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How Paraffin Wax Can Ease Dry Skin Caused by Colder Weather

As the temperatures drop and heaters turn on, the air loses much of its moisture–and so does your skin.  Dry and cracked hands and feet can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and even unhealthy.  Here is how to use paraffin wax to ease dry skin and rejuvenate during the cooler weather.

Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax is an odorless, generally colorless wax, similar to candle wax formulas, which is safe for skin.  Paraffin wax has been around since the 1800’s and is used in cosmetics, wax paper and many other household or commercial uses.  Scents or oils added to paraffin wax lock in easily, allowing for perfumed or scented candles or dips.

The paraffin wax used in a spa setting, as a hand dip or for feet, generally has additional natural oils in the wax, to keep the melting point low.  That lower melting point prevents burning or scalding, the way that straight candle wax might burn the skin, as well as offering additional moisturizing qualities.  During the heat wrap of a paraffin wax, the increased circulation has even been shown to ease painful joints or arthritis discomfort.

Even though the paraffin itself does not transfer into the skin, the heat treatment of paraffin helps open up the pores, to allow for the maximum application and penetration of the moisturizers in paraffin wax.  

Particularly during the colder winter months, when hands and feet may feel chilled and circulation slows, warm dips can offer deep relaxation and restoration.

Paraffin for Hands

After cleansing and shaping and before applying new polish, you can opt for a warm and refreshing paraffin hand dip.

Used as part of manicure, paraffin hand dip benefits include:

  • Locking in skin’s natural moisture
  • Adding back moisture to the skin
  • Restoring moisture to de-polished nail beds
  • Adding moisture to the cuticles for healthier nail growth
  • Improving the texture and youthfulness of hands

Paraffin for Feet

As much as hands and fingernails may need a restoration of moisture, feet are often in even greater need. Toes and heels can get dry and calloused.  Nail bed and toenail cuticles can get dry or discolored.  The heel of the foot, particularly in the winter time, may get dry and even painfully cracked.

While paraffin should not be applied directly to broken skin with open wounds or cuts, it can do a great deal to restore dryness and moisturize the dry skin caused by colder weather.

Just as can be done during a manicure, paraffin for feet can be applied after the cleansing and sloughing of the feet, before polish is applied.

A pedicure with paraffin wax can:

  • Deeply moisturize dry feet
  • Help restore areas where layers of dead skin were removed
  • Soften tough or calloused skin
  • Moisturize nail beds and cuticles to allow for optimum healthy new growth
  • Provide a deep and satisfying relaxation through the heat transfer and pedicure process

Add Paraffin to Any Nail Service

If you are looking for maximum relaxation as part of any nail service, consider adding on a paraffin dip.  This luxurious treatment will restore skin’s youthfulness and vibrancy, while helping to reverse or protect against the dryness caused by colder weather this winter.

Consider adding paraffin to your regular nail care regimen, this winter and in the months to come.  You’ll watch your skin’s supple, healthy texture improve and maintain, even while you relax and enjoy the warm, soothing and pleasing aroma of our paraffin dips.

Maintain and maximize that moisture with a natural and healthy moisturizer, recommended by one of our highly trained professionals.

Your hands and feet will soon thank you this winter.




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