Just a couple of years ago, people used just about anything on their faces. All they needed to hear was that somebody else is using it. Now that we are going through the knowledge boom, everyone wants to know everything before they use any product. Milk of Magnesia primer as a beauty cream or base seems to have found favor with many fashionable ladies. Yet, it has many shortcomings that make it unsuitable for use as a beauty primer.
Chemical Composition and Action of Milk of Magnesia
Milk of magnesia is so called due to the milky texture of the lotion. This is magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH)2) a very alkaline substance. It is a suspension in water.
During times of digestive troubles, the OH- group takes care of the pesky H+ ions and they become water. This removes your tummy ache instantly. When acting as a laxative, the Magnesium Hydroxide performs osmotic action. Water is drawn out from the lining of the stomach. This increased water improves the motility of the feces and thereby augments bowel movement.
Utility Value of Milk of Magnesia
In general, it is popular because it is the general man-around-the-house. It takes care of multiple problems simultaneously and so is well regarded by the ladies of the house.
- Helps solve digestive complications
- An admirable laxative
- Breaks down oil on skin
- Increases pH value to 10.4
- Helps with heartburn
- Useful as remedy for canker sores
- Improves bowel movement
- Uses of milk of magnesia
- Cleans oily texture of skin and blemishes
- Use it as a primer
- Get rid of shining face
- Remove blackhead and suntan
- Tones the skin
- Balances complexion and hides skin rash
You might have had this admirable medicine in either tablet, capsule or liquid form. The liquid form is most interesting for children because of the added flavors. However, people find another use for this medicine. They use it as a makeup primer for oily skin. Indeed, it does work but do watch out. The effect of Milk of Magnesia primer on facial skin is not all that recommended. But first let us examine why people like this beauty care lotion and how it sizes up as a reliable makeup aid used by women.
To rank high in the beauty care for women an item has to satisfy one condition – it must add beauty. This is true for creams, lotions and all skin care aid. In all, it must give adequate protection to the skin.
Magnesium Hydroxide (chemical name of Milk of Magnesia) is an alkaline suspension with a pH of around 10.45. When you apply this on your face, it makes the entire surface alkaline. The sebaceous glands of the skin of your face keep the surface oily. When this becomes too much, we have an oily skin.
Bacteria that attack the face skin is kept off through a clever method. It is acid mantle. This covers the skin with acid layer that has pH of 4.7 to 5.1 which is enough to defend against intruders. When you apply the magnesium hydroxide, it increases the acidity to 10.4. This completely wipes out the acid mantle. Of course, you will not have any oil on your face but then you will not have any protection too from attacks from bacteria.
Use as Skin Beauty Lotion
As Beauty Care for Women
Women use this to care for the skin of the face. People who have oily skin can use it to remove excess oiliness of their face. It provides a chalky cover that gives adequate protection for face skin when exposed to the elements. However, it removes the acid mantle and therefore should be used discreetly.
It has an admirable property of removing moisture. This will help because you may use it as an effective underarm deodorant. It will help prevent clothes showing tell-tale marks of sweat. It prevents excessive sweating too.
Use on the face is not recommended. Primarily because it has a chalky texture. It leaves a residue of whitish powder that cakes off and looks weird under the makeup. Now if you are putting on makeup for a play or drama rehearsal, then this might look the part alright.
- Causes skin tightness and dryness
- Might result in chalky appearance if not applied properly
- Some people get allergic reaction and skin irritation
- Not suitable for dry skin
Check while using the lotion
- Shake the bottle well before you try to use
- Use only once or twice a week
- People with oily skin find it useful
- Use only a small quantity
- Do you notice any unwanted reactions – then discontinue use
Bottom line on this cosmetic lotion
People prefer to use Milk of Magnesia as a deodorant but not as a makeup base. Its best use is as laxative or digestive lotion. So, it is always useful around the house. Avoid using it on your face…if you can.