It’s hard to discount the importance of magnesium. It’s an essential mineral that aids the body in literally hundreds of cellular functions, including repairing DNA, forming proteins, moving muscles, converting energy, and regulating neurotransmitters. It is essential to help prevent and counteract sleeplessness, headaches, low energy and restless leg syndrome.
So, knowing that the majority of U.S. adults don’t get enough magnesium, I ordered some magnesium oil to see if I was one of them. I read that if your skin itches after you apply it, it can mean that you are deficient. Apparently, I was VERY deficient 😉.
My skin itched like crazy for the first few weeks when using it. I spritzed and rubbed in the oil each day after I got out of the shower. I normally do not have sensitive skin, but I definitely experienced a burning, tingling sensation—it wasn’t unbearable, but it was pretty uncomfortable.
After a few weeks of daily use, my skin (thankfully) stopped reacting. I have decreased my usage to every few days and have been eating more delicious foods rich in magnesium (such as salmon, dark chocolate, avocado, and pumpkin seeds) to maintain sufficient levels.
How to Minimize Itching when Using Magnesium Oil
If you haven’t used magnesium oil before and want to give it a try (make sure to consult with a health care professional first), here are some tips to minimize any potential itching:
Don't apply it immediately after showering or to recently shaved areas when your pores are more open.
Mix it with other soothing or moisturizing products.
Gradually increase usage (frequency and/or surface area) until your body acclimates.
If the salt residue that’s left behind causes itchiness, rinse it off after 20 minutes.
And if it dries out your skin, lotion up.
Since I upped my magnesium intake, I have noticed that it’s much easier for me to fall and stay asleep, and that I have more energy throughout the day. If you think you might be deficient in magnesium, check with your doctor. Taking a supplement or using magnesium oil could be a small change that will make a noticeable difference!