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How to Use Paraffin Wax for Your Hands and Feet

A pair of hands, well taken care of, with manicured nails for JS Prom party.
A pair of hands, well taken care of, with manicured nails for JS Prom party. | Source

Paraffin Wax

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.

Simple manicured nails after having a paraffin wax treatment.
Simple manicured nails after having a paraffin wax treatment. | Source

Caution

  1. It is for external use only.
  2. Never heat it up in the microwave.
  3. Always use paraffin wax heater which has automatic heat controller.
  4. Never heat the paraffin wax in the stove or electric burner.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  • Moisturizer.
  • Plastic bags for both your hands or feet.
  • Warm spa gloves.
  • Hand towel.

Instructions

  1. Prepare the wax by heating it on the heater.
  2. After removing all jewelry from your hands, wash them with soap and pat dry.
  3. Rub a little moisturizer in your hands.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. Do the same with your right hand.
  7. 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.
  8. 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!

Treatment

Strawberry Manicure after paraffin wax treatment.
Strawberry Manicure after paraffin wax treatment. | Source

Instructions for Feet Treatment

  1. Heating the wax on the paraffin heater.
  2. Wash your feet and pat them dry.
  3. Rub a little moisturizer on your feet.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Put your feet inside the booties and let it rest for around 10 minutes to let it harden.
  8. 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!

Benefits

  • 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

Comments 77 comments

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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Thank you for reminding about wax spa. Know I now I have used it before. I try using it again. Thank you.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Good morning writer20. You´re welcome. It is really good to have the treatment before having a manicure and a pedicure done. Thanks for visiting again.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Well I have learnt something new, I had no idea paraffin wax could be used on our hands and feet.

Thanks for sharing a great hub


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Movie Master. Thanks for reading my article and giving a comment. Yep, in hubpages we learn a lot of things and it is good to widen our horizon. When you have tried this treatment, you will like it. Surely, you will. Have a good night sleep.


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great advice for doing this at home! DIY spa treatments are always cheaper.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Good morning randomcreative. Yes, it is cheaper doing it at home. Just ask your partner to fix your plastic bags on your hands. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good day.


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injurycase 5 years ago from North Pearl Street, Albany, New York

For those people who are beauty conscious, I think this could be a better idea such that is being used properly.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Hi injurycase. This treatment is not only good for beauty conscious people but also who have dried skin on their feet. It eases also the pain on an aching feet due to artritis. Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice weekend.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

I've never tried a paraffin wax treatment, but it sounds very soothing. Your detailed instructions are very clear, and make it sound easy to do at home.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, it is very soothing and wonderful to your skin. Once you have tried it, you'll be always doing it. Have a lovely weekend.


Nikki 4 years ago

You said the paraffin is used BEFORE a manicure. Everywhere I have been they always do the treatment after the manicure. Which is correct?


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Nikki! I don't know which is correct. Before or after? But where I worked before, we did the paraffin wax treatment before the manicure or the pedicure. Maybe to avoid that the new color will get off from the nails. Just in case. But you know, every business has its own procedure. Thanks for your comment.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This makes me want a trip to the spa! I could use a little pampering about now. Great information, voted up, useful and sharing. Have a great day! :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Very good hub and information. I have thought about getting a paraffin wax bath for my husband to use. His hands get stuff and hurt. I've been wondering if this would help him. Thanks for sharing.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi sgbrown! Thanks for stopping by and for giving a comment. Have a great day in the spa;-)


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi moonlake! Thanks for your comment. Yes, this paraffin wax will help him get the hard stuff that hurts off from his hands. Well, just let him try it.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

While I have no plan to use this tip (being a normal lazy guy lol), I'm sure some of my followers will like it. The title got my attention, as I normally only associate "paraffin" with burning.

Socially shared, up and useful.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This looks fun and relaxing. I never heard of this before. Thanks for presenting this wonderful idea!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Sorry just realized I said stuff instead of stiff.


