Paraffin treatment

Warm wax treatment that aids blood circulation and leaves skin supple

A paraffin wax “dip” or “bath” is a soothing treatment in which the hands/feet are submerged in a warm mixture of paraffin, a petroleum-based wax, and mineral oil. This warming treatment soothes aching joints and improves circulation, and the combination of oil and wax softens rough skin. Massage therapists can use paraffin dips to relieve joint stiffness, while spas and salons often include them before pedicures.

How It Works

The wax, solid at room temperature, is heated to between 123 and 125 degrees in a hand/foot bath. The hands/feet are then submerged, either one at a time or together. After a few seconds, the hands/feet are removed from the bath and the wax hardens slightly when it hits room temperature air. The hands/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.

How It Helps

The wax traps heat near the skin, which penetrates to stiff and aching joints. This warmth also improves circulation to the hands/feet. The wax and mineral oil softens rough skin, making it an ideal preliminary to a manicure/pedicure or a relaxing treatment for those who work on their hands/feet for long periods. It is also used as a therapeutic treatment for arthritis or muscular pain.