Magnesium is a mineral our bodies just love. It is essential for healthy skin and for digestion; muscle, kidney, heart, adrenal, and nervous-system function; muscle relaxation; energy production; bone formation; and cell creation. That is one important mineral! Magnesium oil is not really an oil. It feels slippery like oil, which is how it got this name; however, what it actually is, is a solution of water and magnesium chloride.
Though it is vitally important, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, up to 68 percent of Americans do not consume enough magnesium on a daily basis. An effective alternative to oral supplementation is magnesium oil rubbed on the skin—it’s great for soothing, rejuvenating, and beautifying the skin and comes with a host of other benefits.
It is common knowledge that magnesium is an important essential mineral, needed by the human body. However, many people have a magnesium deficiency and do not even know this. Magnesium is so important because it helps the body manage the levels of calcium, sodium and potassium.
Minerals are the catalysts to the skin’s cellular rejuvenation and can help the skin maintain healthy moisture balance. Magnesium oil also contains many other ionic minerals that promote skin benefits, like:
>> Zinc: Helps support the skin’s ability to prevent and reduce skin imperfections. Mitigates the damaging effects of sun on the skin and has antibacterial properties.
>> Copper: Detoxifies the skin and aids in the production of collagen and increasing skin elasticity.
>> Selenium: A powerful antioxidant that fights damage caused by free radicals.
>> Calcium: Helps in maintaining skin thickness and promoting rapid cellular turnover and regeneration.
The combination of these minerals in magnesium oil helps protect the skin from premature aging and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. To reap these benefits, simply rub magnesium oil on the skin or add one or two ounces to a mineral bath or foot soak for 20 minutes.
Magnesium can even improve the skin’s complexion. When topically applied, magnesium oil breaks apart fats and oils. This can help reduce skin oiliness. This, in turn, can reduce the severity and occurrence of acne breakouts. There is even some evidence to suggest that magnesium is good for eczema and rosacea. Simply pump one to three sprays of the magnesium oil into a cupped hand and thoroughly rub it into affected areas of the skin once a day.
Another thing that magnesium is great for is getting a better night’s sleep. Magnesium can relax receptors within the nervous system and the brain. This can help someone feel calm and slow down the body and mind. As a result, this relaxation can induce sleep. People who are dealing with serious insomnia and who have tried everything else may want to give magnesium a shot. Try rubbing magnesium oil onto the skin right before bedtime.
It is also important that anyone who makes magnesium oil knows how to use it properly. People who aren’t used to using it may be surprised when it tingles. Magnesium oil is strong, so some tingling is normal. It is a good idea to avoid thin-skinned areas of the body like the back of the knee, the neck, and the elbows when using this oil. It is also best not to apply magnesium oil to areas that have just been shaved. People using magnesium oil should wait at least 24 hours after shaving.
By Jessica Bailey