If your hands have been feeling rough and dry lately, we understand why it is a matter of concern for you. But the good news is, we might have just the remedy for you! A paraffin wax "dip" or "bath" is a soothing treatment in which the hands are submerged in a warm mixture of petroleum-based wax, and mineral oil.
This warming treatment soothes aching joints and improves circulation, and the combination of oil and wax softens rough skin. Getting a paraffin wax manicure also ensures that your hands not only feel relaxed, but look gorgeous as well, all in the comfort of your home!
Interested? Here is how you can get this manicure at home…
You will need:
Sealable plastic bag
Towel or oven mitt
The first step is to liquefy the paraffin wax. You can do so in a large microwave-safe bowl in 10-second intervals. Ensure that you do not overheat the wax as you don’t want to burn your delicate hands.
Next, wait for the wax to cool down. While you’re waiting for it to cool, choose a thick, rich and creamy moisturiser such as the Vaseline Cocoa Body Cream and massage your hands thoroughly with. Rub it in well so that your hands are very well moisturised.
Check if the wax has cooled down and then dip your entire hand or foot into the wax and leave it in for a few seconds until a layer forms over the area. Wait for the wax to dry, and once the shine has faded, once again put your hand or foot back into the wax, going a little less deep than you did before. This stops warm wax from getting under the previous layers of wax, preventing burns.
Repeat this process until you have at least 5-7 layers of wax on your hand or foot.
Post this, cover your hands using a large plastic bag. Then place it in an oven mitt or wrap it in a towel for a minimum of 30 minutes. Now sit back, relax and watch your favourite show while the wax works it’s magic on your hands.
Now remove your hand from the mitt or towel and the plastic bag. Remove the wax residue from your skin and apply a generous amount of moisturiser to your hands. Wear gloves to help seal in the moisture of the cream or lotion.