Paraffin is a mixture of wax and oils that lock moisture into your hands and feet.The heated wax allows better circulation, as well as relief from eczema and arthritis. Dipping your hands or feet in paraffin wax opens up your pores, allowing the oils to penetrate your skin, leaving it smooth and protected. You will notice results immediately after treatment.
The wax, solid at room temperature, is heated to between 123 and 125 degrees in a foot bath. The feet are then submerged, either one at a time or together. After a few seconds, the feet are removed from the bath and the wax hardens slightly when it hits room temperature air. The feet are dipped three to six more times to form a thick layer of wax, and then allowed to dry for 10 to 15 minutes. The wax is then peeled or rubbed away and the used wax is discarded.
The wax traps heat near the skin, which penetrates to stiff and aching joints. This warmth also improves circulation to the feet. The wax and mineral oil softens rough skin, making it an ideal preliminary to a pedicure or a relaxing treatment for those who work on their feet for long periods. It is also used as a therapeutic treatment for arthritis, muscular pain or joint sprains.