In recent posts we covered off the key points on using topical magnesium. We talked about:
- Why you might need topical (or ‘transdermal’) magnesium
- The advantages of using topical magnesium
- The differences between Natural Calm Magnesium Spray, Gel, and our full-strength Liquid Magnesium
- How to use each to boost your magnesium and address symptoms of deficiency, including: stress, poor sleep, tension, irritability, fatigue/low energy, muscle cramps and spasms (including restless legs), headaches and migraines, and more.
But topical magnesium is new to most, so I wanted to share a few clarifying questions that we’re frequently asked.
Q: What is in your topical magnesium products?
A: Natural Calm Canada’s Magnesium Chloride Liquid (spray and full-strength) is a brine from distilled concentrated seawater.
Natural Calm Magnesium Gel is made from the same brine, but with Amigel, a carrying agent that makes it thicker, so it stays on the skin for massage.
Q: Is your product a ‘magnesium oil’? What’s the difference?
A: Sometimes liquid magnesium is referred to as “magnesium oil” because of its silky texture, but it’s not an oil. Our products are non-staining and absorb quickly, unlike most true oils.
You may find liquid forms of magnesium combined with an oil on the market, and if you want something emollient, this might work for you. You can also make your own magnesium oil by combining our liquid magnesium with coconut oil, for example.
Q: Do I need to shower after applying the liquid or gel? Can I shower immediately after?
Our products are non-staining, crystal-clear and odor-free, so there’s no need to shower after application.
If you do choose to shower or bathe after, wait about 20 minutes for your skin to completely absorb the minerals.
Pro tip: some users like to apply our topical magnesium after a hot shower or bath, when pores are wide open. Try it!
Q: Should I use Natural Calm magnesium powder, topical magnesium, or both?
A: For some, it’s a matter of preference. For others, it makes sense to use topical magnesium AND Natural Calm powder to keep magnesium levels high throughout the day, during times of stress or muscle recovery
Some people experience unwanted loose stools with Natural Calm powder. In these cases, we recommend using more of the topical product to meet magnesium requirements OR taking smaller, more frequent doses of Natural Calm magnesium citrate powder over the course of the day.
Q: What’s the difference between Natural Calm powder and topical magnesium? Is one better than the other?
A: Both Natural Calm powder and our topical magnesium deliver highly-absorbable magnesium; both are fast-acting.
Some people enjoy the taste and experience of Natural Calm powder; others prefer soaking magnesium through the skin.
Topical magnesium seems to be particularly effective for fast relief from localized pain and tension from sore, tight muscles. That’s why we hear so many success stories from athletes!
Q: It tingles or stings… is that okay and what does it mean?
A: Yes, a slight stinging is fine – to the point of personal comfort. If you find the magnesium chloride too strong for your skin, simply dilute with water
Q: On the label it says the product is for temporary reduction of skin roughness. Why?
A.Topical magnesium does have skin smoothing properties, and it is for this purpose that we are allowed to list the product in Canada.
Transdermals are anti-aging and smooth damaged, rough skin. Some of our customers use it for oral hygiene and to re-mineralize teeth, as an all-natural deodorant, and to treat skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, acne, skin infections and even moles.
But the benefits don’t end there!
Hundreds of clinical studies support the broader benefits of topical magnesium and the practice dates back centuries – if not millennia. As long as people have been bathing in hot springs, they’ve been using transdermal magnesium.
Q: Can I use it on my face?
A: Please do! Our liquid magnesium is like a skin toner, tightening pores, fighting bacteria and sloughing off dead skin.
Q: Can children use topical magnesium?
A: Yes,absolutely. Transdermal magnesium is a great option for children of all ages and can help with sleep, mood, energy and more.
If applying directly to the skin, dilute the product with water or with coconut oil – moreso than you would for your own skin, because children’s skin is more sensitive. Full strength Magnesium Chloride Liquid can be added to the bath by the capful.
Q: What is the maximum daily dosage of topical magnesium?
There is no maximum daily dose of topical magnesium.
Think of using transdermal magnesium like swimming in the ocean; you can’t really overdo it!
If you experience skin dryness, itching, rash or flaking, you may simply need to further dilute the magnesium, and increase your use of moisturizers.
Transdermal magnesium is not known to have any other side effects.
Q: Are there any precautions to using topical magnesium?
A: The precautions are quite simple, because transdermal supplementation is very safe and effective.
- Do not apply it to your eyes or the inside of your nose. This would cause irritation
- Applying magnesium chloride liquid onto open wounds will cause stinging, but will also increase speed of healing
- Do not take our transdermal products orally
- Magnesium is released through the kidneys; individuals with kidney disease should consult a healthcare professional
- Magnesium is also a natural blood thinner; individuals taking Coumadin or other prescription blood thinners should consult their doctor
Let us know if you have any questions of your own! What haven’t we covered here that you’re still wondering about topical magnesium?