Zechsal Magnesium Flakes
Zechsal Magnesium Flakes contain water and 47% magnesium chloride. Magnesium chloride is strongly hygroscopic, meaning it binds the moisture in the environment to its lattice structure. Zechsal Magnesium Flakes have the highest magnesium concentration of all cosmetic forms; 1g contains 120mg of pure magnesium. Thanks to their high concentration, the flakes are ideal for preparing 1-5% concentrated magnesium chloride foot or full body baths.
Magnesium chloride takes fully ionic forms when dissolved in water, making it highly bioavailable. In human cells, approximately 10% of magnesium is in an ionic form, whereas the rest is bound to other tissue structures and enzymes, one of which is the ATP molecule ("fuel molecule"), which is able to produce energy only when magnesium ions are present. Below an intracellular concentration of 10mmol ionic magnesium, there is no basis for the formation of stable and properly folded proteins.
Magnesium ions enter the body in different ways depending on the compound and the type of administration (oral, transdermal, or intravenous). In the case of transdermal application, magnesium ions are applied locally and contact with the gastrointestinal tract is avoided. Transdermal application is also associated with benefits for the skin.
As a natural cosmetic, transdermal magnesium offers a reliable and effective method for applying magnesium to the skin. It has a range of beneficial properties, including:
- No risk of gastrointestinal irritation
- Suitability for the elderly
- No laxative effect on the skin even at high doses
- Ideal for point massage after sport, also for muscle cramps
- Suitability for pregnant and breastfeeding women
- The ability to target specific areas for massage and skin care (muscle cramps, ageing spots, joints, etc.).
It is believed that the perspiratory glands play a key role in the absorption of magnesium through the skin and into the blood. The cells responsible for the reabsorption of magnesium while sweating are particularly important, as they prevent magnesium loss. Increased absorption through palms, soles, armpits, forehead, and the inner side of the elbows is to be expected, because the perspiratory glands in these areas have a particularly high density (120-370 per cm²).