Category: Massage

Choosing a Massage Oil for Your Skin Type

Massage Oils are used to rub into the skin for a therapeutic release of stress, relieve aches and pains or eliminate toxins in the body. There are many oils blended together to the perfect balanced, aromatic blend of massage oils to soothe your skin or ease certain skin diseases, such as eczema and psoriasis. Some massage oils minimize the effects of aging and scarred skin. People use massage oils, as a basic skin moisturizer. Massage oils work wonders during your massage, but can really moisten and heal the skin, because of health benefits derived from natural oils. If you have dry, oily, sensitive, or combination skin there are massage oils for your skin type. If problematic skin disorders or diseases plague you, certain healing massage oils were designed for these common skin ailments.

Massage Oils for Dry Skin

New! Divine Calm Relaxing Massage Oil- This oil is designed for relaxation, a tension taming massage. It has a blend of calming essential oils and relaxes the senses. It soothes the skin. I recommend this oil for dry skin because it is a blend of sweet almond oil and sesame oil.

Sesame oil has natural vitamin A and E, and sweet almond oil softens, soothes and reconditions dry skin.

SheaMoisture Moisturizing Body amp; Massage Oil- The oil was crafted with shea butter, herbs amp; botanical extracts, and vitamin E. It balances skin relieving dry skin. It is a 100% natural formula. Not only can it be put in your bath water or used to receive or give a massage to relieve tension.

Tip#-Shea Butter oil not only moisturizes extremely dry skin but also is healing. It helps with eczema, burns, and other skin irritations.

Massage Oils for Oily Skin

Zents Oolong Body Oil amp; Hydrating Elixir- A multi-purpose massage, body, amp; hair oil. It hydrates and nourishes with a blend of light oils. Light oils are best for oily skin. So that you get the moisture without heavy oil build up. It smells terrific. It has a green tea lime, blossom lavender; ylang ylang, etc blend of essentials to make this massage, multi -purpose oil, airy and sophisticated.

Safflower seed, sunflower, grapeseed, and jojoba oil are light oils all blended in this product.

Tip# Sunflower oil helps aged and damaged skin. Grapeseed oil moisturizes without leaving greasy feeling.

Zip’s Muscle Rub

A massage balm made to relieve aching muscles/ oils to penetrate skin to leave it moist, are sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil and shea butter. An organic blend of herbs and extracts like Angelica, Arnica, golden seal, Dandelion, Wild yam etc. are in the awesome massage balm.

Spa Wisdom Monoi Miracle Oil

Experience a delightful fragrance. A featherweight oil that can be rubbed on your body, or used as a bath treatment for all skin types. This massage oil is especially great for oily skin because the key ingredient is babassu oil (a light non- greasy skin moisturizer), extracted from the wild growing babassu palm trees only found in certain areas of Brazil and South America.

Massage Oils for Combination Skin

Sugar Body Oil-Sweet scented light weight body oil. Massage onto fresh showered skin while damp to soften and add sheen to the body.

Almond Cookie Body Bath Oil- is perfect for all skin types. A multi-purpose oil, use for a massage oil, bath oil and moisturizer. It smells incredible. The oil absorbs into skin quickly. No parabens, mineral oils, petroleum or artificial colors.

Massage Oil for Sensitive Skin

Unfragranced Massage Oil- beneficial oil that conditions the skin. Excellent choice for sensitive skin, there is no essential oils to irritate the skin. Made with Marula oil (a super moisturizing oil from the Marula tree in southern Africa), organic olive oil. The fatty acids in it repair skin’s moisture barrier, restoring smooth and supple skin.

Aches amp; Pains Massage Oil

An herbal oil for all aches amp; pains. This oil combination relieves fatigue, stiffness, ingredients include organic olive oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond infused with calendula flowers, vitamin E oil amp; blended pure essentials.

Choosing the Best Massage Oil for Your Skin Type

Skin Type: Combination

You are sometimes prone to breakouts, especially on the forehead and nose, but not usually on the cheeks. If you place a tissue over the skin of your nose, a bit of oil will soak into it. Nose and forehead may sometimes be “shiny.”

