If you have yet to read part one of the blood circulation series, it would be beneficial for you to start there. This post will be building on the fundamentals discussed in the previous part.
Significance of having good blood circulation
Having good blood circulation is going to help your body in a number of ways. All of these are going to improve your overall health immensely. An increase in blood flow or circulation in the body can help benefit the heart and the body’s muscles and arteries throughout the body. Increased blood circulation improves oxygen rich blood flow to extremities such as the arms and legs.
Having an increase in blood flow and circulation to all areas of your body helps promote cell growth and organ function. Your skin also benefits from an increase in blood circulation. Healthy skin is better able to fight off bacteria and infection that it may come in contact with. When your heart pumps efficiently, your heart rate lowers and your blood pressure responds evenly and smoothly.
Most common causes of poor blood circulation
There are several medical conditions that slow down or block blood circulation. One of the most dangerous is formation of a blood clot which will stop or inhibit blood flow from one part of your body to the remaining areas, causing a stroke or severe damage to your tissues. Other causes of poor blood circulation include Raynaud’s Disease, where arteries that supply oxygen-rich blood narrow; heart disease; and deep vein thrombosis.
How to assist your body in proper blood circulation
There are several ways to assist your body in creating healthy blood circulation. Below are six of the best ways to keep your blood circulating in the most positive way for your body.
1: Drink plenty of water. Drinking water is crucial for a number of body functions, especially those involving the skin. Water helps maintain blood volume so it plays a major role in healthy blood circulation and is extremely important for maintaining healthy, youthful skin.
2: If you smoke, stopping would be the best choice. This habit directly causes poor blood circulation and therefore, greatly affects the complexion. Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol weaken the connective tissue by depleting it of oxygen and nutrients, which thins and weakens blood vessels and causes them to appear at the surface of the skin.
3: Exercise should be a part of your weekly activities. Increase blood circulation by becoming more active. Even light activity, such as walking around the block a few times, will improve blood flow, and improve the skin’s appearance.
4: Improve your overall diet. Make sure you’re eating a balanced, healthy diet and keep cholesterol and saturated fat at a minimum, as these things diminish blood circulation.
5: Include retinoids in your daily skin care regimen. Retinoids are a form of vitamin A and are often used in anti-aging skin care treatments because they help fight wrinkles, tighten the skin and promote collagen production. Retinoids are also effective for delivering a more youthful look because they significantly improve blood circulation, and even promote the creation of new blood vessels.
6: Consider light therapy. If facial skin is showing visible signs of aging such as wrinkles, dryness and discoloration caused by sun damage, there are a variety of light-therapy treatments to improve these issues. Red and infrared light therapy are both used for cosmetic anti-aging purposes. It works by using photons (which are light energy) to penetrate the skin’s surface and activate the cells and cellular processes beneath, triggering new cell generation and improving blood circulation to deliver smoother skin. There are several types of light therapy for the skin. Be sure to consult with a doctor concerning which will be best for blood circulation. Blue-light therapy, for instance can also improve circulation while treating acne. The ability of light therapy to improve blood flow and soft-tissue conditions has been used by an increasing number of medical practitioners to expedite healing by improving cellular functions.
Skin care products with the ability to increase blood circulation
As mentioned in part one of this series, blood circulation is extremely important when it comes to the skin surrounding the eyes. When you have poor blood circulation in this area dark circles can appear, wrinkles can form and the skin can age faster. MDSUN offers a Med-Eye Complex Cream that is infused with over a dozen peptides and ceramides. Selected ingredients increase the blood circulation in the skin that surrounds the eyes and keep this area deeply hydrated. This cream is formulated to reduce the signs of aging and can be used day and night for a youthful appearance and glow.