Magnesium oil is extremely beneficial to your body, as you can be certain of its absorption. It is not actually an oil, but rather a super concentrated form of topical magnesium, used directly on the skin.
There are three different methods of applying topical magnesium for the best absorption.
The best way to apply magnesium is by spraying it directly on the skin, preferably in places where skin is thinner, such as the wrists, ankles, and underarms. After about twenty minutes, it is safe to wash off the residue with a wet washcloth. If you have some time to spare, it is also advisable to completely strip down and coat your entire body with a liberal amount of magnesium oil. This needs to be done when you have about thirty minutes before you need to shower. Simply rub the topical magnesium over your entire body, except, of course, sensitive areas. Then have thirty minutes of “me time.” Watch TV, read a book, or spread some towels on the couch and rest. After the allotted time, take a warm rinse in the shower, using no soap, to wash off the residue.
Another great way to absorb magnesium is to add six to eight ounces of the oil to your bath for a relaxing soak. Adding up to 32 ounces, however, is still fine, due to the amount of dilation.
For some additional pampering in your life, add six to eight ounces of magnesium oil to a foot soak. One tip to remember, though: Keep the water heated. Warmer water will bring more circulation to the feet and keep your pores open, enhancing absorption.
Magnesium oil sprayed directly on the skin has been known to sting a bit. The stinging will probably subside after a few doses, but has been known to be quite uncomfortable. This has usually been noted in cases when a person is magnesium-deficient; the sting may subside as your body reaches a point in which the magnesium level is adequate. If it is too uncomfortable at first, though, you may consider diluting the magnesium with water. Remember that this will mean you are getting less magnesium per spray. Another option would be to consider a soak in the tub or a foot soak. Keep in mind through this how good magnesium is for you!
Using a natural vegetable bristle brush to slough off dead skin cells is an excellent way to prepare your skin for absorption. Not only will this remove dead skin, it stimulates blood flow to the skin and stimulates the lymphatic system. For best results, do this only on dry skin immediately before applying magnesium oil.
Massaging is also beneficial when applying magnesium oil, since it stimulates blood flow not only to the skin, but also to the tissues, thereby enhancing distribution of the magnesium oil.
Another suggestion would be to shower before applying magnesium oil. Showering prepares the skin for absorption.
Things to Avoid
Applying lotion to the skin before applying magnesium will saturate the cells and hinder the absorption of the magnesium oil. Also, applying magnesium oil to freshly shaved skin will most likely enhance the stinging sensation.
For the first two to four months, one to two ounces per day applied directly to the body is ideal. The reason you need so much in the beginning is that your body is most likely magnesium deficient. You must first build a store of magnesium in the body before you can cut back and use magnesium oil as maintenance. Many factors affect magnesium levels, so personal usage amounts should vary according to your personal needs.
Magnesium may certainly be used more than once daily. It is almost impossible to have excess magnesium, as your body will excrete what it doesn’t need.