We are all used to hearing about waxing treatments, but we usually do so in regards to hair removal. We certainly wouldn’t think that any treatment involving hot wax could be enjoyable, let alone relaxing! However Paraffin Wax treatments add moisture into the skin rather than take hair out, and they are becoming increasingly popular as part of male and female manicures and pedicures in salons across London. As a relaxing, non – invasive treatment Paraffin Wax takes about 15 minutes, up to half and hour, to get to work and gives instant results with no recovery time. Here is why you should be adding this treatment to your next hand and foot grooming session, as well as your pain care routine…
Unlike normal hot wax used for hair removal, Paraffin Was has a different chemical makeup – due to the paraffin oil element – and so it starts to melt at a much lower temperature. This means that clients can actually dip their hands and feet into the wax without it causing any skin irritation or damage. During the treatment the client will submerge their hand or foot into the wax and then remove it after a few moments so that they have a layer of wax on their skin. Then the therapist will wrap the skin in a non-absorbent material and leave the wax to work on the skin for 15 – 30 minutes. After this time, the wax can be simply peeled off to reveal glowing, treated skin below.
Paraffin Wax has been used in beauty treatments and physical therapy since the Roman times but nowadays it is more commonly used due to its softening and moisturising effect on the skin. As it is a mineral based emollient wax it helps to penetrate hard layers of skin to moisturise and soften. This is why it is used particularly in manicures and pedicures, before the final paint and polish, to help sort out problem areas such as the cuticles and dry, cracked heels. It is particularly effective on male skin that is often neglected in terms of moisture, and would benefit from an intensive treatment. The initial heat that is used in the application of the wax also helps to open up the pores of the skin, allowing the emollient to penetrate into the outer layers of the skin. Additionally the heat is claimed to help relieve joint pain and so can also be used to help arthritis sufferers and those with rheumatic pain complaints.
The use of Paraffin Wax is becoming increasingly common in salons across London and so there are a wide variety of places to get the best treatments, and most places will have it as an optional extra to their manicure and pedicures. Vivify Beauty, a boutique salon in the heart of Chelsea offers a 20- minute Paraffin mask as a separate treatment to both their manicures and pedicures but it can be incorporated into a luxury grooming session if desired. Vos Beauty Salon along The Kings Road also offers a Paraffin wax treatment for the feet, and the luxury salon is situated in just the right place for you to go and buy a pair of nice shoes afterwards. And if you are in the Mayfair area, then Arletta Beauty and Acupuncture can provide you with manicures and pedicures with Paraffin Wax moisturising treatments. Arelleta Doodman has over 15 years of experience, and as a qualified acupuncture as well as a beauty therapist she is conscious of both the health and beauty benefits of Paraffin Wax. And for men only (sorry ladies) the Kyodex salon near King’s Cross offers the Paraffin Wax treatment as something to not only moisturise but also for its more traditional benefits of helping relieve rheumatic and arthritis pain in the hands and feet.
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