We talk a lot about how Magnesium can help your body - whether it be to manage pain, help muscle recovery, get a better nights sleep or ward off a headache.
But Magnesium has another amazing function that we haven't delved into until now.
Your skin. The largest organ in (on?!) your body and also the best delivery method for taking your Magnesium actually responds incredibly well to topical Magnesium treatments. From managing acne to helping reduce the signs of ageing we cover off the how's and why's of using Magnesium as part of your skincare routine.
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By Regulating Hormones
When our body is under constant stress, our adrenals kick in and flood the body with adrenaline and cortisol. In small doses these hormones are fine, but too much and your cortisol levels will build up which in turn causes your skin to secrete more sebum, clog your pores and worsen any acne you may have.
By using Magnesium to support your adrenal system, your body can manage stress more effectively and reduce the over production of sebum
Helping to get a good nights sleep
While essential for energy production, Magnesium is also critical in the body’s end of day wind down process. It helps your muscles relax (without Magnesium they actually can’t relax) and lowers your cortisol levels which when to high are definitely not conducive to a good nights sleep.
And why is sleep important for acne? Because without sleep your stress levels increase (upping those cortisol levels again), inflammation can worsen (further aggravating your acne) and it can compromise your immune systems ability to help fight the bacteria linked to acne. Put simply – good sleep supports good skin.
Magnesium has long been recognised for its anti-inflammatory properties and this makes it perfect for supporting skin health across a variety of conditions including acne.
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Helping Maintain Elasticity & Moisture
When you are deficient in Magnesium (and upto 80% of the population are) this tends to results in lower levels of fatty acids on the skin. Without these fatty acids your skin will lose elasticity and moisture and create the perfect environment for dryness and lack of tone, which in turn equals wrinkles.
Magnesium is an essential for the enzymes that support DNA repair and replication. Without Magnesium, these processes can slow down and in turn speed up the signs of ageing.
Magnesium helps support the synthesis of collagen and a lack of collagen as we age is one of the key factors in wrinkles.
Fighting Free Radicals
Without adequate Magnesium, your skin is far more susceptible to harmful free radical damage that can ultimately lead to wrinkling and skin damage. This is because Magnesium is needed for the production of glutathione, which is a key antioxidant that fights free radicals and the damage they can cause.
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The Calming Effect
Magnesium has been referred to as “the original chill pill” and that applies to our skin as much as for our body’s nervous system. It is an especially effective calming agent for suffers of rosacea and sensitive skin and transdermal Magnesium is recommended by skin therapists and dermatologists as delivering the most benefit to sufferers of these conditions.
How to use The Base Collective range to support skin health.
- Our Magnesium & White Tea Wash is gentle enough to use as a face wash and is also pH balanced so it won’t strip your skin of essential oils or encourage excess sebum production. It is also all natural and perfect for sensitive skin types.
- Our Magnesium & White Tea Body Balm can do double duty as a face cream and it is a lovely way to introduce Magnesium into your daily skincare regime. It is also very hydrating and perfect for sensitive skins.
- Our Magnesium Oil is brilliant for managing pimples. Simply dab a little onto the area and let it work its magic. Don’t forget to apply your daily dose to your stomach as well to increase you Magnesium levels overall and help support you skin health holistically.
Want to see Cassie our co-founder talking more about using Magnesium for acne? Head to our Instagram Stories under Mg Tips!