So you have selected a massage therapist from your favourite website, you have stripped off and covered your modesty with the nice fluffy towel provided, the therapist enters the room with a bottle of ....... Baby Oil.
Baby oil is made from mineral oil, it acts like a layer over your skin.
Ever wondered why when you have had a massage and on the way home you can still feel the oil on your skin?
It is difficult to absorb and clogs the pores, which slows the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins.
Most brands smell pretty awful as well.
If your using at home with your partner and want to slide all over each other or have a bit of an oil wrestle it will do a great job though!
Fractionated Coconut Oil is a very light, non-greasy, liquid oil which doesn't smell of coconuts.
If you are a spa owner its great because it lasts ages and washes out of towels really well.
It is quite a sticky oil so is best suited for use on specific areas of muscle tension rather than for long gliding strokes.
Sweet Almond Oil is the most popular oil for massage, it has a pale yellow colour and is more oily than Fractionated Coconut oil.
It is absorbed quick quickly by the skin so a top up will be needed during the massage.
If your after a flowing relaxing massage Almond oil will be perfect.
People with nut allergies should avoid using Sweet Almond Oil.
Grape Seed Oil has a high nutrient value since it has high levels of omega-6 fatty acids which are very good for your skin.
It has a very soft silky feel that makes it a great massage oil, it is also a non-allergenic oil so its great for all skin types and those with a nut allergy.
It is highly absorbent and very moisturising which makes it an excellent choice for a massage oil, especially for those who have a sensitive skin.
Jojoba Oil is in fact a wax but is used widely for massage, it has a non greasy feel and absorbs easily into the skin.
It has excellent anti bacterial properties so if you suffer from acne it could do you the world of good, it is also suitable for all skin types.
If you have very dry skin you may like to try Cocoa Butter.
Its very heavy for massage but it is a great moisturizer and packed with Vitamin E.
Next time you go for a massage ask your massage therapist which oils they use, maybe even take your own and discover which one suits you best.