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Winter Woes – Paraffin wax treatments

Winter Woes – Paraffin wax treatments

shereeBy Sheree Epstein

Are your hands or your feet looking chapped, dry, cracked, possibly even have minor cuts and visible bleeding on them?

Whether you work outside for a living or use or wash your hands a lot, your hands can take quite a beating from this. Together with dry, Winter weather you may be experiencing painful hands and feet that have been exposed to abuse such as with detergents and the cool weather.

During the Winter months your hands and feet need just as much attention as they do in Summer!

We tend to think that just because our feet are more exposed in Summer that we would only need regular pedicures during the summer time, however this is not the case.

During Winter your hands are exposed to cold temperatures, causing them to show extreme dryness, crack and possibly bleed.

On the other hand, your feet may be more protected and shielded within layers of socks and hidden in shoes, however most people may still find dryness and cracked heels that may still be evident from summer. The constant use of nail polish during summer can also cause major discolouration and ridges on the toe nails, leaving the feet looking dull and unappealing.

These are the main reasons as to why you should look after your hands and feet during the winter months just as much as you do in the summer months. This can be achieved by going for regular manicures and pedicures and can improve drastically. Most importantly, a very popular and relaxing winter grooming treatment is the paraffin wax manicure or pedicure and is a viable beauty treatment suited for these particular purposes.

Paraffin wax may actually surprise you with what it can be used to treat!

It is an excellent form of heat therapy and can treat people with arthritis or any rheumatic diseases. This form of wax helps to increase the blood flow, relax the muscles, improves any joint stiffness and also reduces pain. It can also often be used for muscle, tendon and ligament ailments.

Not only does paraffin wax have therapeutic properties, it also has the enhanced ability to soften and moisturize dry, cracked skin and in addition to being known for its ability to “lock in” moisture.

This assists restoring suppleness, leaving the skin feeling silky soft and smooth.

What is a paraffin wax treatment exactly?

Paraffin wax is a warming, luxurious addition to a manicure or pedicure.

It is a warm-to-hot wax that is melted to a certain constant temperature.

Once the wax has melted, your hands or feet are immersed into the paraffin wax, dipping it in and out about 2- 3 times, waiting 2 or 3 seconds in between each dip so that the wax is able to dry and mould to the contour of the specific body part. This is done until the area is fully covered, coated and layered with the wax, almost feeling like a tightly fitted glove. Once slightly cooled, the area is covered with mittens on the hands and mitten boots over the feet to keep the warmth in for longer. This can stay on the desired area for about 10-15 minutes or if preferred, slightly longer. The removal of the wax is reasonably easy as it slides off the area without difficulty due to the oil content within the wax.

The wax is disposed after each client and must never be re-used or re-cycled so as to avoid the spread and growth of germs and bacteria!

It does not have any side effects and does not react with any other substances. It comes in various flavours and colours, sometimes even odourless and colourless.

For the most beneficial results it is recommended to have the treatment at least once a week in order to maintain soft, moisturized skin and at least daily for therapeutic purposes and ailments.

Do not delay the treatment and experience a paraffin wax manicure or pedicure before your hands and feet are exposed again during summer as when they are exposed again they will look refreshed, revitalized, supple and well – groomed.