Healthy Blood Flow for Healthy Skin

Updated: Feb 19, 2021

Is your skin getting the right amount of oxygen and nutrients it needs to stay healthy? Vital to the longevity of your skin is its dependence on efficient delivery of nutrients via circulation.




The intricate network of tiny blood vessels and capillaries that feed your skin makes up your cutaneous circulation system. This system also helps to transport carbon dioxide and other waste products away from your skin, preventing a build-up of toxins. 


In the skincare world, an important part of skin analysis is to touch the skin and observe our client’s to determine whether they have over-circulated or under-circulated skin. Over-circulated skin is when the skin over reacts to internal or external stimuli by flushing. These skin types must focus on limiting triggers like spicy foods, extreme heat or cold, red wine and harsh skincare products. They should baby their skin with cooling ingredients like azulene, chamomile or seawhip.

As we age our skin tends to become under-circulated. Skin that is under-circulated looks dull, dry, sometimes pasty and will loose tone and wrinkle faster. If your skin isn’t getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs to thrive then you may notice these changes. If your blood lacks oxygen it can cause skin discolorations which is why those that suffer from anaemia, often notice their skin becomes pale and sallow.

Spots often appear if you are under-circulated. If your body isn’t able to transport enough oxygen-rich blood to your skin that also means, by the same token, it won’t be taking the waste products away as efficiently, which can result in a build-up of toxins, resulting in unevenly pigmentation.

If you suffer from itchy skin or eczema and not giving it proper nutrition, your skin becomes more susceptible to eczema flare-ups. The reason being, if all those waste products are building up, your skin becomes more vulnerable to inflammation, triggering an eczema response. Poor circulation can also result in a weakened barrier layer which then leads to dehydration and dry skin.

Over time, toxins and waste products that are not effectively eliminated from the body build up and affect various organs and systems, including the lymphatic system. Stressed lymph nodes excrete toxins through the skin which can result in acne breakouts

What to do?

GET MOVING

One of the best benefits of being active is that it increases blood flow to your skin. Physical activity is extremely important for getting your blood pumping, which can help to increase your circulation of oxygen-rich blood. It doesn’t need to be anything too intense – you don’t have to start marathon running or hitting the gym for hours a day. A couple of aerobics classes each week or a gentle, low impact form of exercise such as walking regularly can be just as beneficial.


EXFOLIATE REGULARLY


Exfoliating a couple times a week with as smooth surfaced scrub brings fresh blood to the skin to feed it effectively. Make sure you are using smooth surfaced particles, like the plant ivory found in ECOSMOOTH. These particles are like tiny ball bear-rings that roll easily over the skin without causing little tears or inflammation. Your skin will suddenly look fresh and dawn a nice radiant glow.


Drinking plenty of fluids is essential for your skin and circulatory system. If you’re not drinking enough water, it can affect how blood is transported around your body, as well as its volume. Not all drinks help to keep you hydrated – soda,