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  • The importance of blood circulation

    It is fair to say we don’t give much thought to blood circulation on a daily basis. We generally know why good blood circulation is important – it carries oxygen and nutrients around the body, benefitting the brain, the heart, the lungs, muscles, and digestion, among other things. It also carries oxygen and nutrients to all working cells throughout the body – which includes the skin.

    Good blood circulation helps cell regrowth and promotes healthier skin, and cell regrowth is vital to produce collagen. Not only blood carry oxygen and those all-important nutrients, but it also carries away waste products – essentially cleansing your skin from the inside.

    Why is blood circulation so important

    Poor blood circulation can lead to a number of problems. For your skin, it can mean a pale and washed out appearance, dryness, irritation, itchiness, uneven and blotchy skin tone, and an increased risk of infections or wounds that are slow to heal. Poor circulation can be caused by a few factors such as smoking, a lack of exercise, and generally staying in one place for too long, so the best way to improve your blood circulation is to move. Exercise is the obvious answer. It gets blood moving around the body, and has the added bonus of relieving stress.

    Of course, with busy schedules it is not always easy to fit in regular exercise and there are a few simple things you can do to keep your blood moving and to keep those nutrients flowing to your skin cells. Gentle regular massaging of your face – something you can do yourself, at home – improves circulation and can contribute to cell health, and is also great for relaxation. Water also plays an important role in blood circulation and can be a great contributor to healthy and radiant skin so keep up your water intake to maintain hydration. It is also important to be aware that smoking and drinking weaken connective tissue by depleting oxygen and nutrients. This means weakened blood vessels which can create a blotchy, uneven skin tone.

    As always, don’t underestimate the importance of a good, balanced diet. Vitamin C promotes good circulation by strengthening capillary walls and preventing the buildup of plaque. Other foods to boost circulation are ginger, garlic, sunflower seeds, and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and avocado.

    How do I improve blood circulation?

    pHformula’s 365 Signature Resurfacing Treatment is a professional treatment that delivers a dual approach to hydration and resurfacing, improving circulation, evening out skin tone, and leaving the skin smooth and hydrated.

    This unique treatment includes the H.Y.D.R.A gel mask – a refreshing, moisturizing, and calming gel mask that soothes dry, irritated skin and strengthens the skin natural barrier helping to reduce water loss.

    And to get that blood moving again, pHformula’s M.A.S.S.A.G.E cream is designed to lubricate and revitalize your skin on both face and body. Light and non-greasy so it doesn’t clog your pores, it contains rice brain oil and is rich in vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants.

    For those who don’t know, rice bran oil is a well-kept beauty secret. Full of vitamin E and fatty acids, rice bran oil can deeply penetrate the skin’s layers, nourishing from within and making your skin soft, supple and velvety. It hydrates and helps the skin to retain moisture, boosting the natural regeneration process, improving overall complexion, evening out skin tone, and slowing down the signs of ageing including fine lines and wrinkles.

    With the pHformula V.I.T.A. C radiance release system pure L-ascorbic acid powder is dissolved into the pHformula radiance release activator just before application. Maximum vitamin C concentration levels are achieved in a highly absorbable medium. An advanced system, which addresses early signs of cutaneous damage.

    T.D.S. firming is a unique trans dermal solution for superior restructuring, revitalising, firming, lifting and moisturising of delicate problem areas and also aids in blood circulation.

    The skin permeability complex (S.P. Complex) targets two polar mechanisms – penetration and exfoliation.  And is specifically designed to help `open up´ the cellular delivery channels for better penetration of pHformula active solutions and aids in activation of the skin´s regeneration response and blood circulation.

    Good circulation is vital for your skin. Just like the rest of your body, your face depends on circulation to bring oxygen and nutrients and carry away waste. So keep your blood moving from both the inside and out, to ensure radiant, healthy skin.

    Petru van Zyl
    Petru van Zyl

    Petru van Zyl is the founder of pHformula and one of South Africa’s leading skincare therapists with over 18 years of experience to share.

    Petru is also a researcher and author of some of the most acknowledged and influential educational material used and applied in more than 28 countries today.