Massage oils are used to allow hands to glide over the skin without friction,
providing a deep sense of relaxation. They can also be referred to as carrier oils
as essential oils are sometimes added to them to enhance the treatment.
There are many different types of massage oils, and they vary in terms of texture,
absorbency, and the effect they have on the skin.
Here is a brief description of some of the massage oils to give you an idea of the
qualities and benefits they have.
Grapeseed oil has little-to-no odour and has a smooth, silky texture.
It is easily absorbed, and because of its high levels of antioxidants it has the
ability to fight free radicals and slow the ageing process. It is rich in vitamins,
minerals and protein and has the ability to lock in moisture, leaving the skin
feeling exceptionally smooth and supple.
It is a safe nut-free oil and a great carrier oil for use in aromatherapy.
Sunflower oil is a light, non-greasy oil. The oil is extracted from sunflower seeds,
and is high in essential fatty acids which are needed for healthy skin. It helps the
skin to retain moisture and is often used in baby massage as it is so gentle.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is obtained from the dried kernels of the almond tree. It
nourishes the skin because of its rich concentration of oleic and linoleic essential
fatty acids. It is a slower penetrating oil, allowing time to spread the oil over the
skin before it is absorbed fully. It is an excellent emollient, meaning it softens and
balances the moisture of the skin. This oil cannot be used with someone who has
a nut allergy.
Jojoba oil is actually a wax, extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant. It has a
silky texture and is very well absorbed. It has anti-bacterial properties and is
anti-inflammatory, making it a beneficial oil for people prone to acne. It is a
soothing oil which can also be used on irritated skin.
Apricot Kernel Oil
This oil is made from the seeds of the apricot fruit. It is rich in vitamins E and A,
making it a great oil for prematurely aged, irritated or dry skin. It is light and easily
absorbed, often used in facial massage as it nourishes and balances moisture in
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