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Old 01-29-2009, 10:35 AM   #1
 
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Default Paraffin Spas - Do they work?

My hands are still super dry and like sandpaper. Would one of these help? http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/prod...09385&RN=1137&
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:52 AM   #2
 
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I had this done a couple times at the salon I used to go to. IT . WAS . FABULOUS!!! I've thought of getting one of those many times but never knew which would be good.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:55 AM   #3
 
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My mother gave me a Remington paraffin bath over 10 years ago and it's sitting on the shelf of my closet still unopened. I forget I even have it but should get it down and try it. I've never had a treatment at a salon, so I don't know what I'm missing.
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I used one once. Someone gave me a cheap one. I remember my hands feeling nice afterwards, but not that impressive. It was a bit of a pain actually. I never used it again, eventually tossed it.
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My stylist said she's got a couple clients that are construction workers that come in every week to get this done. She said it's really hysterical looking because they are these big huge scruffy guys in Carhart coveralls sitting with their huge hands in the wax. They both work outside and the parafin really helps them with achy finger joints. I'm in Minnesota and she said once the temp goes below 32 they start calling for appointments.
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I had one, but it broke in an earthquake somehow. It's nice and relaxing, but I don't think it did any more for my dry hands than anything else.
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Melted paraffin does work for softening hands, but I hear the cheapie machines don't work very well, and that you really need a pro machine to melt it properly and keep it at the right temp, and they need to be left "on" all the time, so they are an electricity drain. A $40 machine will probably disappoint you and end up in the appliance graveyard (everyone has an appliance graveyard, don't they?)

You could try just using a pot and a thermometer and see if you like the treatment well enough to invest several hundred in a good machine.
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Melted paraffin does work for softening hands, but I hear the cheapie machines don't work very well, and that you really need a pro machine to melt it properly and keep it at the right temp, and they need to be left "on" all the time, so they are an electricity drain. A $40 machine will probably disappoint you and end up in the appliance graveyard (everyone has an appliance graveyard, don't they?)

You could try just using a pot and a thermometer and see if you like the treatment well enough to invest several hundred in a good machine.
There's this, too. The earthquake caused melted wax to spew all over my kitchen counter. I don't live in a place that's generally considered earthquake country, so this one was a surprise. Also, you'd want to make sure it's kept in a room where there aren't any cats. There's a cover, but it's not secure, and the outside can get hot like a crock pot.
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This may sound a bit crazy — and it's not as luxurious and pampering as a paraffin spa — but what I do when my hands get like that is this:

I dissolve about 12 uncoated aspirin in warm water, then massage the resulting substance into my hands for a minute or so, adding more water as needed. Then I rinse, leaving hands slightly damp, and then apply a good lotion, like Lubriderm. Usually try to do this at night before bed.

I do this 2-3 times a winter, to keep them from getting really rough and dry. It really works for me.

I have had the paraffin treatment done in a spa before, on my hands and feet. It feels wonderful, especially in cold weather, but I never found the results to be very long lasting.
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I had a paraffin wax treatment done on my feet once and it hurt! I think the wax was too hot. But afterwards I didn't really notice a difference, but then my feet are really dry so I suppose the odds were stacked against it working.
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I'm thinking of buying one for my arthritis and tendinitis. I know conventional wisdom says to ice inflammation, but my hands always feel worse in the cold.
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This may sound a bit crazy — and it's not as luxurious and pampering as a paraffin spa — but what I do when my hands get like that is this:

I dissolve about 12 uncoated aspirin in warm water, then massage the resulting substance into my hands for a minute or so, adding more water as needed. Then I rinse, leaving hands slightly damp, and then apply a good lotion, like Lubriderm. Usually try to do this at night before bed.

I do this 2-3 times a winter, to keep them from getting really rough and dry. It really works for me.

