Paraffin can be found in anything from crayons to candles and even lipstick. The simplest definition for it is that it’s basically wax. It’s important for cosmetics because it has a somewhat low melting point, and that means that it is safe to use on your skin. While paraffin is also considered an emollient, it is used for other purposes, too.
I remember that my grandmother used to apply warm paraffin to certain parts of her body that were achy. Usually, this type of paraffin is special and can be used time and again. It shouldn’t be absorbed by the skin because otherwise, it will be consumed too quickly.
In case you did not know, many athletes from the Roman Empire used to rely on paraffin treatments to get rid of sports-related injuries. Today, such treatments are widely available both at beauty parlors and everywhere else. Best of all, you can even get your paraffin wax machine and apply it to your body in the comfort of your own home.
How to apply it to your skin
There are several methods that you can use if you’re feeling achy and you want to get rid of the pain. There are some machines that heat up the paraffin, and you dip your elbow into the basin and keep it there for several minutes or up to one-quarter of an hour.
With others, however, you apply the paraffin locally on the area that requires the treatment. While my grandma used to melt it and apply it in this form, you can also get paraffin that’s been vacuum-sealed, and all it needs is for a superficial warm-up in order for it to do its job.
Get rid of cracked hands and feet
Even if paraffin wax treatments have a broad array of benefits, one of the most significant ones is that they can improve the look and feel of human skin on both the hands and the feet. Paraffin has been found to be an excellent moisturizer, and that’s because it creates a waterproof coating on the skin, which basically means that all of the natural oils produced by it are retained by the body.
Using paraffin on your hands and feet is particularly handy in winter and the summer when you might suffer from cracked heels or dry skin. Thanks to its properties, it offers amazing protection against external elements, so the weather won’t be able to affect the integrity of your skin.
Did you know that…?
At the beginning of the 20th century, paraffin wax was used largely in crime laboratories to determine the presence of gunshot residue on the suspect’s hands. A reagent was sprayed on the person’s hands once the paraffin had been removed, and it turned the skin blue if there was any gunshot residue detected.