The skin of the hands needs additional moisturizing, nourishment and care more than other parts of the body or face. It is constantly exposed to external aggressive factors, quickly coarsens, becomes covered with wrinkles and cracks. Paraffin therapy for hands will help correct the situation. A unique procedure is the application of hot or cold cosmetic paraffin to problem areas in order to improve, rejuvenate and improve skin condition.
Indications for the procedure
Paraffin therapy for hands has many indications. So, the technique is usually practiced with the aim of:
- Eliminate increased dryness.
- Hand skin protection in winter.
- Treatment of cracks.
- Prevention of early aging and reducing age-related skin changes.
Quite often, paraffin therapy is carried out in combination with manicure, however, if necessary, it is also practiced as an independent procedure.
The principle of action of paraffin and its types
Paraffin masks for hands are carried out using a special, refined cosmetic paraffin, which has little to do with the material from which the candles are made. Its main difference from industrial analogues is a high degree of purification from impurities and aggressive dyes. But it contains a lot of useful additional substances, vitamins, minerals, plant extracts or essential oils.
The classification of paraffin for skin care can be carried out in two ways:
- The temperature of the composition (classic hot or cold).
- Type of base (oil, honey, vegetable and others).
A suitable product should be selected taking into account indications and contraindications. So, cold paraffin has almost no restrictions on use, but provides less pronounced results. As for the choice of base, there are a great many of its options, allergy sufferers are recommended mass with peach oil, for enhanced hydration – with vitamin E, for rejuvenation – with shea butter and so on.
The principle of action of all types of paraffin is approximately similar, it consists in saturating the skin with nutrients and vitamins under the influence of the thermal effect.
Before the procedure, it is necessary not only to choose the appropriate type and grade of paraffin, but also to clarify the presence of contraindications to its use. Paraffin therapy for hands has a lot of limitations, among which are:
- High blood pressure.
- Cardiac pathology.
- Dysfunction and cirrhosis of the liver.
- Exacerbation of chronic diseases.
- Violation of the integrity of the skin.
- Inflammatory processes.
- The acute stage of chronic diseases.
- Individual intolerance to the components of the composition used.
Cold paraffin baths for hands are usually easier to carry and have fewer contraindications. So, after consulting with a specialist, they can be performed with high blood pressure, varicose veins, diabetes mellitus and a number of other pathologies that prohibit the use of hot masses.
Preparation for the procedure
For carrying out manipulations at home, it is necessary to prepare an impressive list of auxiliary things in advance. It is represented by the following positions:
- Paraffin (cold or hot).
- Heater or accessories for a steam bath (only for use with a hot composition).
- Gloves made of cellophane, thermal gloves (or gloves made of a dense, warm material).
- Brush (necessary to use hot paraffin).
- Scrub (used for pre-cleaning the skin).
- Moisturizer (for the final stage).
Paraffin therapy for hands at home is no different from the effects carried out in a beauty salon, it is recommended to perform it in the same sequence of actions:
- Paraffin preparation. The composition is heated in a special device, and in case of its absence – in a water bath. The latter option, although considered more budgetary, requires more time, in addition, it is necessary to ensure that water does not get into the paraffin.
- Primary skin treatment. It is carried out using a scrub and consists in removing dead cells that interfere with the enhanced absorption of beneficial particles from the applied mass.
- Paraffin mask. The cold composition has the consistency of a very thick cream and is applied to the skin with a brush, hot after heating resembles liquid sour cream, it can also be applied with a brush or simply immersed in hands. The mask is fixed with cellophane gloves (or films), on top of which one more pair of thicker gloves are worn, creating a thermal effect. Exposure time is up to 20 minutes, then residual paraffin is removed.
- The final stage. Application to the skin of nutritious formulations (creams) in order to further moisturize.
Paraffin baths for hands are carried out no more often than 2 once a week, they can be practiced both on the course and on a unit basis. The first option is necessary for the treatment and healing of the skin of the hands, it consists of approximately 15-20 sessions, the second is used in conjunction with a manicure. In winter, at least 10 procedures should be taken for additional hydration and skin protection.
Subject to contraindications, paraffin baths for hands are absolutely harmless, do not cause complications and do not affect the patient’s health in a negative way. In rare cases, the following side effects may be noted in patients:
- Redness of the skin.
- Light burning.
- Allergic reaction.
The benefits of paraffin therapy for hands are obvious. A simple and pleasant procedure helps to nourish, moisturize and treat skin, reduce cracks, and protect against negative external factors. You can carry out the exposure both in the salon at a professional and at home independently. Paraffin masks take no more than 20 minutes of time and are held no more than 2 once a week.