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Magnesium FAQ's

FAQ's Questions covered:

  1. What should I know before using Magnesium Whipped lotion?
  2. How to use.
  3. How long will it take for me to notice an improvement in my magnesium levels?
  4. So, what if I've been using the magnesium for a few weeks and I'm not feeling anything at all? 
  5. What are some causes of magnesium depletion?
  6. Why do you use Magnesium Chloride as opposed to another form?
  7. Does this leave a mineral residue on my skin?
  8. My jar doesn't appear full, is this normal?

1. What should I know before using Magnesium Whipped lotion?

Unless you have kidney issues, there are not really any precautions when it comes to transdermal magnesium therapy. Your skin is extremely smart and will take in as much as the body needs. If you do have any other health concerns, are pregnant or nursing, it is always best to check with your General Practitioner.

2. How to use:

Simply apply a desired amount using a finger or cosmetic spoon and rub into the skin thoroughly. Repeat as appropriate, covering any areas needing special attention such as the neck, back and shoulders. You'll find that the Hydra Mag formula is whipped, light and fluffy, while also providing a lot of coverage using a small amount. You'll know right away if you used too much. You'll find it's not absorbing as quickly. 

It is best to apply Hydra Mag lotion to clean, damp skin (after a shower is best) since cosmetic products can hinder uptake of magnesium ions by the skin. Hyrda Mag isn't necessarily recommended to use on freshly shaved or exfoliated areas as it may sting a bit.

It's important to note: if your body is deficient at a cellular level- you may experience a tingle, burn or itch. This is nothing to be alarmed about, is perfectly normal and is NOT an allergic reaction. 

If you are new to magnesium, always start small with a test patch and work your way up! Try your tougher skin areas first such as the bottoms of the feet vs. more sensitive areas of the body like the abdomen.

If for some reason you just can't seem to bear the itch, sting or tingle- see if you can make it at least 20 minutes before rinsing it off. 20 minutes is enough time for your skin to absorb the magnesium. If you can do this for at least a week 2x per day- I can guarantee your levels will increase and you will no longer feel that itch, burn or sting at all... This is me speaking from the experience of being at a very chronically low magnesium level, and just toughing it out for a week. And now I couldn't enjoy the feeling of Hydra Mag on my skin more ;).

Always avoid direct contact with the eyes, mucus membranes, and other sensitive areas such as your face. As previously stated, topical magnesium is for external use ONLY. If redness or irritation occurs, rinse with cool water.

This formula includes highly nourishing ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, castor oil and vitamins and is intended for everyday use to improve the texture of your skin! After using my products with hyaluronic acid- your skin should feel more hydrated, soft, and plump nearly immediately upon application. Furthermore, if you use it consistently for up to 8 weeks or more, you should start to see improvements in skin elasticity and skin smoothness as well.  Once, you're acclimated to the feel of the magnesium - feel free to apply as liberally as you need.

3. How long will it take for me to notice an improvement in my Magnesium levels?

Generally speaking, Hydra Mag should be used with intensity during the first 3-4 months in order to ensure proper restoration of cellular magnesium levels. After which time, several people will notice they don't need to use as much. Everyone is different in this area however. It really depends on diet and lifestyle factors. (See faq #5 about causes for magnesium depletion)

Most people will feel some immediate relaxation within 10-20 minutes of application but this doesn't mean it's changing your levels for good at a cellular level. That's why consistency is key. Think of it like exercising! Endorphins otherwise known as, "feel good hormones," are released after at least 20-30 minutes of exercise (for some people it can take 60 min). Those endorphins then slowly drop down over the next several days. This is why it's important to sustain regular exercise if feeling good and making real physical changes is the goal. 

It's exactly the same with magnesium and minerals in general. Even intense exercise depletes our mag stores. Take this from a former distance athlete and 4-time Ironman finisher. I kept bonking on long runs and couldn't figure out why. In those days I would take some Himalayan salt (has trace elements of magnesium and other minerals) as a supplement and be able to crank out a bit more. Had I known the power of magnesium back then I'm sure I would have had 10x better races. All my minerals were just leaving my body through sweat and other means....

4. So, what if I've been using the magnesium for a few weeks and I'm not feeling anything at all? 

I've had a small percentage (2% to be fairly exact) of customers come to me after a month and say they don't feel any difference at all... Defeated....they're like, "Is it me? Am I the drama?"...

To them I say, first take a look at how you are using the product...

  • Are you using enough for your specific body and needs? 
  • Are you being consistent with it daily (2x if needed)?
  • Are you using the lotion on clean, damp skin for maximum absorption?

If the answer is "yes" to all, then consider the possibility you may be burning through your magnesium storage faster than you can replenish it. In other words, your body is writing checks it can't cash and you might be barely breaking even or overdrawn at the Magnesium Bank of The Body. 

There's always a small possibility you are not magnesium deficient, but with the lack of rich magnesium in our soil and water these days it's sad to say the odds are we are all deficient in some way.

I'm also a firm believer in our natural intuitive ability to be drawn to the things we need. So, if you were led here and if you're reading this, your body is most likely craving the magnesium it desperately needs to perform over 300 enzymatic functions. That's a lot of jobs!  So then....

5. What are some causes of magnesium depletion?

A lack of magnesium may result from dietary choices, limited availability of magnesium-rich foods, illness, certain pharmaceutical use, and genetic factors. A magnesium poor diet in America is the norm, not the exception. The average American diet supplies less than two thirds of the magnesium required by the body. 

The American diet leads to a lack of magnesium due to what have now become common eating habits- such as replacing healthy finger foods with fried foods and consuming carbonated beverages (yes even the carbonic acid in bubbly water depletes mag stores) and coffee instead of mineral water.

