Paraffin wax is a mineral wax derived from petroleum. It is soft and has a low boiling point  (it melts at a temperature cool enough to safely immerse your skin). 

It is usually used to soften and soothe skin of hands and feet, as well as arms and legs. 

The FDA has approved paraffin wax as a treatment for making skin smoother and softer. 

How it works

Your hands or feet will be dipped several times quickly into a small tub of heated paraffin wax. The paraffin is often scented with soothing essential oils.

After several layers are added, the wax will be covered in a plastic bag, wrapped in hot towels and you can relax as the benefits kick in. 

The wax will trap the heat against your skin as it hardens, opening the pores. Once the wax is completely cooled it will be pulled away, taking dead skin cells along with it.

Benefits of Paraffine treatment

A paraffin treatment creates a sort of barrier on your skin that helps retain the oils that your body naturally produces.

A wax bath can also aid in healing problems with the skin. Paraffin wax can be effective in soothing and softening calluses on hands and feet and healing dry cracked skin, especially on heels and elbows.