Best Massage Oils for Combination Skin:

Jojoba Oil: This is actually a wax, not an oil, so it is a good choice for partially oily skin. Jojoba has properties that are very close to the body’s natural moisturizing system, so it can help skin heal naturally.

Kukui Nut Oil: A non-greasy oil, good for all skin types.

Wheat Germ Oil: This is a heavy oil that is usually mixed with lighter oils. It is high in Vitamin E and is good for healing scar tissue, including that caused by acne. Avoid if you have wheat allergies.

Apricot Kernel Oil: This oil is good for most skin types, and is quickly absorbed, so it won’t leave a greasy residue. It is also high in Vitamin E.

Sunflower Oil: A non-greasy oil that won’t leave behind a greasy film.

Evening Primrose: This is not used on its own, but can be added to other oils. Good for all skin types. Evening Primrose helps to rejuvenate skin cells, and could help heal acne-damaged skin.

Soy Oil: Soy is good for all skin types, and has little smell, which may be a plus for some users.

Avoid These Oils If You Have Combination Skin:

Grapeseed Oil: This oil is a very good moisturizer. Perhaps too good if parts of your skin are naturally oily.

Olive Oil: This is a heavy, greasy oil that may cause breakouts.

Lanolin: This is actually a wax, not an oil, but is best used on dry skin rather than oily skin.

Mineral Oil: This is a petroleum by-product common in many cosmetic products. It dries skin, but not in a beneficial way. It is likely to cause irritation, especially on areas of the combination skin that are naturally drier.

Skin Type: Sensitive

You are often negatively affected by cosmetic products. You are prone to stinging, chaffing, itching, redness and other skin discomforts.

Note: if you have sensitive skin, always do a patch test before using a new product, to avoid large-scale irritation.

Best Massage Oils for Sensitive Skin:

Apricot Kernel Oil: This is a non-irritating oil full of Vitamin E and may help soothe skin inflammations.

Jojoba Oil: This is actually a wax, not an oil. It is non-irritating, making it a good choice for sensitive skin. Jojoba has properties that are very close to the body’s natural moisturizing system, so it can help skin heal naturally.

Calendula Oil: This is one of the best oils for healing skin irritations, making it a good choice for sensitive skin.

Also good (do a patch test to be sure!):

Soy Oil: Soy is good for all skin types, and has little smell, which may be a plus for some users.

Sweet Almond Oil: A non-irritating oil good for all skin types. Contains Vitamin D, which is a healthy nutrient for skin. Avoid if you have nut allergies.

Sesame Oil: A greasy oil, traditionally used in Ayurvedic practices and good for sensitive skin.
Evening Primrose: This is not used on its own, but can be added to other oils. Good for all skin types. Evening Primrose helps to rejuvenate skin cells, so is a good oil to use for maintaining skin, or healing skin damaged by irritation.

Avoid These Oils If You Have Sensitive Skin:

Fractionated Coconut Oil: May irritate sensitive skin.

Cocoa Butter: Has been known to cause irritation in some individuals.

Olive Oil: The experts are divided about olive oil and sensitive skin. Some individuals may have allergies to olive oil, though this is actually rare. But olive oil is a thick and greasy product that can possibly cause irritation by clogging pores, and so should be avoided or at least diluted before using on sensitive skin.

Mineral Oil: A petroleum by-product that dries skin and can cause irritation.

Buying Massage Oils

Massage oils may be found at health food stores that sell vitamins and other supplements. They may also be bought from spa shops or specialty skin care shops such as Allergy Free Me. There are also many websites that sell massage oil, and you can find several of these with a quick Google search. Check the ingredients when buying your oil to be sure it contains only the ingredients you desire. While there are oils available that have already been mixed and blended with other oils, many massage therapists recommend buying a base oil and mixing it yourself.

