Choose A Massage Oil

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There are many different types of massage oil you can use for face or body massage which acts as a food for healthy skin. But the choices are confusing. This article will lay out the different properties of the standard types of base massage oil and so help you decide which is the one for you.

Some of the most widely used massage oils are almond, grape seed, olive, avocado, wheatgerm. Each of these has its own benefits but some have specific contraindications and so should not be used on certain people. Let’s understand each of them.

Almond oil is one of the most widely used massage oils as it has a medium consistency and therefore provides good ‘slip’, but it should not be used if there is a history of any nut or seed allergies

Grape seed oil is a good alternative to almond oil as it has a lighter consistency and is very unlikely to cause any skin reactions or allergies, which means it is a very good choice for massaging babies. Grape seed, along with almond, is the most common type of massage oil and the ones most likely to be offered to you if you ask for “massage oil” in a shop.

Olive oil is very nutritious for the skin; however it is very thick oil and can be quite sticky to use. Like it is unlikely to cause any allergic reaction and so is good for babies (even newborns), and of course it has the advantage of being one of the cheapest massage oils – just use the bottle you already have on your kitchen shelf!

Avocado is very rich massage oil, and so is best-suited to a more mature skin or a very dry skin. It should not be used on someone who suffers from acne, as it is too rich for their skin.

Wheatgerm oil contains a lot of vitamin E, and is an excellent massage oil to use on sun-damaged skin, as it can help to repair the sun damage and improve the condition of the skin.

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