Creams, Gels, Lotions & Oils - Massage therapists have a variety of tools to practice their trade with, the most important being lubricant. There are many different options to choose from – oils, creams, gels, and lotions. Oil is most commonly used as it has great glide and is easy to add essential oils without vigorous mixing. Cream tends to be much thicker and is great when you need less slippage to spend more time in one area. It absorbs into the skin, but doesn’t leave behind an oily feeling. Gels stay on the body longer and don’t require a lot of re-application. They also provide the best glide effect with a long, flowing technique. Gels are perfect for hairy clients or those with very dry skin. Lotion absorbs very quickly, which means you’ll be applying it faster than any other types. Its is a good basic option clients may already use to moisturize. It leaves little behind and there is usually little to no “greasy” effect for the client.