Magnesium flakes vs spray vs lotion: understanding the difference

Magnesium is an essential mineral with numerous health benefits. Our transdermal magnesium range is a great way to increase magnesium levels, and as it is absorbed directly through the skin is an easy and effective way to supplement. But with so many products available, which is best? Flakes sprays or lotion?

All our products contain the highest-quality magnesium chloride, naturally sourced and free from man-made pollutants. The right product for you simply comes down to your needs and preference. This handy guide will help you decide which is best for you.

In this guide:

The short answer

Magnesium has a range of health benefits, which all our magnesium products provide. It’s in how they are used, and who they are aimed at, that separates one product from another.

  • Exercise—spray/gel
  • Sleep—flake/lotion
  • General—spray/lotion

Experiment and find the right magnesium product that suits you and your lifestyle.

Benefits of all products

  • Magnesium absorbs into your skin easily
  • Pure, natural source of magnesium
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • Promotes overall wellbeing
  • Free from man-made pollutants

Magnesium Flakes

Magnesium flakes are designed to be used in either a bath or footbath. Baths fully expose your body to a concentrated solution of magnesium chloride, an excellent way to increase your mineral levels and unwind at the same time.

Magnesium flakes are perfect for people who:

  • enjoy a good bath
  • have sensitive skin
  • don’t like the feeling of creams or sprays

If you’re using magnesium to aid sleep, factor in a warm, magnesium rich bath to prepare your body for sleep. Learn more about how magnesium can aid sleep by downloading our free Sleep eBook.

Best for… muscle relaxation and people with sensitive skin.

Not for you if… you want to measure your magnesium intake. There are too many variables to accurately state how much magnesium you would receive from a magnesium bath or footbath.

Magnesium oil sprays

BetterYou’s is our strongest and purest magnesium oil product and is the ultimate way for you to replenish your magnesium levels, with 10 sprays providing 200mg of elemental magnesium (57% of your recommended daily allowance).

Magnesium spray is perfect if you’re looking to treat specific areas such as muscles and joints. It works well for everyday use or after an intensive workout.

Make sure you massage the spray well into the troubled area. For best results, apply to clean skin and reapply when needed.

Types of magnesium spray

Our unique each offer their own benefits and have been enhanced with essential oils. Click on the links below to find out more about each product:

Best for… increasing levels quickly or treating a specific area.

Not for you if… you have sensitive or broken skin.

Best for… healthy-looking skin.

Not for you if… you don’t like how cream feels on the skin.

Magnesium lotion

Like our magnesium sprays, we’ve designed our Magnesium Body Lotion to be massaged into the skin. The formulations are non-greasy and can be applied all over the body (avoiding sensitive areas). Depending on the type of lotion you have chosen, your routine might differ slightly.

Types of magnesium lotion

Click on the links below to look at the product pages:

Best for… a range of needs.

Not for you if… you don’t like how lotion feels on the skin.

Magnesium comparison table

Used after exercise?

Used when pregnant?

Amount of elemental magnesium absorbed

Suitable for children?




10 sprays = 200mg of magnesium





N/A – too many variables (volume and temperature of bathwater etc.)





5ml = 150mg of magnesium

is available

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