Magnesium became a trending topic - like many other ingredients - so is magnesium actually good for your skin and are there any benefits?
What is magnesium?
Magnesium is the key to more than 300 different functions of the human body. It is often found naturally occurring in foods, (think of grains and vegetables) and when ingested, it’s believed to help regulate blood sugar. In some cases, it’s said to help nerve functions as well.
Overall, magnesium is said to host a range of benefits for the skin, including acting as a de-stressing agent and helping you relax, similar to the advantages of Lavender essential oil.
Magnesium skin benefits
Magnesium sulphate (or sulfate) and magnesium chloride are topically used, with the latter more easily absorbed by the body. Magnesium sulfate - often referred to as Epsom salt) provides an array of benefits such as relaxation and better sleep.
It’s a powerful ingredient that leaves people feeling relaxed and calm, even if it’s after a long day standing on your feet at work, typing away at home, or after a sweaty gym session. It works to soothe aching muscles, and when combined with other super ingredients, like peppermint oil, or shea butter for nourishment, it can bring back that spring in your step.
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Can magnesium be absorbed through the skin?
Magnesium can be absorbed through the skin, with many creams, serums or oils formulated to be applied topically on the surface to soothe.
Why does my skin burn when I use magnesium oil?
You may be applying too much magnesium as a starting point, if you’re just beginning to use magnesium topically, then apply a small amount to an individual area of the skin and massage in well. Your skin will absorb the magnesium, and if you feel a tinging sensation then it’s working rapidly, but the feeling will decrease as it’s absorbed.
If you continue to feel discomfort, speak to your doctor and discontinue use.
Can you put magnesium sulphate on broken skin?
You should not use magnesium sulphate on broken skin, and follow instructions on your product’s label.
Does magnesium help itchy skin?
Magnesium is not known for helping to prevent or stop itchy skin, however, the benefits of the ingredient means it helps to reduce inflammation caused by eczema and other conditions, which lead to dry and irritable skin. Using gentle soaps with added shea butter and glycerin to aid hydration is also really helpful.
Does magnesium dry out skin?
Magnesium does dry out the skin, magnesium sulphate works by drawing out moisture and pus from the area in minor skin infections. By doing so, it helps faster healing and provides pain relief.