Massage Oils

A wide variety of massage oils are available for purchase either singly or as a blend. It is important to know the differences between oils used for massage so that you will be able to make an informed purchase. When choosing massage oil, it is important to consider its shelf-life, odor, greasiness and risk of irritation.

A popular type of massage oil is sweet almond oil. This oil is extracted from almonds and is a light yellow color. It is relatively oily, allowing hands to slide over the skin. The oil absorbs into the skin with ease however it does this gradually, meaning that you do not have to constantly reapply it. Sweet almond oil can be purchased at an inexpensive price. The oil does not normally irritate the skin. However, it should not be used by individuals with a history of nut allergies.

Jojoba oil, a liquid wax, is drawn from jojoba plant seeds. Jojoba oil is recommended for use in those who suffer from back acne. This is because jojoba oil is believed to possess antibacterial properties. Jojoba oil is silky and quickly absorbs into the skin. This means that it requires frequent application during a massage. Jojoba oil may be more expensive than other types of oils. However, it lasts for a long time, making it ideal if you use massage oil infrequently.

Sunflower oil is light in texture and lacks a greasy feel. It is recommended that sunflower oil is not purchased in large quantities as it turns rancid rather quickly. Sunflower oil should not be used by individuals with a history of allergies to sunflowers.

Apricot kernel oil is a popular substitute for sweet almond oil as it can be used by people who have a history of nut allergies. The oil is akin to almond oil in both its color and texture, although it is more expensive. Apricot kernel oil is easily absorbed which means that skin does not feel greasy after its application. Apricot kernel oil contains large quantities of vitamin E. This means that its shelf life is longer than other oils.

Fractionated coconut oil is light in texture and is not greasy. It is less expensive than other types of oils and its shelf life is long. Fractionated coconut oil is celebrated as unlike many oils, it will not stain sheets easily. Like fractionated coconut oil, kukui nut oil is thin and non-greasy. Kukui nut oil can be used on all types of skin, including oily skin and skin which has been damaged by the sun. Grapeseed oil, derived from grape seeds, is similar to both kukui nut oil and fractionated coconut oil in texture. It is light, smooth and silky and has no odor.

Other types of oils include avocado oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, wheat germ oil, olive oil and sesame oil. These are heavier oils which are usually blended with lighter oils.

If you take the time to explore the different types of massage oils, you will be certain to find massage oil which is right for you.


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