How does paraffin work?
The molecules of paraffin are so large that they cannot penetrate into the skin. In this way, the skin is sealed, blood flow increases and no moisture is lost. The result? The skin stays hydrated and feels soft. This explains why paraffin is a good solution for dry skin and eczema. This is because when the pores are open, the skin is more sensitive to external influences. For example, dry skin usually occurs in winter, when the heating is on full blast and the air is dry. This can be accompanied by itching, flaking, cracking and burning. These symptoms occur mainly on the shins, thighs, upper arms and hips. Applying a cream containing paraffin once or twice a day keeps the skin supple and provides maximum protection. The symptoms usually diminish after a few days. Some beauty salons even offer in-depth paraffin treatments for the hands and/or feet.
Petroleum jelly: miracle cure made with with paraffin
We love using it as skin care, but today we'd like to surprise you with 3 uses you might not have immediately thought about with petroleum jelly.
- As protective coating
You probably know that you should not leave your handyman equipment outside, or in damp places, because it can rust. However, with some machines or equipment with metal surfaces, it is simply not possible to keep them completely moisture-free. This is when petroleum jelly offers the solution! In fact, by lubricating the surface with petroleum jelly, you can protect it from rust.
- To avoid the cold
Traditionally, petroleum jelly has been used against the extreme cold. This is because it acts like a wall. It keeps the cold out and the heat in. But to use petroleum jelly as skaters did during the Elfstedentocht, all over your body while exercising, is not advised. This is because it is important that sweat can leave your body. However, it is very good for protecting your pets' paws in the snow or on your lips during winter sports!
- For medical purposes
Petroleum jelly is also widely used in the medical field. To protect equipment from rust and bacteria, but also as a lubricant on equipment. In addition, petroleum jelly has an important role in patients who have been put under anesthesia or patients who have been put into or fallen into a coma. Here, petroleum jelly is applied to the lips to keep them greasy.
Are waxes dangerous?
Different studies offer different outcomes to this question. We can draw certain conclusions. Studies show that beeswax only has positive effects. In fact, beeswax contains vitamin A and it acts as a care for your skin and hair. It can even prevent skin irritations and hair loss. Furthermore, beeswax is used in cosmetics, glazing agent and binding agent. However, beeswax is not vegan. It is created from the animal fats of a bee, making it a non vegan product.
Candelilla wax also has several positive effects. Namely, it is predominantly high in saturated hydrocarbons and wax esters. As a result, candelilla wax contributes to smooth skin, restores the lipid balance of your skin and is great for caring for your lips. You will therefore find it mostly in lotions and lip balm. Candelilla wax also contains many nutrients.
Candelilla wax, this is an excellent alternative to beeswax. It is a vegan product, which is why it is especially widely used for vegan candy. Furthermore, the wax has no harmful health effects and no other substances are used in it.
Similar to the beeswax, the carnauba wax works as a protector for many products.
Finally, paraffin is used in candle wax, for example, as well as various cosmetics. The best-known cosmetic product in which paraffin is incorporated is petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly has a protective effect for the skin, works well against the cold and can be used for medical purposes. But it is also true that petroleum jelly contributes to clogging pores and sebaceous glands. In fact, if your skin is prone to acne and blackheads, petroleum jelly can have a stimulating effect.
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