Awakening Wednesday #1 – Magnesium & Your Skin

By Rob Hardwicke, President & Product Master, Awakening Mineral Skin Care

This is the first in a series of weekly (or, as the mood strikes) “Awakening Wednesday” mini-posts on skin topics that I hope will be of benefit to others.  Ultra-potent magnesium, applied topically to the skin as a cream or lotion,  is at the core of what makes my own company’s formulations so good for the people who use them regularly.

Magnesium is awesome for the health of skin -- and life in general.

There are three types of magnesium .  The most common from the perspective of the skin is magnesium sulfate, commonly known as Epsom salts.  After a hard day of work or play, this is what your grandmother would encourage you to use for a long soak in the bathtub.  Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate is something that you will encounter most commonly on the Vitamin C aisle and is an ingredient that frequently finds its way into skin care products, such as body lotions  Both of the previous two forms of magnesium are good for the health of skin.  But neither, in my opinion,  is up to the standard of magnesium chloride, a richly endowed earth substance that is a favorite of practitioners of natural medicine and the most precioous of the three.

Daniel Reid, author, health researcher and practitioner of eastern medicine, calls magnesium “…the single most important mineral for maintaining proper electrical balance and facilitating smooth metabolism in the cells of the human body, and its presence in the bloodstream and cellular fluids is an essential factor in over 300 metabolic functions.”

The magnesium choride that holds such fascination to me is present front-and-center to address such annoyances as cold hands & feet, dry skin, the irritations of allergic rashes and eczema, and cracked fingers,   (Deficiencies internally reveal themselves through nervousness, muscle cramps, bone loss, weight gain, facial blemishes and general cantankerousness.  And, of course, one of life’s little distractions that understandably eads to ornery behavior: constipation).  According to Carolyn Dean, MD, “…magnesium is one of those super-safe minerals that you can take without fear of build-up or side effects.”

There are actions and choices that all of us easily can take that will have a positive effect on the health of our bodies and how we cope with aging — internally and externally.  Eating right and using skin care products high in natural magnesium chloride are two very helpful choices.  As for what you put in your mouth, three foods very high is natural magnesium are walnuts, spinach and broccoli.  If you aren’t wild over the taste of broccoli, let me share with you one of my own favorite recipes that masks the taste in healthy ways of its own:

Ingredients:  Two cups broccoli florets with short stems, 1/2 cup honey, 1 tsp ground ginger powder, tiny dash of kosher salt, 2 tbs butter (or SmartBalance if you’re really, really spooked about healthy animal fats), 1/2 cup orange juice, and 1 cup chopped apricots (and while there are many things about Turkey that I truly love, Turkish apricots are not one of them, so track down apricots from California — they are deep orange in color, not the yellowish pale orange of imported apricots).  I first parboil (or, even better, flash cook in a pressure cooker for 30 seconds, at most) the broccoli, then set aside.  In a saute pan, melt the butter, add the ginger, kosher salt and honey until a smooth liquid forms.  Add the OJ and stir until everything bubbles, then add the chopped apricot.  30 seconds later, add the broccoli and saute for not more than one minute.  It’s healthy, it’s colorful, and it’s loaded with magnesium (and, thanks to the apricots) lots of natural potassium, too.

The blessing of healthy skin and a healthy “you” is my wish!

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