Believed to possess both anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, magnets have been an alternative medical mainstay for treating pain since ancient times-and some experts say that they may provide beauty benefits as well. Basically, they aren’t only good for hanging little Susie’s preschool masterpiece on the fridge.
Besides potential anti-aging benefits for the skin, they could also help with aging hair. Research suggests that human growth hormone (a controlling factor behind the production of hair, skin and muscle mass), which is produced by the hypothalamus as we sleep, is strongly influenced by melatonin levels, which can be effected by magnets.
“The pineal gland in the center of our head controls hormones, enzymes and immune functions. It is sensitive to magnetic energy and produces the sleep hormone melatonin almost entirely during the night,” explains Szilvia Hickman, senior vice president of Szep Elet, distributor of ilike Organic Skin Care. “As we age, we produce less of these hormones, so it may be no exaggeration to say that magnetic stimulation of the pineal gland could slow the aging process. Many experiences healthier hair and skin as a result of magnetic therapy, and some even show signs of their hair returning to its normal color.