Paraffin therapy for the legs is simply indispensable if you need to restore the smoothness of the skin. Baths or applications based on hot and cold paraffin are used for moisturizing, rejuvenating and healing soft tissues. At the same time, the provided effect has not only a cosmetological and therapeutic effect, but also a pronounced psychotherapeutic effect, which is expressed in improving mood, relaxation, and stress relief.
For paraffin therapy, several types of product are used, the common features of which are a high degree of purification from harmful impurities and artificial dyes. Paraffin classification is carried out according to the following characteristics:
- Temperature. The compositions are cold – they are ready for use without preliminary preparation, and hot – they are heated before use to achieve a liquid concentration.
- Availability of additional components. The compositions are pure, without impurities, and with the presence of additional ingredients. In particular, it can be oils, plant extracts, vitamins.
The positive effect of paraffin is explained, first of all, by the creation of a unique thermal effect. It locally increases the temperature of the skin by several degrees, thereby contributing to increased movement of lymph and blood flow, a decrease in swelling and metabolism. Similar properties of substances are actively used in the application of cellulite and to increase skin elasticity.
Also, under the influence of heat, the pores open, perspiration and the removal of toxins increase, local cleansing of problem areas occurs. The paraffin film covering the skin does not allow the protruding sweat to evaporate, it is reabsorbed, but already without harmful substances, thereby ensuring the redistribution of fluid. When cooling, paraffin decreases in size and provides mechanical pressure on the skin, thereby stimulating their slight lift.
It should also be noted that paraffin has the ability to give the beneficial substances enclosed in it and stimulate deeper and more complete penetration of creams applied under it as a base.
Indications and Expected Results
Paraffin baths for the feet are carried out with the aim of moisturizing and overall healing of the skin. Among the indications for their implementation are such aesthetic problems as:
- Excessive dryness of the skin.
- Fatigue, painful and pulling sensations in the muscles.
- Cracks and peeling.
- Cellulite on the hips.
- Reduced skin tone.
- Scars and stretch marks.
Paraffin can be used to care for the skin of the hips and feet; in the lower leg area, applications based on it are not performed.
Single procedures contribute to moisturizing and nourishing the skin with useful components, they make it softer and healthier in appearance, however, pronounced results can be achieved only after taking a course of 10-20 sessions, carried out with a frequency of up to 3 once a week.
Such a systematic effect helps to reduce the severity of cellulite, make the skin softer and toned, improve its structure and color. In addition, paraffin helps to heal cracks, reduce peeling of the heels and drain.
Despite the fact that paraffin therapy for the legs seems to be a safe procedure that does not cause side effects and complications, there are still contraindications to its implementation and they must be strictly followed. So, an impact of this kind is not recommended for:
- Individual intolerance to the products used.
- Diabetes mellitus.
- Violation of the integrity of the skin.
- A large number of moles, warts and other benign formations.
- Presence of ulcers, allergic rash on the legs, dermatological and fungal diseases.
- High blood pressure.
- Severe pathologies of internal organs (especially the heart and liver).
- Elevated body temperature and inflammatory processes.
The procedure for the care of the skin of the legs begins with cooking paraffin. To do this, it must be melted to a liquid state in a special device or a sufficiently wide tank installed in a water bath. It can also be placed in an oven or microwave for defrosting. For cold paraffin, such preliminary manipulations are not required.
Before immersing your feet in a hot mass, you must carefully wash and treat the feet with a scrub or a stiff brushto cleanse existing impurities and dead cells that interfere with the absorption of beneficial components, and then dry the skin. Similar actions are performed before applying applications to other problem areas of the legs.
Your next action is checking the temperature of the obtained composition. Paraffin becomes liquid and viscous already at 45-55 degrees, while it still does not burn the skin and is considered ready for use. Immerse your feet in the bath or a special device with a pre-prepared mass. The paraffin layer should reach a large bone on the ankle, not higher.
After the first dive, the legs must be raised for 5-10 secondsso that the paraffin hardens, and then lower them again to form a new layer. Manipulations are repeated up to 7 times, at the end wrap the feet in a plastic bagover which you can wear a regular sock. Over the next 20-30 minutes, you have to sit or lie down, enjoying a pleasant thermal sensation.
To combat cellulite, skin areas are smeared with hot or cold mass in several passes with a brush. The resulting application is also wrapped with a film, and then fixed with a warm scarf or towel.
At the end of paraffin is removed, and the skin is liberally lubricated with a moisturizing or oily nourishing cream.
To achieve positive results, the procedure is recommended to be carried out on a course basis, it is enough to make baths only once a week for 1.5-2 months to achieve the necessary hydration, skin health, elimination of cracks on the heels and feet. A repeated course can be conducted in about 2 months, however, if necessary, individual procedures are carried out without observing such requirements.
Paraffin therapy of the legs is carried out with the help of baths and applications. The purpose of the procedure is to moisturize dry skin of the feet and reduce cracks, and the effect can also be applied to increase skin elasticity and fight cellulite. To achieve expressed results, you must go from 10 to 20 sessions.