Paraffin wax is a soft substance derived from petroleum, coal or oil shale that is often used in candles, crayons, lubrication, lipsticks and as an intense moisturizer for manicures and pedicures. It is a white, odorless substance that has a low melting point, meaning the melting temperature is cool enough for skin immersion.
Paraffin wax has been used as an emollient and during massage therapy as far back as the Roman Empire. Today, paraffin wax baths can help a number of conditions. The warm baths are sometimes used as a heat therapy treatment for arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, pulled muscles and sprains. Paraffin wax is also a powerful treatment for severely dry skin (which is why it’s often offered as a luxurious addition to manicures and pedicures).
Paraffin wax baths begin with the hands, feet or other body part being dipped into the melted wax, usually two or three times so a thick coating is achieved. As the wax cools and hardens, its natural emollients open pores and moisturize the skin. Additionally, when the cooled wax is pulled from the skin, it can pull away dead skin cells, leaving super soft skin behind.