Author: Pure Body Health Victoria
Paraffin wax has been around as a skin treatment for a long time. It’s said to have been used in massage therapy as far back as the Roman Empire and it is still popular today as it has many benefits both cosmetically and for therapeutic relief.
What is Paraffin Wax?
It’s a soft, odorless, tasteless and colourless wax that is a natural emollient – which is defined as “having the quality of softening or soothing the skin”. It has a low melting point which makes it safe on your skin and unlike other waxes it doesn’t have a strong stickiness and will not rip out hair.
Cosmetically it’s used typically on the hands and feet but can be used all over the body. After treatment, the skin’s moisture levels are boosted and will continue to increase even after the treatment is complete.
A paraffin treatment creates a protection on your skin that helps to keep your body’s natural oils which will continue to keep your skin soft and moisturized.
The treatment is effective in repairing dry skin or calluses on the hands or feet and is an excellent remedy for dry cracked heels.
The paraffin wax not only softens and adds moisture but also opens pores and removes dead skin cells. The wax traps the heat against your skin as it hardens, which opens your pores and when the treatment is complete and the wax is removed, dead skin cells are removed with it – leaving the skin looking and feeling fresh.
Paraffin wax has been studied and shown to have therapeutic benefits for people suffering from:
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Joint and mobility issues.
The treatment has similar benefits to that of a heat therapy, as it traps the heat against your skin. The result includes benefits such as:
- Increased blood flow.
- Decreased joint stiffness.
- Reduced inflammation.
- Minimized muscles spasms.
- Increased blood flow.
As the heat is trapped against your skin, your muscles are able to loosen and relax and the result is an increase in pain relief.
It is also used to treat sprains and pulled muscles. The wax treatment helps to flush toxins and reduce fluid retention which can reduce swelling and inflammation.
Is Paraffin Wax Safe?
Paraffin wax has a low melting point and is completely natural so it is safe on your skin. It is advised however to visit an experienced practitioner rather than giving yourself an at home treatment so as to avoid the risk of burns.
Is Paraffin Wax Treatment Right For You?
Healthlink BC recommends paraffin wax treatment should be avoided if you:
- Have poor blood circulation.
- Have a rash or open sore in the area.
- If you have lost feeling in your hands or feet.
Other than that, it is an excellent treatment option for anyone seeking to have more moisturized and softer skin, remove dead cells and brighten the skin’s appearance, or relieve pain.
If you’re ready to try a Paraffin Wax Treatment, schedule your appointment at Pure Body Health Victoria here!