Boost circulation to look and feel better
If your skin is pale and lacking vibrancy, your digestive system is sluggish and you're feeling generally washed out, it could be that you're suffering from poor circulation. Keeping blood pumping around your body is super important for healthy skin and feeling your best, so it's important to keep an eye on yours.
There are many reasons why circulation could slow, but one major factor is ageing - part of the reason why our skin gets duller over the years. But what's the science linking good blood flow to a peachy complexion?
"Boosting the cardiovascular circulatory system and increasing blood flow helps nourish skin cells and keep them energised. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to cells throughout the body, including the skin. In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, such as free radicals," Jill Zander, Founder of the Jill Zander Skin Rejuvenation Clinic (jillzander.co.uk) explained to Cover Media.
"The lymphatic circulatory system works directly with the cardiovascular circulatory system to keep blood and lymphatic fluid levels in balance and flush toxins out of the body. If the lymphatic circulation slows or stagnates, toxins will accumulate and immune cells won’t be delivered to the areas of the body where they’re needed."
Luckily there are many ways you can give your circulation a much-needed boost. For one, it's important you incorporate regular cardio exercise and strength training into your regime. Cardio workouts get blood pumping around the body, boosting skin's vibrancy. Meanwhile strength routines add to muscle mass, increasing the efficiency of both cardiovascular and lymph circulation.
You can also boost circulation by stimulating the skin, either with a massage or body brush. Try dry body brushing every day before your shower, which will also make skin smoother and help you feel energised.
"Brush upward and towards the major lymph nodes in the body, such as the groin, armpits and base of the neck," Jill advised. Also try blasting your legs with cold water at the end of your shower - this can improve circulation and tone.
What you put into your body is key too. Drink lots of water and try some circulation-boosting foods with antioxidants and vitamins. Jill recommends fresh fruit, oily fish, whole-grain seeds and nuts. Vitamin E is particularly effective and can be found in vegetables oils like sunflower and corn oil, sunflower seeds, sun-dried tomatoes, hazelnuts, peanuts, Brazil nuts and almonds.
If you need extra help, call on an expert. The Body Ballancer Pressotherapy medi spa treatment helps to get rid of excess fluid and encourages a natural detox. You'll wear an in-clinic compression suit with 24 cells that inflate and deflate, stimulating the lymphatic system. You'll feel like a new person afterwards!