I bought the Swanson's brand, and the instructions say to spray 4-5 times on your skin, rub it in, and then rinse off thoroughly. (I have no connection to them. Billy E recommended that brand and they were cheaper than some others I looked at.)
My questions for you are:
How long do you wait to rinse it off? I waited about an hour last night, which I arbitrarily figure is reasonable. Would it absorb better if I waited longer?
Is it important to rinse it off? And if so, why?
asked byJJ (6157)
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on March 18, 2011
at 06:36 PM
I didn't rinse it off. The crusty layer was mildly annoying, and I eventually stopped using it and switched to citrate pills. But I can't think of a reason that it would be important to rinse off.
I'm guessing that the crust of magnesium probably won't absorb any more, unless you maybe put some drops of water on it later (not a shower or something that would wash it off).
on March 18, 2011
at 05:27 PM
I don't know about Swanson's, but Ancient Minerals recommends waiting for 1/2 hour before rinsing off, but to only rinse it off if it gets uncomfortable. Like Adam, I don't bother, since any stinging or itching is gone after the first few minutes anyway. Assuming that Swanson's doesn't have any crazy additives, there's no reason to wash it off before your next swim/bath/shower unless you want to.
on July 28, 2012
at 09:41 PM
It is not necessary to rinse the magnesium oil off. Some people experience a tingling sensation when they first start using magnesium oil and may wish to rinse to relieve that sensation. If you do, wait at least 20 minutes before rinsing off. This gives the body time to absorb the magnesium into to the bloodstream.
This tingling lessens with each use, so eventually it won't be an issue at all.