What are the benefits of paraffin treatment for hands and feet
In the 1950s, paraffin therapy was only a therapeutic procedure prescribed for joint pain, to accelerate wound healing, as a warming method for colds. Since the 1980s, it has been offered in spas around the world as a cosmetic skin care method. What it is and who is eligible for paraffin treatment - let's look at it in detail.
What is paraffin treatment?
Paraffin treatment is a form of heat therapy, which can be used both cosmetically and medically. Paraffin is heated in a special tub at a temperature of 50-55 degrees, hands are placed in this liquid. Kerosene keeps its temperature for a long time and transfer the heat to the hands for a long time. Paraffin wraps the hands, quickly solidifies and forms a protective layer. The heat is transferred to the desired treatment area. The paraffin is applied directly to the skin in several layers, then the treated body area is wrapped in polyethylene and a towel, made of terrycloth. The hands immediately feel moisturized, the skin warms up and absorbs the beneficial trace elements of the paraffin and essential oils.
Thanks to the heat effect, microcirculation and blood circulation in tissues is increased, metabolism and regeneration processes are accelerated. Opening the pores increases the permeability of the skin for more effective action of therapeutic and nourishing cosmetics.
This procedure should be repeated several times to obtain the desired result. Also, the doctor will put on special gloves made of cotton or wool to enhance a bath effect. After 15-30 minutes the paraffin residues are removed and then a skin moisturizer will be applied to improve the effect.
Benefits of paraffin treatment
- Heated paraffin is an excellent face mask for a fresh look.
- Removes dead skin cells and promotes skin regeneration.
- Softens and elasticizes rough and dry skin on hands, elbows and feet.
- Removes cellular decay products and impurities from the skin surface.
- Relaxes cramped muscles, eliminates muscle spasms.
- Reduces swelling of legs and feet.
- Has analgesic effect on joints.
Parraffin treatment is used not only cosmetically, the paraffin bath has also proved its worth in osteoarthritis and other rheumatic complaints thanks to its pain-relieving effect.
For whom Parraffin treatment is not suitable
Parraffin therapy is not recommended for individuals with the following diseases or pathological conditions:
- diabetes mellitus,
- varicose veins,
- bronchial asthma,
- infectious skin diseases.
Parraffin treatment should be avoided for all mechanical superficial skin injuries - hematomas, abrasions, cuts, nail injuries.