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First sign of a magnesium deficiency? Fatigue. The calming mineral also helps reduce bloating, constipation, and muscle cramps. Magnesium is naturally found in greens and beans, but now topical magnesium is trending because research has shown that the essential mineral absorbs faster through the skin than the stomach. When local activewear company Alo launched its skincare line at the height of the pandemic, a magnesium-packed, post-workout recovery spray was a must-have in the collection. Three spritzes of Alo Magnesium Reset Spray deliver 45mg of magnesium (in a nongreasy, aloe and avocado oil base) as well as arnica to help soothe sore muscles and relax the body ($48).

Unlike oral supplements that can cause GI distress, topical magnesium is so safe that 8 Sheep Organics’ Sleepy Body Lotion was designed specifically for pregnancy and postpartum swelling, back pain, leg cramps, and insomnia (from $29). For little ones with growing pains or trouble sleeping, a massage with Junior Bedtime Lotion (magnesium mixed with organic mango butter and coconut oil) will quickly send them off to dreamland ($21).

Slumber Party

Like a time-release vitamin, stick-on sleep aids are designed to be worn for about eight hours to increase relaxation, improve sleep quality, and boost mood. At the Peninsula Beverly Hills, guests are now treated to Subtle Energies Blissful Inhalation Sleep Patches at turn-down, while Hermosa Beach–based The Good Patch is packing its Dream formula with shuteye-inducing melatonin and valerian root ($12 for 4).


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PatchAid’s Sleep Aid Patch contains magnesium and L-tryptophan in the adult formula, while the kid patch has soothing passionflower, chamomile, and lavender ($18.95 for a 30, For something a little stronger, Deeps Sleep Patch contains cannabinoids to treat stress and insomnia ($29 for 5).

Head Case

The source of healthy hair, the scalp is the new frontier of hair and skin care and serums are the treatment to try. Augustinus Bader’s The Scalp Treatment ($80) contains the stem cell scientist’s same revolutionary wound-healing TFC8 amino acid and vitamin blend found in its bestselling The Cream ($280) and new The Light Cream ($175) to reduce shedding and stimulate healthier regrowth. Downtown L.A.’s Vegamour just launched its GRO Ageless Anti-Gray Hair Serum, packed with peptides and B vitamins to reduce the appearance of grays in new growth (from $68).


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Most scalp serums have hair-thickening benefits. Better Not Younger’s Fortifying Hair & Scalp Serum ($49) was designed specifically for women over 40 with niacinamide, caffeine, and gotu kola to rebalance the scalp and energize follicles for stronger strands. San Francisco–based clean hair-care line EVOLVh just introduced its Better Roots RootBoost Serum ($48), which targets smell receptors in the scalp with a sandalwood-like note that turns on growth.