Refined paraffin has been used for medical and cosmetic purposes for a long time, it managed to confirm its effectiveness and safety not only in theory but also in practice. Paraffin therapy has a mild, but pronounced effect and is suitable for solving a wide range of problems, ranging from moisturizing the skin and ending with the breakdown of body fat or the fight against cellulite.
Depending on the purpose, the methods for carrying out the procedure differ, but the principle of its action is always identical and is based on optimizing the internal processes of the body and utilizing its internal reserves, and not on feeding them from the outside.
Paraffin therapy is carried out on the basis of a special purified paraffin that does not contain preservatives, dyes or harmful additives. Often it is additionally enriched with vitamins, essential oils and other useful components that enhance the positive effect of the provided procedure. The choice of a specific product in this case is determined by the existing aesthetic defect, for example, vitamin E in the composition of the product slows down aging, and plant extracts increase skin elasticity.
The general classification of paraffin is carried out not by its components, but by the consistency and the need for its preliminary preparation. So, it is customary to distinguish:
- Hot paraffin. Sold in solid form. Before use, it is preheated to a temperature of 45 – 55 degrees and acquires a uniform liquid consistency. After application to the skin, it cools slowly, forming a film on its surface.
- Cold paraffin. Sold in the form of a dense whipped cream. Before use does not require prior preparation.
An unequivocal opinion about which product does not exist better. Most cosmetologists prefer to work with a classic, hot composition, explaining this with its maximum effectiveness, however, cold paraffin also has its supporters who note its practicality in use and the minimum number of contraindications.
How exactly does paraffin therapy affect the human body? It should be noted that the impact is complex and due to mechanical, chemical and thermal factors.
So, cosmetic mass applied to problem areas helps to increase the temperature of the skin and fully open the pores through which not only useful substances enter the dermis, but also toxins and toxins come to the surface with sweat. A paraffin mask in the form of a film prevents sweat from evaporating, and it is reabsorbed into the skin, but at the same time all harmful substances remain on its surface.
The heat created by the paraffin mask favorably affects the soft tissues, enhancing the processes that occur in them. It stimulates blood circulation, metabolism, lymph flow, contributes to the destruction of fat cells and the renewal of dermal cells. In addition, when cooling, the film on the surface of the skin decreases in size and pressure is applied, which form a lifting effect.
Paraffin therapy has a wide range of indications and is used to care for the skin of both the face and body. Procedures can be performed to prevent aesthetic defects and correct existing deficiencies, including:
- Increased dry skin.
- Mild scars.
- Age changes.
- Cracks in the skin.
- Expression wrinkles, folds.
- Ptosis, sagging soft tissues.
Paraffin therapy can be carried out in several ways, depending on the location and size of the problem area. In cosmetology, it is customary to distinguish the following methods:
- Paraffin bath. Designed for the care of hands and feet. It is a container with molten mass into which limbs are immersed.
- Paraffin Wrap. Designed to impact on individual problem areas, hips, buttocks and other areas. The mass is applied with a brush.
- Paraffin mask. Designed to care for the skin of the face. It is applied with a brush on top of creams or on clean skin.
Paraffin therapy is carried out after performing the simplest preliminary preparation. Both the hot and cold composition are applied to dry, well-cleansed skin. To enhance the effect, it is desirable to carry out easy peeling of problem areas, the purpose of which is to eliminate dead cells and open pores for the absorption of beneficial particles and perception of the impact.
If you make paraffin masks and applications from hot paraffin, it should be prepared in advance. For this, the product is dissolved in a special container or in a water bath, heating to a temperature in 50 – 55 degrees.
Paraffin mask and application are carried out in several stages. As a rule, to achieve the desired results, you should apply the composition to the problem area in the 5 – 6 layers, then fix it with a film or plastic bag and strengthen the thermal effect with a thick cloth or compress. Exposure is carried out for 20 – 30 minutes, after which the mass is removed and disposed of.
Paraffin masks do not require a rehabilitation period. It is enough to refrain from visiting the street for 60 – 90 minutes after the procedure.
Paraffin therapy can be carried out both one-time and on a course basis. The second option is most preferable, as it leads to the formation of pronounced, positive results that persist for several months.
The frequency of the procedures is determined by the type of problem present. So, for therapeutic purposes, the effect is every day or every other day in the number of 18-20 sessions. Repeated therapy, if necessary, is carried out already in 1-2 months after the first course.
To care for the skin of the hands and feet, paraffin therapy is also carried out on a regular basis, the full course consists of 10 procedures, after passing them it is possible to have a one-time exposure to maintain the achieved result.
As for facial rejuvenation, paraffin masks are performed no more often than 2 once a week until the desired effect is achieved, and then 2-3 once a month to maintain the changes.
The possibility of using paraffin for cosmetic purposes is limited by an impressive list of contraindications, determined by the characteristics of the patient’s health. So, procedures based on classic, hot compositions are not recommended for:
- Diabetes mellitus.
- Angina pectoris
- Dermatological and fungal diseases.
- Ischemia, heart attack.
- Diseases of the liver.
- Exacerbations of chronic pathologies;
- Demodecosis (subcutaneous tick).
- Violations of the integrity of the skin.
- Allergies to products used.
Cold paraffin therapy has an order of magnitude less contraindications than classical. As a rule, it is not recommended only for skin diseases of a different nature and individual intolerance to the components of the applied composition.
Paraffin masks do not damage the skin and do not lead to the formation of side effects, for the most part they are absolutely safe for the health and appearance of the patient. In rare cases, mild skin hyperemia is observed after the procedure, and in case of violation of the temperature regime – the formation of burns and blisters. In addition, neglect of contraindications can lead to exacerbation or worsening of chronic diseases.
Advantages and disadvantages of the procedure
Paraffin therapy is a fairly popular procedure, due to its large number of advantages. Reviews of patients and cosmetologists contain information that it has the following advantages:
- Safety for health.
- No discomfort during the procedure.
- The presence of an additional relaxing effect.
- Affordable price of the procedure and the possibility of carrying it out at home.
- A wide range of indications.
Unfortunately, a paraffin mask or applications are not able to significantly slow down the pronounced processes of age-related changes or to correct problem areas with cellulite and fatty deposits.
Paraffin therapy is a cosmetology procedure for the care of the skin of the face and body. For its implementation, a special refined paraffin is used, enriched with vitamins, plant extracts and other useful additives. It can be both hot (require preheating before use) and cold (applied to the skin without any preparation). The purpose of its use is to optimize internal processes, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin, and fight cellulite.