February 18, 2022 3 min read

Have you ever encountered paraffin wax on our service list and wondered what’s it and what it does? If this was your question, then read on to learn more about the paraffin wax treatment, its chemical composition, how is it applied and the cosmetic, therapeutic benefits it offers.

What is Paraffin Wax?

Paraffin wax is a colourless and odourless natural emollient, made from saturated hydrocarbons, that is used as a popular skin-softening treatment in nail salon and spa centre. The wax also acts like a form of heat therapy, which is a wonderful remedy for those who’re dealing with physical therapy (we’ll talk more into its therapeutic benefits below). 

Fun fact: Paraffin wax can be also used as lubrication, electrical insulation, and to make candles and crayons!



What are the benefits of Paraffin Wax?

Cosmetic benefits

Cosmetically, paraffin wax is often applied to the hands and feet to make these areas supple and soft. During application, the wax adds moisture and continues to maintain the moisture level of the skin long after the treatment is complete. The wax also helps open pores and remove dead skin cells. 

Following the treatment, the result is baby-like skin, that make you feel rejuvenating and refreshing. 

The Nail Bar Beauty & Co. - Paraffin Manicure Pedicure

Therapeutic benefits

Like said, paraffin wax is an approach of heat therapy that can help boost blood flow, relax muscles, decrease joint stiffness and relieve pain in the hands of people with: 

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Fibromyalgia 
  • Other joint motility issues 

Additionally, paraffin wax can also minimise muscle spasms, and inflammation, as well as treat sprains. 

Adelaide Nail Salon Paraffin Treatment

How Paraffin Wax is applied?

At The Nail Bar, paraffin wax is often an add-on to your manicure or pedicure package. Our nail technician safely apply the wax onto your skin by following these steps:

  1. Rub lotion onto the skin area (as this allows the wax to be removed easily after the treatment)
  2. Dip the hand/feet into a plastic bag that contains melted paraffin wax until the treated area is probably coated, then tie the bag to avoid spilling
  3. Allow the wax time to cool and consolidate
  4. Remove the plastic bag and cooled wax after 10-15 minutes 



Are there any side effects I should be worry about? 

Paraffin wax is safe for most skin since it’s completely natural and has a low melting point, which means it can be easily applied to skin at a temperature low enough not to cause burns or blisters.

However, if you have very sensitive skin, paraffin wax may cause heat rash, which results in small red bumps on the skin that can be itchy and uncomfortable. 

Moreover, if you have a chemical sensitivity, you may develop minor swelling or breakouts from the wax treatment. That’s because paraffin comes from petroleum products. 

You should also think twice about using paraffin wax if you have:

  • Poor blood circulation 
  • Numbness in your hands or feet 
  • Diabetes 
  • Any rashes or sores

Lastly

Paraffin wax has been a reliable beauty treatment since the ‘30s, and will continue to be given the cosmetic and therapeutic advantages that it gives.

At our Nail Bars, we provide high-quality paraffin wax as an add-on to your mani and pedi for only $12, or $20 if combined with callus treatment. 

If you’d love to try paraffin wax, make sure to add the service in your booking. 

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