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I am considering paraffin dipping for my dry feet; it can be done at a spa for around $20, or I could get my own unit to do this for my hands & feet & make my own oil mixtures for the wax.

What I am wondering is how good is this for my skin? Is it a quick fix, or is it really ok? I looked in the memories in skin care, soaps, etc and saw nothing about using wax on the skin like this. I dislike how people sell & use vaseline for skin (petrol,ew) - so I really appreciate your knowledge on this topic. Also, do you think the athome kits are as good as going into a spa? This one is cheaper then a one-time spa treatment: wax mixture for use in "a crock pot" then there's also specialized units just for this use, and I can't tell those apart from each other, either link to a well-rated unit ...

Thanks for your opinions &/or experiences/feedback on the idea & methods of paraffin dipping for a skin treatment.

EDIT: I've now been told this is also a Petrol product, so does anyone know if there is an equivilent natural treatment? Like a beeswax dip or something? Thanks!


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Jan. 4th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
paraffin is also a petroleum product!
Jan. 4th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
Ah ha. Thanks. ewww.

Do you know if there is a natural "bees wax" variety of this treatment?
Jan. 4th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Not that I know of, but beeswax is used in a lot of natural skin preparations.
Jan. 5th, 2006 10:51 am (UTC)
I don't think that'd work, since I think beeswax (146°F or higher) melts at a rather higher temp than parrafin (115° - 126°F). That could result in burns which certainly not help your skin. I'm having trouble figuring out what temperature soy wax melts at, but it's a potential issue there as well.
Jan. 4th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
My sister had the specialized unit several years ago and my MIL got one this Christmas. They're very soothing to sore parts - more than once it helped my aching wrists and feet after long days at work.
Jan. 4th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
I am in aesthetician and massage therapist working in a spa. We offer paraffin treatments and yes, they are quick fix. They can be damaging if done too often. What goes on when you dip in paraffin or a similar substance is that you create an airtight seal around your skin. This sends a message to your skin that it is suffocating and it brings its own internal moisture to the area as a defense. Too much paraffin dipping will actually dehydrate the area in the long run. Spas like it because the results seem so immediate thus making for happy return clients.

*This also applies to chapstick which is very bad for your lips (its the same process as paraffin dipping)
Jan. 4th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
what about chapsticks that do not contain petroleum products or beeswaxes? ones that are coconut oil, cocoa butter, or shea butter based?
Jan. 4th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
That makes so much sense to me, because I have noticed that chapstick forms a kind of "barrier" against winter winds, but if I use it regularly (not just on extra cold or extra windy days) I get more cracking & my lips feel 'crumbly dry' to my touch (that is I doubt anything, but I notice the difference)...

I have found this doesn't happen with the goey style lipglosses, or if I really want to remoisturize my lips, putting face lotion on them (non scented) really seems to help.

More info on how these lip glosses/chapsticks work would be interesting.. I will put it on my mental list to investigate on the internet. (I did that with paraffin dipping, but found little information on the contents &/or results/causality- I mostly just found products & spas) -

Thanks for the information!~
Jan. 5th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
It's the petroleum that one should avoid. I covered this topic briefly in another group and I can't recall if it was this one. You may often hear someone say that they are addicted to the brand Chapstick. That's because the petroleum in it actually dries the lips out and once it wears off you are left with horribly cracked and dry lips, thus the need to reapply. Any lip balm without petroleum is good for your lips and there are many on the market. There is even one brand called Un-petroleum. Those are so much better for your lips because they are adding (vitamins, moisture, etc.) as opposed to taking away. I think many skin care products use petroleum or derivatives, so just look for the prefix "petro" and stay away from it.
Jan. 5th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! Will do.. I'll go check the ones I have. *grin*
Jan. 5th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
I was advised by my physical therapist to use a lotion of my choice before doing my own paraffin treatments at home. Do you think that would counteract the potential for skin damage? I really love how the treatments soothe my aching joints.
Jan. 5th, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
It sounds like your physical therapist is aware of the dehydrating component to paraffin treatments. I think its good advice because the lotion will provide a barrier between your skin and the loss of moisture. Just use a very good lotion and I hate to sound like a broken record, stay away from "petro". Also, if you are interested, there are other forms of moist heat therapy out there that can be done at home. Explore www.massagewarehouse.com.
Jan. 5th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks - that eases my worries. And thanks for the link!
Jan. 4th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
that makes sense... does even natural chap stick has that effect?
Jan. 5th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC)
Just a quick note: when I referred to chapstick I was referring to the brand name. Anything else, I refer to as lip balm and as long as they don't have petro, they should be okay.
Jan. 5th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
By the way, cool Thundercats Icon! =) What was her name, Cheetarah?
Jan. 5th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
Yes! Cheetarah is near and dear to my heart. ;-)
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