Increased blood flow, AKA circulation, is good for more than just your insides: It’s good for your outer skin health, too!
You already know it’s good for the heart and other vital organs, but lets enumerate, quickly. On the inside, circulation acts as your oxygen delivery infrastructure for all systems of the body. That’s inclusive to your muscles, lungs, diaphragm, heart, stomach/intestines, brain, kidneys, joints, and skin.
But it also helps stave off the wrinkles and creases that form in the face. Did you know that? Well that’s what we’ll focus on today. You should know the way to healthy circulation is exercise.
Let’s talk about how this works. Here’s a Huffington Post article that discusses all the physiological effects that takes place in the body during exercise. During physical activity, the skin’s blood vessels dilate. That results in increased blood flow. Your body does this in an effort to keep you cool–to move the heat to your skin’s surface.
While this is happening, the capillaries close to the face’s surface dilates. That’s where that flushed look comes from after a good workout. (Interesting fact: Those of Anglo-Saxon heritage tend to have more of these capillaries in their face, which is why they tend to redden more readily than other peoples.)
If you’re concerned about wrinkles, exercise coupled with face massage (check out this recent interview with a leading facial yoga expert) helps with increasing blood circulation in your face which, in turn, stimulates cell growth. In conjunction with other measures–like not smoking, for example–helps stave off wrinkles. There’s a lot that goes into making for a younger face. Exercise is a great start.
Of course there’s the forced Facial Flex motions–the pushing and contracting of the muscles around your mouth, the ones that allow you to talk, laugh, and smile–with the help of those patented resistant bands. That’s an excellent means of stimulation.
But of course, that’s just one way of going about it. In San Francisco, for example, there’s a Thai massage studio with an interesting method of stimulating the cells in your face. They repeatedly slap you there. That’ll certainly boost circulation. In addition to that, and a slimmer face, the method also advertises reduced pore size. While those are all good things, Facial Flex seems like a more viable, probably more normal option for most folks. 🙂
On the other hand, here’s what bad circulation can do: Create wrinkles, discoloration, and bloating from water retention. Cold fingers, a general lackadaisical mood or malaise/other negative side-effects often follow.
Bonus tip: The best time to increase facial circulation is in the morning, right after you wake up. That’s the best time to bust out your Facial Flex. Your nigh-time resting face you keep in bed, of course, stymies blood flow.
Oh, and don’t forget to drink lots of water! That’s another thing that’s great for circulation.