Move over Vitamin C and collagen supplements! The skin nourishing nutrient that beauty and wellness experts are buzzing about these days is actually magnesium.
Found in everything from sleep-inducing elixirs to massage creams, magnesium is becoming an increasingly popular additive, not only in nutritional formulas, but topical skincare as well. But what exactly does it do, and should everyone be adding it into their daily routine? Let’s discuss!
The Miracle Mineral: What is magnesium and what does it do?
Also known as the world’s 8th most abundant element, magnesium is a mineral found naturally in the body as well as foods like leafy greens, whole grains, beans, legumes and even dairy products.
Internally, magnesium contributes to many important body processes, regulating blood pressure, immune response, and nerve function. According to experts, magnesium is necessary for more than 300 enzymatic reactions and is essential to maintaining healthy cell function in the heart, bones, muscles, and other tissues.
Even so, it is estimated that as many as 50% of Americans are magnesium deficient, which can cause some alarming symptoms. Depression, muscle cramps, fatigue, and loss of appetite are all linked to a lack of magnesium.
Fortunately, for anyone who doesn’t get enough in their daily diet, research indicates that supplements can be helpful. Just a few of the purported benefits of increasing magnesium intake include better sleep, boosted recovery post-workout, reduced pain, fewer headaches, lower stress, increased insulin sensitivity, and improved energy levels.
Magnesium Intake and The Skin
As if all the above weren’t reason enough to strive for getting your daily dose of magnesium; an added benefit of maintaining proper levels could be a better complexion.
Because magnesium has been linked to boosting skin immunity, moisture retention, cellular repair, and regeneration, it can be a powerful ally in healthy aging. It can also aid in managing inflammatory conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis, given its potential for lowering cortisol levels and supporting optimal hormone balance.
That is why we have infused our Infused Conductive Solution with Magnesium, to maximize the conductivity of the current for a deeper absorption! This solution is designed to be paired with our Cotton Tip Probes when doing a microcurrent treatment.
Topical Magnesium Treatments
But wait! There’s more! Did you know that magnesium’s benefits can also be leveraged in topical skincare formulas? It’s true. When absorbed into the skin, magnesium’s effects aren’t quite as wide reaching. However, it can still produce relaxation and pain reduction benefits, making it a great massage medium and calming treatment.
Topical magnesium has also been shown to break down oils on the surface of the skin, which can work to reduce skin oiliness. This, in addition to the fact that magnesium is a natural conductor of electricity makes it a perfect go-to for microcurrent. At 7E Wellness, we feature magnesium as an ingredient in our Conductive Gel Solution, which can be used in any at-home or professional microcurrent protocol to assist in stimulating the facial muscles.
Other Important Things To Know
Although there are plenty of amazing reasons to consider adding more magnesium to your diet or skincare, it’s important to note that too much magnesium can also cause complications, including digestive distress, low blood pressure, and others. For this reason, you should always consult with a medical professional before taking magnesium in supplement form.