How to Use Paraffin Wax for Your Hands and Feet
Have you tried paraffin wax for your beauty routine? No? Well, it is time to start using it for the benefits of your skin especially on your feet and hands. I encountered it when I was working in Spa Elysium, in Ireland. At first, I was skeptical — I had heard it before, but only in connection with candles. But, actually, it can also be used in spas.
- What is it? It is a soft wax heated in a special paraffin wax heater.
- It is good for a treatment before having a manicure and a pedicure. It is great for softening the skin on your hands and feet especially to those people who have hard skin.
- It is a soft wax because it contains paraffin oil and it can be heated on a low temperature.
- Also since the temperature is low, the feet or hands can be treated on the bath without causing damage to the skin. It is for external use only.
- It is for external use only.
- Never heat it up in the microwave.
- Always use paraffin wax heater which has automatic heat controller.
- Never heat the paraffin wax in the stove or electric burner.
- Always test the temperature out before putting your feet or hands inside to check if it is okay to soak your parts of the body on the heater.
- Be careful. It is flammable.
What You'll Need
For your own wax bath at home, you'll need:
- A Paraffin wax heater.
- Blocks of paraffin wax. You can buy the kinds with a fragrance, like lavender, sold in spas or salon shops, or you can buy it online.
- Plastic bags for both your hands or feet.
- Warm spa gloves.
- Hand towel.
- Prepare the wax by heating it on the heater.
- After removing all jewelry from your hands, wash them with soap and pat dry.
- Rub a little moisturizer in your hands.
- Gently submerge your left hand, with fingers gently spread apart, down the paraffin wax. Let it stay for a few seconds then put it in again. Repeat 4 to 5 times to achieve a kind of paraffin glove as a result. The more the glove, the better.
- Put your glove hand into a plastic bag and affix it tightly. Wait for about 10-12 minutes until the wax hardens. You need somebody to do that for you!
- Do the same with your right hand.
- After repeating the procedure and your both hands are gloved up, wait for about 10 to 12 minutes after you have inserted the hands inside a spa warm gloves.
- Pull off the gloves with the plastic bags from your hands. Get off the remaining wax from your hands.
You can get your manicure now!
Instructions for Feet Treatment
- Heating the wax on the paraffin heater.
- Wash your feet and pat them dry.
- Rub a little moisturizer on your feet.
- When the paraffin has melted and is at the right temperature, slowly submerge your clean feet on the heater—one foot only Slightly spread your toes so that the paraffin wax can reach the spaces between the toes.
- Submerge the foot 4 to 5 times so that the wax covers the foot like a glove on your skin. The thicker, the better. Then, insert your foot into a plastic bag and seal it tightly.
- Repeat the same procedure to the other foot. Don´t forget to submerge the foot 4 to 5 times. When it´s done, insert it inside a plastic bag and seal it tightly again.
- Put your feet inside the booties and let it rest for around 10 minutes to let it harden.
- Pull off the wax glove with the plastic bags from your feet. Remove the remaining wax after that. There, you can feel how soft your feet are.
You can get your pedicure now!
- The heat of the wax is absorbed by the skin and thus opens the pores.
- It moisturizes and gives off a radiant look to your feet and hands.
- It soothes the muscle pains and helps increase the blood circulation of the body.
Tip: It is even better to get this treatment at a salon or at the spa, as you'll get to sit back and just relax.
Paraffin Foot Bath
© 2011 Thelma Alberts