubs used often produce heat and slowly melt the wax. Your hands or feet are dipped into the wax two or three times.
As the wax hardens, the paraffin’s natural emollients soften the skin while the heat opens pores.
Dead skin cells are removed when the cooled wax is pulled away from skin, leaving your hands or feet feeling softer, and silky smooth.
Paraffin treatments provide excellent moisturizing benefits as it locks in natural oils produced by your body, remedying dry, cracked hands and feet.
Treating Physical Conditions
Paraffin is a great treatment for those with sports-related injuries, tendonitis, rheumatic diseases such as arthritis, and pulled muscles or sprains.
Heat therapy provided by the warm, moist paraffin bath increases blood flow and relaxes muscles and eases pain and stiffness in joints.
The wax softens hardened skin thereby increasing elasticity and allowing for increased movement and mobility.
DO NOT use paraffin if you have poor blood circulation
DO NOT use paraffin if you have diabetes or have experienced a loss of feeling in your hands or feet.
If you have open sores or rashes, wait until you are fully healed before having a paraffin treatment on your hands or feet.