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Kerosene bath for hands and feet: what are the benefits and how you can do it yourself at home?

Kerosene wax is often applied to hands and feet. The wax is a natural emollient that makes the skin supple and soft. When applied to the skin, it moisturizes and increases the moisture content of the skin even after treatment. It can also help unclog pores and remove dead skin cells. To learn how to perform a kerosene bath for hands and feet at home, click here.

What is kerosene?

What is kerosene

Kerosene is a soft, solid wax. It is made from saturated hydrocarbons. It is commonly used for skin conditioning treatments in salons and spas on hands, cuticles and feet because it is colorless, tasteless and odorless. You can also use it to relieve pain in sore joints and muscles.

Kerosene wax has many other uses as well. It is commonly used as a lubricant, for electrical insulation, and to make candles and crayons. Read on to learn more about the uses, benefits and side effects of kerosene wax.

What are the benefits of a kerosene bath?

How can you do a kerosene bath for hands at home

Kerosene wax has cosmetic and therapeutic benefits. Cosmetically, it instantly revitalizes rough, dry skin on hands, elbows and heels. Therapeutically, it can be used to relieve pain in the hands of people suffering from:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • fibromyalgia
  • other joint mobility problems

Are there any side effects?

Kerosene bath for hands and feet - what should you pay attention to

Kerosene wax is tested in a laboratory to ensure that it is safe and hygienic for use on the body. It is completely natural and has a low melting point, which means it can be applied to the skin without any problems and the temperature is low enough not to cause burns or blisters.

However, if you have very sensitive skin, kerosene wax can cause a heat rash. Heat rash causes small red bumps on the skin that can be itchy and uncomfortable.

You should not use kerosene wax if you:

  • have poor circulation
  • numbness in your hands or feet
  • diabetes
  • skin rashes or open wounds

If you are chemically sensitive, you may experience mild swelling or breakouts after waxing. This is because kerosene is derived from petroleum products.

Important. If you make a kerosene bath for hands or feet at home, be careful not to heat the wax too much, as it could catch fire. The temperature should not exceed 52 °C when you start the treatment.

Kerosene bath for hands and feet – How to make it yourself at home.

Kerosene bath for hands and feet - How to do it yourself at home


You can have a kerosene bath for hands or feet done in a nail salon or spa, but you can also do it at home. It is important that you follow the right steps to get the maximum benefit from the treatment.

For a treatment at home, you will need the following materials:

  • 2 kg of food-grade kerosene wax
  • Double boiler
  • Measuring cup
  • mineral oil
  • greased plastic container
  • thermometer
  • Olive oil
  • Sealable plastic bag
  • Towel or oven glove
  • Timer
  • Paper towel
  • Moisturizer

Tip: You can also buy a portable kerosene wax bath to use for treatments at home. These devices help you reduce the number of utensils you need, and many of them come with kerosene wax. If you use a kerosene wax bath, follow the instructions that come with your device.

Step 1: Melt the wax

The easiest way to melt kerosene wax at home is in a kettle

The easiest way to melt kerosene wax at home is in a kettle. If you are wearing nail polish, remove it before you start the process. Wash your hands well and dry them with a lint-free towel.

To melt the wax:

  1. Place 2 kg of kerosene wax in the top of a double boiler. Fill the bottom of the kettle with water and place it on the stove over low heat.
  2. Add one cup of mineral oil to the wax.
  3. When the wax is completely melted, remove the kettle from the heat. Carefully pour the wax into a greased plastic container.
  4. Wait until a thin skin forms on the top of the wax.
  5. Check the temperature of the wax with a thermometer. The wax is ready for use when it reaches 52 °C.

Step 2: Paraffin bath for hands and feet – applying the wax

Dip your entire hand in the wax and leave it on for a few seconds


  1. Massage a few drops of olive oil into your hands or feet.
  2. Dip your entire hand or foot into the wax and let it sit for a few seconds until a layer forms on the area.
  3. Wait for the wax to dry. You’ll know it’s dry when the shine has faded.
  4. Once it’s dry, dip your hand or foot into the wax again, but a little less deeply than before. This will prevent warm wax from getting under the previous layers of wax, which will prevent burns.

Repeat this process until you have at least 10 layers of wax on your hand or foot.

Step 3: Bag your hand & foot.

Kerosene bath for hands and feet - bag your hand & foot

Once you have at least 10 layers of wax on your hand or foot, put a large plastic bag over it. Then place them in an oven mitt or wrap them in a towel for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 4: Paraffin bath for hands and feet – Remove the wax.

When you have finished your treatment, cover the kerosene

After 15 to 20 minutes, remove your hand from the oven mitt/towel/plastic bag. Use a soft cloth to remove the wax residue from your skin. Apply a moisturizer to your hand. When you have finished your treatment, cover the kerosene and store it in a safe place for your next treatment.