Silky Smooth Hand Treatment

One great way to utilize paraffin is in a customized hand treatment. The following is an idea on using paraffin to give clients a beautiful look for their hands.

Products and equipment needed:

UL-approved paraffin heating device containing liquid paraffin or single-use paraffin packs

Essential oils

Exfoliator

Hand lotion or moisturizer

Bleaching agent

Tea tree oil

Anti-aging hand or facial cream

Massage cream

Hand or body SPF 30 sunscreen

It is recommended all lotions, creams, oils and exfoliators used are water-soluble.

Cost: $40–50+, depending on length of treatment

Length of application: 30–45 minutes; can also be used as an add-on service

Step 1: Soak. Submerge hands into a warm tub of water infused with a few drops of an essential oil mixture. A range of mixtures can be offered including: rose, jasmine, lemon and bergamot as a soothing tonic; mandarin to promote healing and repair dry skin; or a blend of neroli, myrrh and sandalwood to treat anxiety. Float a few rose petals or slices of orange and lemon in the water for added aesthetic pleasure.

Step 2: Exfoliate. A helpful trick here is to mix a body exfoliant with a hand moisturizer. This will work wonders on the cuticles and soften the hands immensely. Be sure to exfoliate from the tips of the fingers up to the elbow for three to five minutes.

Step 3: Treat. Analyze the hands and determine what additional treatments are required. If the hand has age spots, apply a bleaching agent to these areas. Apply tea tree oil under and around the cuticles to prevent fungus and infection, especially if the hands have any type of artificial nail. Follow with a light application of hand moisturizer.

Step 4: Hydrate. Perform the procedure with the appropriate paraffin treatment created specifically for your client, infusing the products applied in Step 3 into the skin. If you are customizing the treatment, choose scents for the paraffin and products that will complement each other.

Step 5: Massage. Select your favorite massage medium and complete a five- to eight-minute massage on the hands, fingers, wrists, forearms and elbows.

Step 6: Protect. Complete this luxurious hand treatment by applying sunscreen.

Tip: To clean up paraffin that has been spilled on clothing, carpet or bedding, place a paper bag over the spill and iron the paper with a warm iron.