Review of Avec Cinta Massage Therapy in Los Angeles

There is nothing like a good massage – except for one you don’t have to leave home for such as those offered by the mobile service offered by Avec Cinta Massage Therapy. Located in the Los Angeles area, Cinta Keeler Massage Therapist operates a mobile beauty therapy business whereby clients can enjoy the comfort of their home and heavenly relaxation at the same time while enjoying not only an incredible massage, but also the environment that generally accompanies the massage including relaxing music, a massage bed, and unique custom massage oils and other delights. Avec Cinta Massage Therapy is an ideal way to destress as well as an excellent gift to give to another.

The brain behind Avec Cinta Massage Therapy in Los Angeles, Cinta Keeler has done her professional training at the most unique corners of the globe including sites such as St. Tropez, Bali, and of course the Big Apple New York City. With a unique and personally developed style of masseuse the well trained masseuse brings to massage not only a personal touch, but also an incredible skills set of talent that seeks to soothe the pain and stress of those that need the touch of a professional massage and all that goes along with the product offered by Avec Cinta Massage Therapy. Enjoy a massage given with exotic mixtures of essential oils

Avec Cinta Massage Therapy offers not only professional massages but also incredible facials, back facials, bath, and wraps made from fresh exotic products such as cocoa, honey and other natural ingredients that are mixed on the spot. Other services offered by Cinta Keeler with Avec Cinta Massage Therapy include manicures, and pedicures. Don’t expect your everyday run of the mill garden variety manicure or pedicure because that is not what clients receive. Allow your mind and body to relax as you soak in a custom solution which includes rose petals, coconut milk, and other exotic potions.

The toughest part of getting a massage is generally forfeiting the relaxation and having to drive home. With Avec Cinta Massage Therapy, you stay put and your massage therapist leaves quietly as you savor not only the comforts of home but also the benefits of time and money well spent on yourself.

Avec Cinta Massage Therapy also provides services including hair and makeup for special occasions such as weddings and other special events. For more information on Avec Cinta Massage Therapy or for appointments visit the official Web site or call 310-382-4369.

A Review of Aromafloria Bath and Body Massage Oil and Body Wash

When I have a cold or the flu, or, if I’m feeling under the weather in any other fashion, I want to use a product that will relax me, rejuvenate me, or refresh me in some manner. When I’m down, I like to pamper myself a little. After all, who else will do it for ‘ya?

I’ve always been known for my keen sense of smell, and my utmost enjoyment of the use of one of my favorite senses. I have a love of aromatherapy products, and do believe in their contribution to mood adjustment and overall wellness.

Nothing is better when you’re suffering from a cold than the right aromatherapy – especially bath products. I’ve raved before about the brand Kiss My Face® and their products for cold and flu. Their other body washes are top notch as well, such as their athletic wash (for sore muscles, but good for colds too).

Now, during my last trip stocking up on supplies to ease the discomfort of a cold, I was looking for my favorite Kiss My Face® Cold and Flu wash. However, the drugstore where I was shopping did not carry it, and so instead I bought Aromafloria Muscle Soak® Bath and Body Massage Oil, and their Body Wash as well.

Well, it’s ok. But it’s no Kiss My Face®. The fragrance combination should have been a winner – eucalyptus, peppermint, and lemongrass (imagine my initial excitement!), but alas, the product did not deliver. First of all, it is packaged in such a fashion as one cannot smell before buying, and, the fragrance is far too weak. The body wash does not lather as well as my old favorite, and the body oil is not as smooth as some others I have purchased before from Bath and Body Works, for about half the price as well. Not to mention, the smell is barely distinguishable on the skin after use; it does not linger well. Nor does it seem to fill the air, especially in comparison to other products I have tried or relied on in the past.

The oil sells for $15 for 9 fl. oz, and the body wash sells for about $8 for 7 fl. oz.

You know, I never spend that kind of money on products like that….but I was desperate. Are desperation purchases like impulse purchases?

But, I’ve had worse. I will use the products until they are gone, but, in the meantime I might have to find my old standby for those especially blah days.

Foot and Toe Tips: How to Get Magazine Toes

We’ve all seen the toes on television which look like they are fake. The real toe does not look like it does on television. At least our own toes do not look that good. Our toes are walked on all day long. They are dry, cracking and sore. The best thing that you can do for your feet is buy some type of intensive care lotion for your feet and put the lotion on them every single night before you go to bed. Make this a habit, like brushing your teeth before you fall asleep. Soon, you will have baby smooth feet and toes which are that much closer to looking like magazine toes.

