4 Frequently Asked Questions about Paraffin Treatment for Hands

Even though they have been around for centuries, Paraffin wax in spa settings have gained large-scale popularity in the last few decades. Due to their many cosmetic benefits, the ease with which they can be applied, and their lasting effects, more and more people are showing interest in these treatments. However, as with any new treatment, you may have concerns and questions regarding the product, its use and safety. Here are 4 popularly asked questions and their answers to help you gain a better understanding of paraffin wax treatments.

1.What does hot spa paraffin wax do for hands?

There are multiple benefits to using hot spa paraffin wax. Superficially and cosmetically, paraffin wax moisturizes skin making hands look soft and supple. It works by removing dead skin cells, opening up pores and removing impurities, and increasing blood circulation in hands. The result is a youthful looking skin which will enhance your manicure and spa treatment.

2.What is Spa paraffin wax made of?

Paraffin wax is a naturally occurring petrochemical. Scientifically, it is a saturated hydrocarbon polymer with a formula of CnH2n+2. The wax is a soft solid that is usually colorless and odorless. However, spa waxes often come scented to provide a soft, sweet-smelling finish. 

3.Can paraffin wax burn skin?

If the wax is not heated properly and as it should be, then there is a possibility that treatments can result in a burn. The ideal and only way to heat paraffin wax is using an appropriate wax heater. This wax should never be heated in the microwave or stove top as it is flammable. Even with a wax heater, it is best to reach a temperate of 51 degrees Celsius, check the temperature using a thermometer, and then test the heat with the tip of your finger. If you find that the wax is still too hot for your preference, cool it down slightly before dipping your hands.

4.Is paraffin wax for the hands harmful to skin?

Paraffin is made of petrochemicals just like petroleum jelly (Vaseline) and has been considered safe to use on human skin after extensive lab testing. While most people find them soothing and non-reactive, people who are sensitive to chemicals may find that the wax irritates their skin, causing swelling or breakouts. It is always best to test the product on a small area of skin to determine its suitability to your skin type. This will allow you to proceed with caution and ensure that you have no such sensitivities. Generally, it is advised not to use a treatment on broken or already irritated skin.


We hope these answers help to settle most of your concerns and questions regarding spa treatments using paraffin wax. The take away is that paraffin wax for hands is generally safe unless you have sensitive skin. Try to find a spa you trust that provides the treatment and ask them to walk you through the process for your comfort before they begin. Most importantly, if you choose to apply the treatment to your hands, relax and enjoy the process!


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