Paraffin, a conductive form of superficial heat, is often used for heating uneven surfaces of the
body such as the hands. It consists of melted paraffin was and mineral oil. Paraffin placed in a
small bath unit becomes solid at room temperature and is used as a liquid heat treatment when
heated at 126 - 127.4ºF (52 - 53ºC). The most common form of paraffin application
is called the dip wax method.
How is it done?
A paraffin dip takes only a few minutes. First, the skin is sanitized, then, moisturizing lotion is applied and
lightly massaged into the area. The hand or foot is immersed gradually into a warm paraffin spa, creating an extra thick
paraffin glove. A mitt or bootie is then slipped over a plastic liner creating a seal to improve heat retention
(the disposable plastic liner protects the mitt or bootie from the paraffin). The treatment will last about
10 to 15 minutes then the paraffin glove will be peeled off, revealing incredibly soft and moist hands or feet.
What are the benefits of Paraffin?
Warm paraffin treatments can rejuvenate, hydrate and nourish the skin beyond your expectations! After a
paraffin dip the heat increases the blood supply to the area being treated, moisture is drawn from the underlying
layers of the skin, the moisture surfaces and mixes with the applied moisturizer. This fluid is unable to
evaporate because of the paraffin glove. It is then infused back into the skin resulting in the most successful
way to rejuvenate, hydrate and nourish the skin.
Medical conditions that Paraffin has helped...
Arthritis, Bursitis, Fibromyalgia, Sprains, Tendonitis, Joint Stiffness, Eczema, Psoriasis
and Dehydrated skin have had positive effects from Paraffin Treatments. (According to Spa Elegance, Imperial PA)
Paraffin treatments are not recommended when the following conditions are present; high blood pressure, diabetes,
varicose veins, open cuts and sores and any other unusual hand or foot disorders.