Are you looking for a way to achieve bright and glowing skin using natural and ethically-sourced ingredients? If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably scoured the internet only to find long and confusing lists of plant extracts promising to turn back the clock and rid your skin of blemishes. Fortunately, we’re here to tell you that your search is over: magnesium is the wonder-ingredient of the moment.
What does magnesium do?
Magnesium has a vital role in over 300 bodily processes, including the healthy functioning of the body’s adrenal system. When cortisol (also known as the stress hormone) is released into your system, the kidneys release magnesium to counteract its harmful effects. A build-up of cortisol (often caused by chronic anxiety or stress) can encourage the skin to increase its production of sebum and, therefore, break out in uncomfortable and unsightly acne lesions. Upping the amount of magnesium in your body, then, will help to keep your skin clear and shine-free.
It is also worth noting that magnesium is vital for DNA repair and replication. Without magnesium, the skin would be vulnerable to inflammation and free radical damage that could ultimately lead to prematurely wrinkled and ageing skin.
How can I get magnesium into my body?
The first step for those hoping to boost their magnesium levels is to add plenty of magnesium-rich foods into the diet. This could include:
- Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach or kale
- Oily fish such as tuna and sardines
- Prunes or figs
- Chocolate with a high cocoa content
- Nuts and seeds
- Lentils and beans
Whilst adding these foods to your diet will surely help to boost your magnesium levels and leave you feeling healthier, it may not be enough to have a significant impact on your skin. Up to 80% of the population is deficient in magnesium, demonstrating just how difficult it can be to get enough through diet alone.
Oral magnesium supplements are another option, although many people complain that they produce unwanted laxative effects. The best results are often achieved through topical treatments such as creams and washes. Indeed, magnesium-rich skincare products can help to control sebum production, reduce redness and soothe sensitive skin.
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