While many of you may be taking magnesium orally, for pain, sleep or deficiency, some of you may not be aware that you can apply a form a magnesium to your skin for additional absorption. 

Magnesium Chloride is the best form of magnesium to be absorbed topically. Magnesium sulphate – the type of magnesium found in trusty epsom salts – comes a close second. Both are absorbed better topically than orally. 

For those especially deficient of Magnesium, applying Magnesium Chloride topically (through a warm epsom salt bath or with a spray/roll on) can be a great way to increase your magnesium levels without overwhelming your gut. For those not necessarily magnesium deficient, topical magnesium can be great for targeting localised cramps. Whether related to exercise, lifestyle or period cramps, topical magnesium can be a great way to address specific muscle groups.

So, what’s the best way to apply topical magnesium?


Applying topical magnesium in the days leading up to an event and afterwards is a perfect way to reduce cramp severity. Know where you’re likely to cramp and massage magnesium into the area using your hands or a roll-on. 


If you already have a magnesium deficiency, you may feel a slight tingle from applying magnesium topically. If you have sensitive skin, it’s important to spot test the back of your hand to see how you respond to different types of topical magnesium. If you only feel a slight tingle, feel free to apply topical magnesium and wash it off after 20-30 minutes. This will still give your skin enough time to absorb much of the magnesium.


If you don’t have a skin sensitivity, applying topically magnesium after a nice warm shower is a great way to increase absorption. This will allow you to better understand where your muscles are cramping even after heat has loosened up your muscles. 


Applying topical magnesium before bed is the ultimate way to absorb magnesium chloride. Not only does it give your skin time to absorb the magnesium, it also calms the nervous system and encourages a more restful sleep. As well as applying to your localised cramps, apply the magnesium to your areas of ‘thin skin’ – inside of tummy, knees, elbows and around your neck – for increased absorption. 

We sell multiple forms of pure magnesium chloride in clinic from our Nurture store and I would be happy to speak to you personally to help you determine the best form of topical magnesium for you. I can’t wait to see how topical magnesium helps you!