Massage therapy has been growing in popularity over the last decade, with most people going for massages as a way to reduce stress and relax. Baby oil is an excellent massage oil, because it’s lightweight, penetrates the skin well, and absorbs quickly, so you won’t be left feeling greasy and uncomfortable after your massage. Here are 9 creative ways you can use baby oil as massage oil.
Aromatherapy uses plant oils to increase relaxation and improve mood. To create a relaxing massage oil, combine 8 ounces of olive oil with 4 drops each of rosemary, lavender and orange essential oils. Mix well until it is thoroughly blended together. Store in a dark glass bottle in a cool place. When you are ready to use it for massage, add 2-3 drops of your blend to 1/2 cup of massage oil and mix it well with another container. This can be applied all over your partner’s body for full-body relaxation or used on just one area as needed for specific muscle tension relief.
2) Body Massage During Pregnancy
The Benefits of Body Massage During Pregnancy: Feeling tired and achey? A good massage can help you feel better and reduce stress. Many women in late pregnancy may find that a regular body massage makes them feel better. It’s not just a pleasant way to relieve stress, but it can also help you sleep more deeply and recover from common pregnancy discomforts like backaches and swollen ankles. If you’re pregnant and haven’t given yourself a body massage yet, here are some reasons why you should give it a try
3) Hair Care
Hair care is another area that benefits from baby oil. If you have dry hair and scalp you can massage it into your scalp to alleviate some of that dryness. The baby oil will also clean out your pores and remove any dandruff flakes. Baby oil will moisturize your hair leaving it soft and shiny with a healthy sheen. It’s also great for use on eyebrows to keep them well conditioned so they don’t look brittle or unkempt. Just rub a small amount onto each eyebrow after you take a shower and comb through your brows to brush off loose hairs before using a brow gel or powder if you choose. Don’t overdo it with too much oil as it may make your skin look greasy.
What about baby oil? The short answer is yes—and it’s one of our favorite beauty secret hacks. Rub a little into your skin and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that it works just as well as massage oil for your partner. Just make sure to use it sparingly so you don’t soak her sheets with excess oil. Our recommendation: If you want to get really cozy with your lady, buy a bottle of high-quality massage oil and pour some in a little dish. Then have both of you dip your hands in and spread it around on each other as foreplay. Add some aromatherapy candles or use essential oils like rosemary or lavender that can act as aphrodisiacs if they are heated up before use.
5) Moisturizing Skincare Routine Section
If you have oily skin and baby oil is a mainstay in your skincare routine, then it’s likely that there are lots of bumps and breakouts happening on your face. While it may feel good at first to use oil-based products on your skin, they will do more harm than good in the long run. It’s a fact that certain oils (like coconut oil and baby oil) cause acne because they clog pores. If you want to maintain clear skin, ditch all traces of these oils in your beauty products and opt for mineral-based or cream cleansers instead.
6) Wound Healing Section
Our skin is incredibly resilient; its ability to heal itself is actually pretty miraculous. And a big part of its self-healing process is built right into baby oil. Baby oil contains mineral oil and paraffin which provides a non-irritating glide to help keep your skin smooth while you rub away tension in hard-to-reach spots like your back or shoulders. Although baby oil isn’t just for babies anymore—it also can be used as massage oil—it’s important not to go overboard with it as it could potentially clog pores and/or irritate sensitive skin types. But if you’re looking for a natural alternative to synthetic massage oils with their weird chemical ingredients that might cause irritation or even worse, we recommend using baby oil!
7) Athletes Foot
Now that you know how to use baby oil as massage oil, you can have a relaxing massage experience anytime. Go ahead and try out one of these easy recipes! And don’t forget—no matter what brand or type of baby oil you use for your massage sessions, always be sure to store it in a cool place. It can go bad if exposed to sunlight or heat for too long. If used correctly, though, there’s no reason why even small bottles of baby oil won’t last a very long time!
8) Burns Section
It may sound counterintuitive but you can treat minor burns with baby oil. First, gently rinse off any debris from your burn and flush with water for about 10 minutes. Next, apply a few drops of baby oil to your fingers and dab it on your burn; repeat as necessary until pain goes away. If you still feel pain after 20 minutes or so then you should go see a doctor. It’s probably best to call 911 if it is serious because treatment by a doctor is best for burns.
9 ) Dry Skin Section
Many of us have eczema or sensitive skin that does not react well to heavy oils. If you fall into either of these categories, you can still use baby oil as massage oil. Choose an unscented baby oil and use it in place of regular massage oil on a client’s dry skin areas only. Be sure to apply a thin layer because even baby oil is heavy compared to other kinds of massage oils. To combat any residual greasiness, apply a light dusting of body powder after your client leaves.
There are a number of other products that could be used in place of baby oil. However, they may not give you as much slip as baby oil. If you’re looking for an alternative that is more like baby oil and has some of its characteristics then consider almond or grape seed oils. They are lightweight and have almost no odor, so they’re easy to incorporate into your massage routine. Both oils have a longer shelf life than baby oil and tend to absorb more readily into skin than water-based products; you will likely need less product for each application. The only drawback is that both cost about $10 for a one-ounce bottle—about twice what most places charge for one ounce of unscented baby oil.