For centuries, people have used Dead Sea and magnesium salt baths to treat skin diseases and many other ailments. While there was plenty of tradition and lore surrounding these treatments, there wasn't a lot of scientific research to back it up. However, researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia knew that a magnesium deficiency has a detrimental effect on the skin. So they decided to investigate whether there was a scientific explanation for these baths' benefits.
What they found was that using magnesium salts can indeed help with a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium ions are able to penetrate the epidermis and reach the bloodstream, where they can replenish cells as needed.
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The researchers, who published their results in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine, also found that magnesium ions may interact with inflammatory mediators, down-regulating the expression of some of them. When these inflammatory mediators grow out of control, they can contribute to a number of inflammatory conditions and diseases, including asthma, arthritis, atherosclerosis, and neuro-inflammation.
Of course, inflammation is bad news for the skin as well. So using magnesium salts in a bath could help the skin by correcting a deficiency and reducing inflammation at the same time. And if nothing else, you'll have spent some time relaxing — decreasing stress is good for the skin too!
But that's not the only way your skin can benefit from magnesium salts. The Système 41 Exfoliating Scrub features magnesium oxide crystals from the Dead Sea. Even though it's not a bath, and it won't provide the same absorption benefits of a bath, it's a great product that can work wonders for your facial skin.
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