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* A natural anti-inflammatory
* Familiarly used as Epsom Salts
Magnesium Sulfate is a natural compound used in beauty products because of its numerous benefits. According to Wikipedia, Magnesium Sulfate's popularity as a bath salt or soak is partially cosmetic: the increase in ionic strength prevents some of the temporary skin wrinkling, which is caused by prolonged immersion of extremities in pure water. This does not seem to indicate, however, that the same effect would last for longer periods of time when applied topically in a beauty product. However, Magnesium Sulfate can also be absorbed into the skin and serve as an anti-inflammatory, sometimes fighting acne and blemishes. This ionic strength and anti-inflammatory property makes Magnesium Sulfate a popular ingredient in beauty products.
Magnesium Sulfate is also known to be an effective toxin and oil absorber in skin as well as hair (Source) although no studies were found to scientifically prove this.
Safety Measures/Side Effects:
Although Magnesium Sulfate, especially when used as Epsom Salts, is a common ingredient and is approved by the FDA for use in food (giving it its GRAS rating), some studies have found it to have negative side effects. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1993 and the Journal of Toxicological Sciences in 1998 both reported cases of reproductive toxicity from exposure to Magnesium Sulfate in high concentrations (Source). In topical concentrations and normal usage of beauty products, this should not occur, but the side effect has been documented.
Recommended Products w/ Magnesium Sulfate:
Revlon Age Defying Spa Foundation, Redpoint Age Management Essentials, Decleor Nutri-Delice, Aveda Hand Relief, Skinceuticals AGE Interrupter