No. 1: You Can Soak in It
Magnesium is what we like to call the OG of bath soak ingredients. In Hungary, people have been steeping themselves in the local waters for ages, and magnesium is just one of many therapeutic and healing minerals that naturally feed into the Hungarian water supply. Its strong anti-inflammatory and de-stressing properties attract people from all over Budapest to the city's public baths and pools, where they sit back and soak up the benefits.
'Magnesium is one of the most versatile minerals out there, and yet many Americans are actually deficient.' —Laurie Brodsky, NP
But not everyone can jet to Hungary whenever they want to chill in a bath. That's where magnesium-rich products like Epsom salt come in, which you can drop into your own tub to help relieve muscle tension—and make your skin look better at the same time.
Try soaking in it yourself with the help of these products!
Epsom Salt Soothe and Sleep Lavender Soaking Solution by Dr. Teal's, $5, target.com.
Arnica Joint and Muscle Mineral Bath Salt by Kneipp, $12, us.feelunique.com.
Aloe Kelp Soak, $16, urbanoutfitters.com.
Mustard Soak, $32, figandyarrow.com.
No. 2: You Can Eat It
Your body has a secret: it's craving magnesium. As Laurie Brodsky, in-house naturopathic doctor for wellness drink brand Dirty Lemon, explains, "magnesium is one of the most versatile minerals out there, and yet many Americans are actually deficient." She notes that it improves bone health (when taken with calcium), stress, and hormonal imbalances.
'Find magnesium in leafy greens like spinach and chard, black beans, avocados, and nuts and seeds.' —Craig Elbert
"Magnesium is necessary for a multitude of bodily functions, including protein synthesis, blood glucose control, and energy production," says Craig Elbert, CEO and cofounder of the vitamin subscription service Care/of.
If you're lacking in this major mineral, you can ingest it to help your systems function better. One of the easiest solutions is to add a magnesium supplement into your routine, but you can also absorb it from foods. "You can find it in leafy greens like spinach and chard, black beans, avocados, and nuts and seeds," Elbert says.
'The mineral is a miracle worker for irritated and inflamed skin, which means it can help strengthen complexions that are sensitive or blemish-prone.'
If that's not enough, you can always drink it! "We added magnesium to our sleep-focused formula since it calms and benefits you—all the way from the nervous system to the digestive, cardiovascular, hormonal, and musculoskeletal systems," Brodsky says.
Sleep, $65 per case, dirtylemon.com.
Magnesium, $8 a month, takecareof.com.
No. 3: You Can Put It on Your Face (and Body)
The mineral is a miracle worker for irritated and inflamed skin, which means it can help strengthen complexions that are sensitive or blemish-prone. Additionally, it can help regenerate your skin cells so that you can maintain healthy, glowing skin and prevent future spots and lines. Bonus: the inside of your body can absorb magnesium from topical applications!
Try these skin-care products that have just the right dose of magnesium.
First Thing First Face Scrub by DTRT, $25, sephora.com.
Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Cream, $38, renskincare.com.
Ease Magnesium Spray, $39, activationproducts.com.
Under-Eye Gel by Recipe for Men, $48, urbanoutfitters.com.
Dead Sea Crystal Osmoter X6 Facial Serum, $75, ahava.com.
No. 4: You Can Use It for Deodorant
It's hard to let go of traditional anti-perspirant, especially with rising temperatures and intense workouts. But making the switch to natural deodorant can be beneficial, especially if you find one that includes magnesium. "Some people have the perception that it's our sweat that makes us stink," says Jaime Schmidt, founder of deodorant brand Schmidt's Naturals, "but it's the odor-causing bacteria on our skin that need to be addressed."
'Magnesium soothes skin, prevents redness, and calms itching.' —Tara Pelletier
That's where the magnesium comes in. "Magnesium helps to balance pH, so it can be highly effective in keeping you fresh throughout the day," says Tara Pelletier, cofounder of body-care brand Meow Meow Tweet. "At the skin layer, magnesium functions to create a more alkaline environment that inhibits bacterial growth and rapidly soothes skin, prevents redness, and calms itching." Sounds like a great post-shave remedy!
Get into the natural-deo groove!
Baking Soda-Free Deodorant Cream, $14, meowmeowtweet.com.
Charcoal and Magnesium Mineral-Enriched Deodorant, $10, shop.schmidtsnaturals.com.