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For such a basic mineral, magnesium does a lot of work. It plays an important role in the nervous system by helping relieve anxiety, which in turn promotes better sleep. It helps relax muscles after a workout. A magnesium bath can reduce inflammation, remove toxins and heavy metals at a cellular level, relieve stress and fatigue, improve circulation, and ease joint pain. And topically, magnesium boasts amazing skin benefits.
Studies show that when used in skincare products, magnesium works by regulating cellular regeneration and repair, increasing recovery, and fighting infection. It helps soften and hydrate skin, shrink pores, and remove dirt, dead skin, and excess oils. Among magnesium’s proven skin benefits, it can help heal acne, soothe skin inflammation, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.
Magnesium chloride is one of the best forms of topical magnesium due to its purity, potency, and rapid absorption into the skin. You will find it in its purist form as bath flakes and salts, mixed with water to form oils and oil sprays, and in lotions and gels.
Another magnesium compound with skin benefits is gaining popularity as an effective antioxidant. Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate is a stable derivative of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid mono-dihydrogen phosphate magnesium salt). Unlike L-ascorbic acid, it is light and oxygen-stable, so it doesn’t readily degrade in cosmetic formulas that contain water. Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate helps hydrate skin, balance excess oil, and calm sensitive skin.
Take advantage of magnesium’s skin benefits with Trace Minerals Magnesium Gel. This concentrated, non-greasy formula with 10 percent magnesium chloride plus skin softeners absorbs quickly to help keep skin looking and feeling healthy.
Soak away stress and relax tight muscles in a warm bath—or soothe your aching tootsies when you’ve been on your feet too long—with Life-flo Pure Magnesium Flakes. These highly concentrated magnesium chloride crystals are sourced from the Netherlands’ ancient Zechstein Seabed. Found deep beneath the earth’s surface, the seabed offers pristine magnesium enriched with trace elements from ancient seawater.
Ease stressed skin and tired muscles with NOW Solutions Magnesium Topical Spray. Also sourced from the ancient Zechstein Seabed, this highly concentrated solution of magnesium chloride and water has a slick, oily feel at first, but massages into skin easily. For a foot soak, pour one to two ounces of the solution into a basin of warm water.
Revive skin while you sleep with Pacifica Vegan Collagen Overnight Recovery Cream. This rich cream is infused with fermented vegan collagen, sunflower seed oil, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C), and flower extracts of orange, jasmine, and chamomile to hydrate and nourish dry, stressed, or aging skin.
Wake up to glowing skin with Mad Hippie Triple C Night Cream. Three bioactive forms of vitamin C, including magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, revitalize sun-damaged and aging skin. Potent antioxidants from Reishi mushroom, turmeric, and cloudberry fruit extracts in this silky cream protect skin from sun and other environmental damage while also hydrating and detoxifying. Safflower seed oil and shea butter boost your skin’s moisture.