The next thing that you will want to do is keep up on trimming your nails. Always trim your nails straight across, never round the nail towards the skin. If you round the nail towards the skin you will eventually start to develop and ingrown toe nail. Then the doctor will have to cut a section out of your nail and shots between your toes is very painful. Never trim the nail to the point where you cannot see any growth. This is too short. You will want to leave a sliver of white growth on your toe nails.

You can go to the spa or store and purchase some type of salt that you can place on your feet. You will massage this salt into your feet and remove all of the dead skin off of your feet and toes. Your feet will be the smoothest you will ever feel them right after this salt bath. Try to do this at least several times per week or more depending on the results you want and the results you are getting. Between the lotion and the salt your feet and toes will look great all year long even in the winter months. Come summer time, you will have magazine toes!

The next thing that you can do is paint your nails or place nails on your toenails. I know this sounds ridiculous but I’ve done it before. You can purchase nail sets from any local store which looks like french manicured toe nails. This will be the last and final step towards getting those perfect toe nails. It might take a little bit to get used to them but they look great in sandals and even barefoot. If you don’t like that idea you will want to purchase nail polish from your local hair salon. These polishes work the best and they will dry fast as well. Paint the nails a color that isn’t too dark which will white out your feet and make them look extremely light.

Essence of Beauty Bath & Shower Gloves – Review

I love unique concepts when it comes to bath time. From glow in the dark bubble baths, to odd dried up pieces of coral sponges, I have tried it all.

A few years ago on the racks at my local CVS i came across a unique bathing essential, that I felt I needed. Essence of Beauty Bath amp; Shower Gloves. These gloves were designed to massage my skin while applying soap, gel, or shower wash easily.

I figured this would be the perfect solution to holding soap. Instead of holding the soap I could just brush it across the gloves, and apply the suds that way.

The Essence of Beauty Bath amp; Shower Gloves, actually have an abrasive yet soft texture to them, so I knew that I would be renewing my skin each and every time I used them. I thought so anyway.

The gloves came in either pink, purple or blue at the time, I myself choose the pink.

At home I could not wait to put them to the test. I hopped into the shower, shampooed and conditioned, and then slipped on my gloves. I wanted to try it out with my soap first, so thats what I did. I rubbed my bar of soap in the palms of my gloved hands until I had a decent lather working. I then placed the soap to the side, and rubbed the gloves across my skin.

Um…it hurt. I won’t like. It was a bit more abrasive than I would have liked. I got used to it though, and continued to rub my skin. However it was not long till the gloves were saturated with water and suds; the gloves got heavy and fell off of my hands.

I ended up scooping one of them up and using it the same way I would use a shower poof. Using the glove this way sort of defeated the whole purpose of the gloves. Bah!

I suppose my hands were to small for the gloves; but what gives, they were obviously designed for a woman, there was no way in hell I could see a man purchasing these gloves! Why would they not make them tighter or smaller to accommodate the female hand?

I used them again a few days after that to apply shower gel, and the same thing happened. They worked for a few seconds, and once they became heavy and saturated they would slowly slip off of my hands. I tried holding on to the edges of the gloves to keep them on, but it became a pain in the butt to do this while trying to massage the soap lather into my skin.

They failed on designing the Essence of Beauty Bath amp; Shower Gloves; if they would have just made the elastic bands tighter, they would have worked like a charm. Too bad.


Essence of Beauty Bath amp; Shower Gloves is a big waste of $2.50. The concept seemed awesome at the time, but they are just a waste of time and money.

I recommend just sticking with your shower poof or sponge, it works better.

Pricing and availability:

I have seen the Essence of Beauty Bath amp; Shower Gloves nearly everywhere they sell bathing goods. They usually come wrapped in cheap plastic bags, and sell for $2.50 or more.

Avoid em’!

