Can Magnets Make Over Your Skin?

Magnets have been a mainstay in alternative medicine since ancient times, and today, some believe that they may have beauty benefits.

According to experts, magnetic therapy is essentially about normalizing cellular activity and enabling proper nutrient delivery to cells. Environmental damage depolarizes skin, and magnets are believed to help improve tissue activity. Magnetic stimulation may have three types of effects: detoxification, anti-inflammatory, or cell metabolism regulation.

In the skincare domain, there are two types of magnets used: static (an actual magnet placed on the skin) and magnetized particles (powderized magnetic minerals in a product).

Static magnets are thought to align molecules in the blood cells while relaxing the muscles around the blood vessels, aiding in circulation. As a result of increased blood flow, more oxygen is delivered to skin cells, which helps to revitalize the skin by improving tone, tightening facial muscles, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Magnetized particles incorporated into creams or masks include magnetite or hematite. Magnetite is an iron ore commonly used to make steel. In cosmetic form, it's believed to remove toxins and decrease inflammation, making it ideal for skin prone to acne or psoriasis. Hematite is a result of magnetite reacting with oxygen. It purportedly helps reactivate pro-collagen synthesis to add back elasticity and suppleness in mature skin.

While some companies and practitioners tout magnets for their beautifying abilities, not everyone agrees that incorporating them into skincare is beneficial.