The Benefits of Paraffin Wax and How to Use It at Home – 2

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What happens during a treatment?

Some salons and spas may offer a paraffin wax bath as part of their manicures and pedicures, but most offer it as a separate treatment, too.

The cost of a paraffin wax treatment varies greatly by salon, starting from around $15. It generally takes around 30 minutes.

How to use it at home

You can have a paraffin wax treatment done at a nail salon or spa, but you can also do it at home. It’s important to follow the correct steps to get the maximum benefits from the treatment.

To do an at-home treatment, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • four pounds of food-grade paraffin wax
  • double boiler
  • measuring cup
  • mineral oil
  • greased plastic container
  • thermometer
  • olive oil
  • sealable plastic bag
  • towel or oven mitt
  • timer
  • tissue
  • moisturizer

You could also purchase a portable paraffin wax bath to use for at-home treatments. These devices help reduce the number of supplies you need, and many of them come with paraffin wax.

If you’re using a paraffin wax bath, follow the instructions provided with your machine.

Step 1: Melt the wax

The easiest way to melt paraffin wax at home is to use a double boiler. If you have nail polish on, remove it before starting the process. Wash your hands well and dry them with a lint-free towel.

To melt the wax:

  • Add four pounds of paraffin wax to the top of a double boiler. Add water to the bottom of the boiler and place it on the stove over low heat.
  • Add one cup of mineral oil to the wax.
  • When the wax is completely melted, take the boiler off the stove. Carefully pour the wax into a greased plastic container.
  • Wait for a thin skin to form on the top of the wax.
  • Check the temperature of the wax with a thermometer. The wax is ready to use when it reaches 51.7°C.

Step 2: Apply the wax

Once the wax is prepared, it’s ready to use. To apply:

  • Massage a few drops of olive oil into the skin of the area you’re going the treat.
  • Dip your entire hand or foot into the wax and leave it in for a few seconds until a layer forms over the area.
  • Wait for the wax to dry. You’ll know it’s dry when the shine has faded. Once dry, put your hand or foot back into the wax, going a little less deep than you did before. This stops warm wax from getting under the previous layers of wax, preventing burns.
  • Repeat this process until you have at least 10 layers of wax on your hand or foot.

Step 3: Bag your hand or foot

Once you’ve applied at least 10 layers of wax to your hand or foot, put a large plastic bag over that. Then place it in an oven mitt or wrap it in a towel for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 4: Remove the wax

After 15 to 20 minutes, remove your hand from the mitt or towel and the plastic bag. Use soft tissue to remove the wax residue from your skin. Apply moisturizer all over your hand.

When you’ve completed your treatment, cover the paraffin and store it in a safe place for your next treatment.

The takeaway

A paraffin wax treatment has many aesthetic benefits and can also provide relief for people with conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia. You can pay for it to be done in a nail salon or spa or you can do it at home, if you have the right equipment.



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