Add this to the list of everyday kitchen products you can use to beautify yourself: regular old paraffin wax - yep, the same kind used to make chocolate candies – can work wonders for your skin! A paraffin wax skin treatment can remove deep-down dirt, restore moisture and elasticity, and even remove unwanted hair. It's a great monthly step in your manicure regimen! So here’s how to take advantage of these benefits by giving yourself a paraffin hand treatment:
In a small slow cooker or double boiler set to a low heat, slowly melt the paraffin wax (available at hardware stores, specialty baking shops, and many grocery stores). DO NOT add water to try and make the wax more liquid or melt faster; this will cause dangerous spattering. Simply let the wax melt at a slow rate. This takes about 15 minutes.
While the wax is melting, clip and shape nails as you would for your usual manicure and gently cleanse your hands with a mild toner or soap, to remove surface dirt. Don’t scrub too hard, or your skin will become sensitive and susceptible to heat later on.
Apply a moisturizer or hand lotion made with natural oils; this will protect your skin from the heat of the melted wax and also provide a layer of moisture to be sealed in. Try cocoa or shea butter for best results, but just don’t apply so much that the wax will only peel away the lotion.
Once the wax has melted, reduce or remove the heat beneath the pot or slow-cooker dish and let it cool slightly for about 10-15 seconds. Then use a natural-bristle paintbrush to coat your hands with paraffin. Make sure to test the temperature of the wax on a small area before covering the whole hand, then paint it on from fingertips to wrist.
Let the wax harden for a few minutes, then slowly peel off from the wrist area. This will make removal easier, since you are starting with a larger section. Be gentle, and once all the wax has been removed, wash a second time with a slightly stronger cleanser.
You should have soft, supple hands, ready to greet your holiday party guests and even ring in the New Year!
Take care of yourselves,