Ever wonder how some people seem to have a consistently radiant, lit-from-within glow, even without applying various lotions and potions to their skin? Well, chances are that they have good circulation.
Read on as Vine Vera explains more about how circulation is related to the appearance of your skin, along with 8 ways in which you can give your complexion a circulation boost.
Why is Good Circulation So Important for the Skin?
Circulation refers to the way in which blood flows around the human body. As your blood moves through your various organs, with your skin being the largest one, it delivers vital nutrients and oxygen, while also removing toxins.
When circulation is strong and steady, then the skin is receiving everything that it needs to thrive from within. This gives it a beautiful glow.
However, when circulation slows down, so does nutrient and oxygen delivery. As a result, skin cells start to starve and suffocate. Even worse, toxins also begin to build up in skin cells, since they’re not being removed by the blood at a fast enough rate.
The result? Everything from a dull and discolored complexion to an increase in the appearance of wrinkles, acne, and dark spots.
If you can relate, then your skin would likely benefit from a circulation boost. Here’s how to give it just that:
Give Your Skin a Massage
When it comes to giving the skin a circulation boost, massage is a very traditional technique. However, its effects are still valid today, with this being one of the best ways to get the blood moving through the body.
How does it work?
Think about the pressure that’s placed on different areas of the body. This physically gets the blood moving in congested areas, resulting in a good circulation boost.
If you don’t have time for a full body massage, treat your face instead. There are so many different facial massage techniques that are easy to learn at home. Not only will they all help with circulation, but they can also ease the feeling of stress and relax a tense face.
To ensure that your fingers can smoothly glide over your face while performing a facial massage (since tugging or pulling at your skin can trigger premature aging), slather on a face cream before getting started. We would recommend the Resveratrol Vitamin C Moisturizer.
This resveratrol cream contains several ingredients that brighten the look of the skin. From vitamins C and A to beta glucan, bitter orange oil, and resveratrol, this is the perfect formula to pair with a facial massage if you want your skin to deeply glow.
It’s no secret that exercising is key when it comes to boosting circulation. This is why the skin usually takes on a rosy flush immediately after exercising, with this glow lasting for hours among people who exercise regularly.
It’s all down to how exercise increases the heart rate. This then speeds up the rate at which blood is pumped around the body, giving all organs, including the skin, a circulation boost.
The only downside to this is sweat. Heart-pumping workouts will often cause sweat to start pouring out, which can trigger the appearance of breakouts and other skin concerns.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to get around this. The first is to try working out in cool environments as much as possible. Swimming is one of the best exercises for doing this since the water will keep your skin consistently cool, even as your body temperature rises. Yoga is also great for circulation, with certain poses geared toward giving this a boost.
Of course, sweating is also good for the skin in some ways. It enables the skin to eliminate toxins, which contributes to the glow-inducing effect of exercise.
However, once you’re done exercising, it’s important to clear that sweat away from the surface of your skin. Don’t allow it to sink into your pores.
To do this, we’d recommend cleansing your face with the Resveratrol Cabernet Mousse Cleanser post-workout. It’s a decadent formula that’s infused with amino acids. These keep the skin feeling soft, hydrated, and moisturized while the cleansing agents in the formula swiftly remove sweat, dirt, and other impurities.
Add Facial Exercises to Your Routine
Don’t have time for a full-on workout? Then focus on exercising just your face instead.
In the same way that a full body workout gets the blood pumping around your body, exercising your facial muscles will help to stimulate blood flow around the face. In fact, not only are they great for an instant circulation boost, but some facial exercises can also help to reduce the appearance of aging.
It takes a couple of weeks to see visible improvements from daily facial exercises. These results will continue to get better for the next few months. After this, it’s all about maintenance!
Adequate hydration is key in order for the body to function properly. Keeping your body hydrated helps to improve circulation. In turn, this gives you glowing skin.
While water should make up the bulk of your daily fluid intake, there are several other drinks that not only hydrate the body, but also play their own unique role in giving the body a circulation boost.