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Healthy Pursuits 4 years ago from Oregon

I was given paraffin wax treatments by the physical therapist when I broke my wrist several years ago. I had several surgeries and many physical therapy sessions. The paraffin wax treatments were sooo nice! They soothed my sore muscles and ligaments and made my hand feel more flexible. And my skin on that hand was much softer than the other hand. While I wasn't sorry when I was well, I did miss those lovely dips in the very warm wax.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Brett for your good comment. It is highly appreciated. Well, you can try this treatment at least once, lol;-) Thanks for your sharing this hub to others. Take care and have a great weekend.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you tammyswallow for your stopping by. Yes, this is a very relaxing treatment and it makes your hands and feet soft. Have a great weekend.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

It's alright moonlake. I understood that you meant stiff instead of stuff. Thanks for coming back. Take care.


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uzma shaheen 4 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

very interesting and informative hub. I came to know a new thing, thanks for sharing it.


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prasonline 4 years ago from Sri lanka

Good advice for doing this at home and thanks for reminding wax spa

Thanks for sharing.


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lifelovemystery 4 years ago from Houston, TX

I injured my elbow a long time ago and it wouldn't heal. My doctor suggested that I start using paraffin wax on it because the heat goes deep into the tissue. A few weeks of that a couple of times a day and my elbow was back to normal. It's good stuff.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi uzma shaheen! Nice meeting you here in hubpages. Thanks for your stopping by and for giving a comment.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi prasonline! Thanks for your follow and for reading my hub. Your comment is well appreciated. Thanks again.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi lifelovemystery! Your paraffin wax treatment was very great. It is good that you have given this comment as the other readers will know how good this treatment is. Thanks for your comment and for your follow.


raise 4 years ago

beauty is nothing without safety www.google.com


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi! Thanks for your comment raise. Have a great day.


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L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

I've only experienced a paraffin wax treatment to my hands, but the results were just as you've described. Thanks for also providing the precautions necessary if using the treatment at home.

Thanks for SHARING.


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa

I once had a parrifin pedicure and never forgot how reaxing it was always promising myself the same treatment again but never got around to it.

I must enquire as to where it can be bought as the winter months can cause dry skin especially on the feet.

This has been an interesting read and thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Have a nice day!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you LadyLyell for stopping by. Yes, paraffin wax is the best treatment for hard and dry skin on the feet. I hope you can find the shop where paraffin wax is being sold.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks L.L.Woodard for your comment and for sharing my hub to other readers. Your comment is highly appreciated. Take care.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you cheap caustic soda supplier for stopping by. It is good to know the chemical substance of paraffin wax. Do you sell paraffin wax in the Philippines?


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Hi Thelma, this is useful and informative hub. My mother is using paraffin wax on her cracked feet and rough hands since many years.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Vinaya. Thanks for your comment. Yes, this parrafin wax is really helpful to our dry cracked feet and hands. It´s a kind of magic when I experienced using it for the first time. Have a great weekend!


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heart4theword 4 years ago from hub

Thanks for sharing, I've always wanted this done to my fee:) Now I am interested in finding a warmer that warms up the wax. Good Hub!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks for visiting heart4theword. There are paraffin wax heaters in this eBay advertisement included in my hub. You can buy one of them. Have a good day!


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lifetips123 4 years ago from Trivandrum

thanx and nice article


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Your welcome lifetips123. Nice meeting you here in HP. Have a lovely weekend!


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lifetips123 4 years ago from Trivandrum

Thanks for being so generous, thelma. Also, contribute more articles so that we can get more information from a great writer like you. i had voted my thumps up k.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks for coming back lifetips123. I still have more hubs for you to read whenever you are interested. I appreciate your comment. Take care;-)


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Alisa Arishina 4 years ago

That's actually rather interesting! I forgot all about paraffin use for beauty, even though I remember it being used in Spas, and the skin was extra soft after the treatment.


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khmohsin 4 years ago from London,UK

Thelma Alberts,

Thanks for contributing your devoted share to beauty tips. I will share it with friends too and happy to know about this.

Shared with friends too


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Alisa Arishina! It´s nice meeting you here. Yep, paraffin wax soften the skin after the treatment. How I wish I could find this wax in the Philippines so I can treat my feet and hands too when I´m in my home country. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good day!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi khmohsin! Thanks for stopping by and for sharing this with your friends. Try this paraffin wax treatment and you´ll love it. Have a lovely day!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful info about paraffin wax. It is really interesting to know it is used before taking a manicure and pedicure.