I have had the paraffin treatment done in a spa before, on my hands and feet. It feels wonderful, especially in cold weather, but I never found the results to be very long lasting.
Your aspirin trick sounds easy and cheap, like a good folk remedy or family tradition. Any idea why it works? I might try it. Winter has been hard on my hands, although I'm always slathering on different lotions. I recommend gardener's therapy lotion from crabtree. Also very good is that heavy, waxy norwegian lotion you can buy at the drugstore/ comes in a small white tube/ I think Nuetrogena makes it.
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This may sound a bit crazy and it's not as luxurious and pampering as a paraffin spa but what I do when my hands get like that is this:

I dissolve about 12 uncoated aspirin in warm water, then massage the resulting substance into my hands for a minute or so, adding more water as needed. Then I rinse, leaving hands slightly damp, and then apply a good lotion, like Lubriderm. Usually try to do this at night before bed.

I do this 2-3 times a winter, to keep them from getting really rough and dry. It really works for me.

I have had the paraffin treatment done in a spa before, on my hands and feet. It feels wonderful, especially in cold weather, but I never found the results to be very long lasting.
Your aspirin trick sounds easy and cheap, like a good folk remedy or family tradition. Any idea why it works? I might try it. Winter has been hard on my hands, although I'm always slathering on different lotions. I recommend gardener's therapy lotion from crabtree. Also very good is that heavy, waxy norwegian lotion you can buy at the drugstore/ comes in a small white tube/ I think Nuetrogena makes it.
A scrub with sugar or coarse salt in olive oil, but preferrably in jojoba and sweet almond (the nails themselves supposedly absorb these oils better than others), works well, too. I've bought Solar Manicure, but that's essentially all it was, and this is a lot cheaper. I try to do it at least once a week and then follow with a rich lotion or cream and gloves to bed. Can really tell a difference if I do it regularly.

ETA: the aspirins would work because their salicylic acid is exfoliating - same reason people use aspirin masks for their face or add aspirin to shampoo.

It's Neutrogena Norwegian Hand Cream that you refer to. Even better, better than anything else I've ever found, is Mary Kay Extra Emollient Night Cream. It's their original, old school facial night cream and is good for hands, elbows, lips, knees, feet (w/socks, of course) - anything but my face as it's greasy. Heals chafing and chapping quicker than A&D, baby cream, Aquaphor, etc. I never have chapped or cracked lips because of it. Heals chapped and peeling nose after a cold. I think they sell it in a tube meant for hands now as well as the facial jar. However, I know from selling MK many years ago that the consultant can order little demo tubes, so I get a bag of those every couple of years and keep them in purse, desk - stashed all over the place.
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auntnett nailed it.

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Hey auntnett, your username has been catching my eye. I had an Aunt Nettie. Her full first name was Antoinette. I have the same nickname as her, but my name is Annette.
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I love having this treatment. It doesn't last, though.
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auntnett nailed it.
She sure did. Thanks, Auntnett!! I have a bunch of those sugar and salt scrubs laying around and didn't think to use them on hands and feet.. Definitely will do that before winter's over.
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I've got the One-Minute Manicure which is a rich concoction of oils and salts. It feels heavenly and buffs off all the dry stuff, but my poor hands are still like sandpaper. I think I'm just screwed until spring.
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I've got the One-Minute Manicure which is a rich concoction of oils and salts. It feels heavenly and buffs off all the dry stuff, but my poor hands are still like sandpaper. I think I'm just screwed until spring.
Lolo, that type of stuff doesn't work for me either. I have the roughest, driest skin sometimes. My feet laugh at all the super intensive skin creams out there. The only stuff that works on them is Eucarin or petroleum jelly.

But, on my hands, the aspirin works for me, for some reason. Maybe because it's mechanically exfoliating [the aspirin gets kind of granular when you dissolve it] and the salicylic acid give an extra boost.

Give a shot. Just don't overdo it. It's not a big deal if you do, but the lotion will sting a little.
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I may give the dissolved aspirin trick a try on my feet. in fact I'm off to get some aspirin now.

I'm sure it doesn't need to be said but don't use this if you're allergic to aspirin.
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This is what I've been using this winter. It keeps my hands soft all the time:

http://usa.loccitane.com/FO/Catalog/...=usg_BodyHands

It is expensive, but it's worth every penny to me.
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