- Tea, which is packed with skin-loving antioxidants
- Pomegranate juice, since pomegranates can reduce the look of inflammation
- Fresh orange juice, which is loaded with vitamin C
Of course, in addition to keeping your body hydrated from within, you should also be going the extra mile to keep your skin cells hydrated externally.
There are several ways in which you can do this, from dabbing on hydrating toners to tapping on serums to slathering on moisturizing creams. All of these methods work, but lightweight serums are usually the best way to treat the skin to an instant hydration fix.
Here at Vine Vera, we have several hydrating serums to choose from. One bestseller is the Resveratrol Chianti Revival Serum. It contains a number of hydrating compounds, including a multi-peptide blend, sodium hyaluronate, seaweed extract, and soluble collagen.
Another option would be the Chianti Skin Restoring Capsules. In addition to the moisture-binding properties of sodium hyaluronate, this serum also boasts a long list of antioxidant-rich botanical extracts. Even better, each dose of the serum is contained in a small capsule. This allows the formula to retain its potency while ensuring that you apply the correct amount each and every time.
Indulge in Some Aromatherapy
Did you know that certain essential oils are believed to help with circulation? Some examples include:
- Evening primrose
There are many ways in which you can make use of these oils. One of the most popular is by adding them to an aromatherapy diffuser. This way, the scent of the oil fills the room that you’re in, allowing your entire body to benefit.
Another method would be to use skincare products that contain these oils and extracts. When applied topically, these ingredients are fantastic for giving the complexion a radiant glow.
One product that contains several beneficial ingredients is the Resveratrol Zinfandel Illuminating Petal Peel System. As you can tell from its name, this product is designed to illuminate the appearance. Rosebud powder, resveratrol extract, vitamin C, evening primrose oil, and more come together to brighten the complexion and give it a natural-looking radiance.
The Resveratrol Chianti Thermic Mask would be another good choice. In addition to lemon peel extract, resveratrol, and vitamin C, this mask is also infused with coffee seed extract. This botanical is known for how it perks up the look of the skin to immediately give it a soft, full, and bouncy appearance.
Take a Cold Shower
While a cold shower may not feel very comfortable, it’s a great way to give your body a circulation boost. When the cold water hits your skin, this encourages your body to work harder in order to regulate its core temperature. In order to do this, it speeds up circulation.
Cold showers are also said to boost endorphins and metabolism, making them well worth a try!
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that your entire shower needs to be had in frigid temperatures. Instead, have your shower at your usual lukewarm temperature (hot water isn’t good for the skin!), and then turn the temperature down for a minute or two before stepping out of the shower.
If you still can’t face the thought of a cold shower (and we don’t blame you, especially if you’re in the middle of a cold winter!), then try simply cleansing your face with cold water instead. Although the resulting circulation boost won’t be quite as intense, you’ll still be helping to increase circulation in your face, which will then help with the rest of your body too.
Eat the Right Foods
The food that you eat has a huge impact on your circulation. Certain foods will cause your circulation to slow down and turn sluggish, while others will give you a circulation boost.
Among the foods that are good for circulation are:
- Cayenne pepper
- Citrus fruits
- Spinach and other leafy greens
Healthy fats and foods that are high in fiber are also extremely beneficial for boosting circulation.
You can probably already guess which foods are bad for circulation. Those full of sugar, salt, and other preservatives aren’t doing your circulation or your skin any favors, so try to cut back on them.
It’s no secret that smoking is bad for a person’s health. However, it’s also detrimental to your skin in so many ways. Smoking has such a negative impact on circulation, which contributes to how it leaves the skin looking dull and rough.
Not to mention, smoking also speeds up skin aging while stimulating the appearance of discoloration.
Give Your Skin a Circulation Boost and Watch it Glow
As you can see, there is so much that you can do to give your skin a circulation boost. Try to incorporate as many of these steps as possible into your lifestyle and your skin will soon be glowing like never before!
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