The topic of the following blog has to do with massage oils and lotions, and comparing which types are more beneficial.
One topic it mentions briefly is dry skin. What is dry skin, and what causes it?
The medical term for dry skin is xerosis. While our skin is normally covered with fatty lipids that keep it moisturized and supple, it can get dried out by our behavior and the environment.
WebMD mentions the following behaviors to be aware of in fighting dry skin:
- Improper use of moisturizer. Moisturizer should be applied to damp skin after showers or baths so that it traps in water moisture.
- Environmental changes. Dry skin can be caused by indoor heat and air conditioning. Try turning the heat or air conditioning down, and adding humidifiers when air is especially dry.
- Avoid long, hot showers or tub soaks. While they may feel good, long hot showers or soaking in the tub dry out your skin. Opt for brief, lukewarm showers whenever possible.
- Use soap sparingly. Parts of your body that need soap are your hands, feet, underarms and rectal and pelvic area; your face should also be washed with a nondrying cleanser.
Read the following blog for more information on the best lotions and oils to use on your client during massage.
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“The lubricant you use for a client’s massage could be the difference between the client receiving the massage of their dreams or deciding to never return.
With a variety of massage creams and massage oils to choose from, and each containing certain properties that benefit the skin, massage oils and creams can benefit the client and improve their overall massage experience.”