Voted up, useful and sharing this wonderful info.


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dilipchandra12 3 years ago from India

Useful hub, well written as well


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

You are always welcome, rajan. I appreciate your comment and thank you too for sharing this hub to others. Take care;-)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you dilipchandra. Have a nice day!


dj 3 years ago

How many times a week should I do a wax treatment


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi dj! If I were you, I would only do the paraffin wax treatment once a month as it might destroy your skin the often you do it. Besides that, it´s an expensive treatment. Thanks for stopping by.


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younghopes 3 years ago from India

great hub and u hav shared really interesting info here, i wasn't aware of this before.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks younghopes for dropping by. I wish you a happy weekend;-)


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Neinahpets 3 years ago from Greater Toronto Area, Canada

The first time I had a wax spa done to my feet I nearly jumped through the roof because I wasn't expecting the heat. It was really pleasant within seconds though. It made both my hands and feet so smooth. Great article, voted up!!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Neinahpets! I´m glad you know how it feels to have a paraffin wax treatment. The first time I had experienced this treatment, I was amazed how soft my feet and my hands were after the treatment. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week;-)


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newusedcarssacram 3 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

This seems quite interesting, thanks for sharing.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks for stopping by newusedcarssacram. It is indeed very interesting. Have a try;-)


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shai77 3 years ago

That just looks so soothing and comfortable, I've always wanted to try that. What an intersting hub!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, it is. Try it and you´ll always want to have it. Thanks for your visit;-)


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Thelma,

How great you have a hot paraffin wax hub, it is fabulous for the skin! I would love to link with my two hubs hand cream and exfoliating foot scrub. Love this, thanks Thelma for posting, how did I miss it???

Voted up, useful, interesting, shared!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Suzie,

Yes, of course you can link this to your beauty hubs. I have not read all your awesome hubs, yet. I´m sure I have miss something too, but I try to read them all one at a time;-)

How I wish I can have paraffin wax treatment in the Philippines now. I don´t know if this treatment is being used in the Philippines spa. Well, I can have this in a few weeks time in Germany. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing. Have a lovely weekend!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I just saw this on Suzie's new hub, and I'm glad I checked this out!

I didn't realize paraffin wax melted at low heat, and I was always wondering how the Paraffin Wax treatments worked.

It looks like a great way to get soft, smooth hands.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a spectacular Thursday in the Philippines!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Kathryn!

You´re welcome. I´m glad you visited. Paraffin wax is really an awesome treatment for hands and feet. It just a pity I can´t find it here in the Philippines. Just try this and you will see how wonderful it is.

Thanks for stopping by and have a spectacular day, too.


Ken 2 years ago

We've been using our paraffin wax warmer for years. Does anyone know if you can you mix in palm oil wax with the paraffin?


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Ken! I have no idea if you can mix palm oil wax in the paraffin. I have to check this out online. Thanks for your visit. Have a great day!


witt 19 months ago

HELLO, where did u get those parafin mitts? they look nice and soft and very insulated. similar to what ive used before


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Thelma Alberts 19 months ago from Germany Author

Hello witt! You can order the paraffin mitts in the Amazon ads above that are here in this article. Thanks for your comment.


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ReviewsfromSandy 16 months ago from Wisconsin

I have not tried this though I have heard of paraffin wax being useful for the hands and feet.


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Thelma Alberts 16 months ago from Germany Author

Hi Sandy! I hope you will try this. It is awesome for hands and feet. Have a nice day. Thanks for your visit.


Jeanete 5 months ago

You can buy wax at Sally's Beauty Supply!


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Thelma Alberts 5 months ago from Germany Author

Thank you Jeanette. I already have.


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vocalcoach 7 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

I've had a paraffin wax and like the way it feels. Nice hub. Thanks Thelma. Sharing.


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Thelma Alberts 6 weeks ago from Germany Author

Hi vocalcoach,

I am glad that you liked it. Thanks for your comment and for sharing this hub. You are always welcome to stop by. Have a lovely day.

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