  • A high-saturated fat diet reduces magnesium absorption in the intestines. 
  • High sugar intake increases excretion of magnesium by the kidneys.
  • Phosphates found in carbonated beverages such as dark-colored sodas bind to magnesium, rendering it unusable by the body. 

Prescription medications like diuretics, antibiotics, painkillers, and cortisone are known causes of magnesium deficiency. These medications can deplete magnesium levels by hindering absorption or increasing excretion through the kidneys.

In cases of addiction or alcoholism, low intake and absorption can cause magnesium deficiency. Complications such as liver disease, vomiting and diarrhea reduce body levels of magnesium, and treatment of addiction may in fact further complicate issues when withdrawal is experienced. In some cases, intravenous magnesium replacement is warranted during severe alcohol withdrawal.

Stressful circumstances also increase the need for magnesium intake to compensate for extra cortisol in the body, making individuals under these circumstances more prone to magnesium deficiency.

Stressful conditions not only increase the body’s need for magnesium, but also may reduce stomach acid levels, which in turn reduces the body’s ability to break down foods and magnesium supplements into an absorbable form.

6. Why do you use Magnesium Chloride as opposed to another form?

Many medical professionals recognize Magnesium Chloride (mg chloride) as the Master Magnesium Compound for dietary and topical uses because of its high potency and efficiency. Magnesium chloride is an essential mineral and is unquestionably beneficial for the human body.

However, not all types of magnesium are created equal. Magnesium oxide for example in supplement form has a 4% absorption rate, which is undeniably the lowest among forms. It's sold by most pharmacies and drug stores.

  • Magnesium chloride is safe for men, women, children, and in most cases during pregnancy (again, always refer to your general practitioner since every person and pregnancy is unique).
  • The use of magnesium chloride can also help the body process and absorb other essential minerals such as calcium.
  • Magnesium chloride has also been shown to contribute to a healthy heart, normal blood pressure levels, strong bones.

The Magnesium Chloride used in my Hydra Mag's is free of contaminates. Please be mindful of toxic substances that get into products when shopping for bath and body items these days... because contaminates shouldn't "Work" with your Bath and Body products... If you catch my drift.

Furthermore, online shopping, in large rainforests, has made it easier for counterfeiters to sell fake products. Counterfeit products are a booming industry and considered the largest illicit trade in the world, with 2 trillion dollars' worth of counterfeit products sold to consumers annually, according to the National Crime Prevention Council.

Counterfeit in this case not only means you're getting most likely a low-quality item, but you will most likely be running into companies that don't follow Good Manufacturing Practices. Purchasing contaminated products can lead to serious dermatitis, illness or even poisoning. I thoroughly research my suppliers for months before purchasing anything these days. I also look for purity certificates on essential oils from quality control. The Magnesium I use is of the highest quality I can find. While it may be more expensive, to me, it is always worth it.

You can see the Magnesium purity certificate of analysis here: 

genuine-zechstein-coa-a101-a901.pdf (genuinezechstein.com

7. Does this leave a mineral residue on my skin?

The mineral feeling can be a typical result of using topical magnesium spray, but most individuals do not experience this with my Hydra Mag lotion because of the high content of butters, oils and humectants. The skin just seems to eat it up better ;)!

If you happen to feel a little mineral residue- maybe because of dry climate, stuffy indoors, or slathering it on like there's no tomorrow (on dry skin) - try leaving the lotion on for a good 20 minutes to let your skin soak it up, then rinse away! 

By leaving the lotion on for at least 20 minutes, you will still reap the magnesium absorption benefits. Also, remember your skin is an organ and it's never static. Meaning it can behave differently depending on the day, environment, diet and stress.

8. My jar doesn't appear full, is this normal?

Since selling on TikTok shop, this has been the topic of much debate for some strange reason. Some folks see air in the jar and immediately think something is wrong and they didn't get 4 oz. So let me walk you through my process to ensure you that I enjoy taking care of my customers and always want to give them the high quality product, service, and amount of product they paid for.

So here at Molly Bubbles, all of my products are priced by weight not volume. This is actually how all professional bath and body businesses operate.

As an example, this is why you see a "net weight" on every bottled or bagged product at the grocery store. It's impossible to maintain accuracy and integrity when a business just fills the jar to the top and "taps it down". (Especially if the product is whipped)

Think about when you're purchasing your bananas at the checkout, you are required to put them on the scale to weigh them to get the total $. And the reason is simply because bananas are hardly ever the exact same size. So, they simplify and charge by weight so that it's fair. 

The 4 oz. jars in my shop currently can hold up to 4.5 oz of liquid or unwhipped product. They are actually sold from the supplier as 4 oz jars because you're really not supposed to fill them above the jar threads with liquid for leakage reasons. The jar itself (without any product in it) weighs 4.0-4.1 oz. 

Therefore, if you feel that I have made an error- please weigh the jar right after receiving. This would mean if you put your jar on a scale without the lid, you will see it weighs 8.0- 8.1 oz. in total. This would need to be done before you dig into the product. If there is a problem, please contact me right away so I can fix this for you.

Since I'm filling the jars by volume to 4 oz. and they are shipped all over the country, product can shift during shipping. So, your .5 oz of air in the jar may be on the sides, bottom or top. Often times to the untrained eye it can appear that the jar is 2/3 full because this is a thick whipped product. 

If for any reason you ever have questions or concerns- I am always available through chat on my website, or email CustomerService@MollyBubbles.com. 

No inquiry is too small, and I always want you 100% happy.