Posted 11 August 2008 - 08:40 PM
One more thing, Jeremy. For those who are under the impression that magnesium chloride does not pass through the skin barrier, here is a direct quote from:
The Department of Dermatology,
University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany, Derma
Consult, Bonn-Alfter, Germany, Mavena AG,
Belp, Switzerland, and Rosenweg 2a, Toffen,
"Magnesium salts, the prevalent minerals in Dead Sea water, are known to exhibit favorable
effects in inflammatory diseases. We examined the efficacy of bathing atopic subjects in a salt
rich in magnesium chloride from deep layers of the Dead Sea (Mavena® Dermaline Mg
Sea salt, Mavena AG, Belp, Switzerland).
Volunteers with atopic dry skin submerged one forearm for 15 min in a bath solution
containing 5% Dead Sea salt. The second arm was submerged in tap water as control. Before
the study and at weeks 1–6, transepidermal water loss (TEWL), skin hydration, skin roughness,
and skin redness were determined.
We found one subgroup with a normal and one subgroup with an elevated TEWL before the
study. Bathing in the Dead Sea salt solution significantly improved skin barrier function
compared with the tap water-treated control forearm in the subgroup with elevated basal TEWL.
Skin hydration was enhanced on the forearm treated with the Dead Sea salt in each group,
which means the treatment moisturized the skin. Skin roughness and redness of the skin as
a marker for inflammation were significantly reduced after bathing in the salt solution. This
demonstrates that bathing in the salt solution was well tolerated, improved skin barrier function,
enhanced stratum corneum hydration, and reduced skin roughness and inflammation.
We suggest that the favorable effects of bathing in the Dead Sea salt solution are most likely
related to the high magnesium content. Magnesium salts are known to bind water, influence
epidermal proliferation and differentiation, and enhance permeability barrier repair."