Dtox Day Spa Los Angeles: Listed in the Best of LA 2007

Located at 3206 Los Feliz Boulevard in Los Angeles California is one of the best spas in the city. In fact Dtox Day Spa in Los Angeles was ranked as one of the “Best of LA 2007,” as one of the best spas in the city of Los Angeles.

Make an appointment for a day at Dtox Day Spa Los Angeles, listed in the Best of LA 2007, and you will understand why Dtox is considered one of the Best of LA. You will enjoy everything about Dtox Day Spa from the feel of the facility, to the calm environment, and the peaceful staff standing by to make your day at Dtox Day Spa the best ever.

Unless you know what you have in mind when you arrive at Dtox Day Spa, one of the Best in LA 2007, you may have a hard time deciding on the service you are interested in. There are so many distressing procedures that are offered to clients. Dtox Day Spa offers beauty services such as facials, massage, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, hair removal, waxing, and more. Special packages are offered for men, as well as for couples which is an excellent wedding gift.

With the Couples Package, couples can select from one of two packages either the Harmony Package which is priced at $225.00 per person, or the Indulgence Package priced at $290.00 per person. Couples have the opportunity to use the private suites, and if they so desire can have side-by-side treatments.

Prices vary for services rendered simply depending on the service chosen. A Dtox Day Spa signature facial is priced between $65.00 and $90.00. If you are looking for a procedure to renew your body, mind and spirit, a Time Lift Peel might be exactly what you need. The Time Lift Peel is priced at $150.00. Give the gift of distressing to your loved one by providing spa services for someone you love.

Great selections to give a loved one are a few procedures from the Enhancements category such as a Glycolic Peel, a Facial Contour Mask, an Algae and Collagen Eye Treatment, and a Hydrating Lip Treatment. You can get all of these services for approximately $125.00.

Spa services don’t stop with facials and massages at Dtox Day Spa. They also offer Hypnotherapy to help stop smoking habits. Group parties and private Yoga services are also offered at Dtox Day Spa for those that are interested.

Dtox Day Spa Los Angeles, one of the Best in LA 2007 is opened Monday through Friday from 10:00AM to 8:00PM, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM to 6:00PM. For more information on Dtox Day Spa Los Angeles visit theWeb site today.

A Spa in a Bottle – EZFlow is SilkySoft

Those of you who are true girly girl’s at heart can appreciate a manicure and pedicure as part of your routine grooming regimen. The only thing that’s better than a regular manicure and pedicure is a deluxe spa manicure and pedicure.

As soon as you take a seat you are instantly transported to a place of tranquility as the chair gently massages every single muscle in your body. If that wasn’t enough indulgence, then you have the pleasure of a skilled technician giving your tired feet a great massage as well.

I recall the first time I enjoyed a Spa manicure and pedicure, I became an instant convert. Although the Spa was extraordinary, there was a little extra bonus at the conclusion of my Spa experience that was completely unexpected. I received a little goody bag to take home with me. I thanked and tipped my technician and happily made my way home.

Once I got home I opened my bag and saw that the contents included an aromatherapy lavender candle, a mini manicure kit and a bottle of lotion. I thought it was a wonderful little gift and put it aside and didn’t think much else about it until later that week. I was on my way out to an appointment and I always carry a bottle of lotion in my handbag and I could not locate my usual brand so I grabbed the one I received from my recent spa visit.

As I was waiting in the lobby for my client, I decided to make a quick run to the ladies room and wash my hands. When I began drying my hands I realized I needed to use some lotion, so I remembered the bottle I had in my handbag. Once I opened the bottle I was instantly taken by the wonderful fragrance. My immediate reaction was, “what a scrumptious scent’! It was fresh and smelled like some kind of flower and berries but I couldn’t identify what it was.

When I read the label I realized that it was Awapuhi Wildflowers with a blend of natural berries, fruits and floral extracts. Other then the fragrance the next thing I experienced once I gently massaged the lotion onto my hands was an explosion of tiny little beads that seemed to be literally rejuvenating my hands.

