Massage therapists have many different preferences and have a variety of choices that I've probably never even heard of. I'm a simple man, I find one I like, and until I find something better, I'll stick with it.
Since I started working as a massage therapist, I had use 'Biotone Lotion' because that's what we used in school so I didn't think much of it. You had to buy it in this $65 huge gallon jug online. It was fine for a while but then I started doing 5-6 massages a day and I was using a lot of biotone lotion. My hands started to get red and irritated and then started to get super dry and cracked. It got so bad that I had to stop using this biotone lotion.
I later learned that most lotions have a ton of chemicals and preservatives in them to make it last longer. And then there's the scented lotions, those are even worse. I was working for a chiropractor at the time and he was using this coconut oil from Trader Joe's. I gave it a try and I loved it. It healed my hands within a week or two and I haven't looked back since.
It's organic, virgin coconut oil from Trader Joe's, it's wayy better for your skin than most lotions and it's wayy cheaper too. Organic virgin coconut oil is great for the skin, it's also anti-bacterial.
It's great for cooking, you use it in the oven to really high temperatures, unlike olive oil which literally turns toxic after it gets over a specific high temperature.
Many women have used it for their hair, it's very nourishing for the hair. Be warned though, it IS oil though, so it WILL be greasy.
You know you got the real coconut oil because it freezes at room temperature. That's why I have a microwave in my office. There is this fake coconut oil that some massage companies make called, "Fractionated Coconut Oil". You know this is fake and doesn't have the healthy properties since it will always remain a liquid. I don't use this fake stuff.
Another reason I like coconut oil, more than lotions or even some other oils, is because it glides very well, which is ideal the massages I do. It doesn't get absorbed into the skin immediately like lotion or some other oils do. Grape seed oil is a back up oil I have and it's good, but it doesn't glide as well as coconut oil does.
Biotone lotion gets absorbed into the skin VERY quickly. Which means I have to keep applying more and more and it gets to be a little too much for me. So I stopped using it.
There are also gels too, which I have very little knowledge or experience using. From what I understand, it's somewhere in the middle of lotions and oils. Lotions are worse, then gels, then oils, then coconut oils.
One thing to note though, is that coconut oil is anti-bacterial, so if you use it too much it might actually make your skin dry. However, I've been using coconut oil every day for the past 3.5 years and only a very few times when it is winter and very cold out, do my hands get dry. So I don't think you have to worry.
So if you feel like you have chronically dry skin, come see me and with the help of the organic virgin coconut oil, you're skin will be baby soft in no time! You could do it yourself with the coconut oil, but it's much easier and more relaxing to let a trained professional massage you and get you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed all at once.