After I used this product my hands were as smooth as silk and I almost could not stop touching them because I have never felt this kind of silkiness as a result of a lotion. I did some research and found out the following information regarding this product:

EZFLOW – This company is better known from their products they use in many nail salons such as nail polish, and other nail accessories. However, they also manufacture and distribute spa products such as the lotion I received in my goody bag. It’s a line of lotions called SilkySoft Hand amp; Body Lotion. They offer many different fragrances but the Awapuhi Wildflowers is my favorite by far. The lotion comes in a 8 fl or 16 fl oz size bottle.

The Awapuhi Wildflowers is a nourishing Anti-bacterial product with the following ingredients; Triclosan, Purified Water, Aloe Vera extract, Sage Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin Protein, Honey and Vitamin A,E,C amp; H just to name a few. You can find out more information about this particular lotion and others at the EZFLOW Nail Systems website at

This lotion will no doubt become a must have as part of your daily beauty routine.

Patches for Skincare – A New Trend

Whitening strips, massage chairs, $200 memory foam pillows, and more are included. A new trend in skincare that allows you to target various parts of your body (where it needs most improvement) comes with a patch. Patches are out there, designed to help quit smoking, relieve pain, prevent pregnancy and more. Now, patches are being designed to take care of your beauty concerns.

Many patches for skincare are designed to offset the appearance of aging. These include anti-wrinkle and cellulite patches. Collagen anti wrinkle patches, available over-the-counter, can help people remove lines and wrinkles from their face with a simple application to the affected areas such as the forehead and cheeks. Many manufacturer claim you will see results after only a few applications. Usually, there is a routine set for patch placement and it is encouraged that a moisturizer be applied immediately after.

Yet another type of skincare patch are Vitamin C patches. Vitamin C patches, acting as antioxidants, work to help repair skin damaged by the sun. As with other chemicals, skin patches work through time release technology which penetrates the contents of patch into the skin gradually within a couple of hours. This is why many patches require that it be worn over night. In the cause of Vitamin C skincare patches, they are heavily saturated yet comfortable to wear. As a result, the skin becomes smoother to the touch while having nutrients infused at the same time.

Anti-cellulite patches are also making its rounds on the market. These patches attach cellulite, which are a group of fat cells that buildup against one part of the skin that eventually causes a dimple effect when pressed. “Cellupatches”, as they are often called, usually contain natural ingredients. Surprisingly, there are cellulite patches with caffeine as well. Adding them into trouble areas for eight hours helps the caffeine seep in, which are supposed to help circulation.

Skincare patches are typically easy to use. They are a far outcry from cream products that may not penetrate the skin very well. All it takes is adding it to a problematic area and that’s it. Unlike creams and pills that require a little bit of brain power, skincare patches only need to be slapped on. Now, is there anyone on Earth that cannot do that?

St. Augustine Salon Review: Debbie’s Day Spa and Salon, Inc

Debbie’s Day Spa and Salon has been in business since 1991. They specialize in weight control services, skin care, day spa, massage therapy, hair and nail services. They also specialize in Wullstone therapy, body treatments, Rejuvalite therapy, full service hair salon, acrylic nails, and reflexology.

While this salon is adequate, I felt that it was a little too small. There isn’t a lot of room for clients to sit and relax without tripping over each other. The mood is a bit hectic because of this and tends to put you in a stressful state of mind instead of the relaxing mentality you are there to pay for. Of course, it could also depend on when you go. The weekends will be busier than the weekdays. The experience could be totally different when they aren’t as busy.

The prices for the services they provide were a bit high for my taste. The haircuts there are average and you may even get a sense of buyer’s remorse after you leave the salon. There are plenty of other hair and nail salons in St. Augustine for this place not to be more competitive in customer service, pricing and overall quality. I think that if they created and executed a marketing and customer service plan, there would be resolutions to many of the smaller issues they may have.

If you are going to go to Debbie’s Day Spa and Salon I would encourage you to start with something small that can be undone if necessary. Instead of getting a hair cut and color, begin with getting your nails done. If that experience is satisfactory, then graduate to some of their other services. Build a rapport with your stylist and do not be afraid to let them know what you want and what you are unhappy with if anything.


Debbie’s Day Spa and Salon, Inc.

403 Anastasia Blvd.

St. Augustine, FL 32080


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