Improve blood circulation to improve your appearance

PHOTO: Improve blood circulation to improve your appearance

Want flawless skin? Medication and skin products not working? Do away with the pills and acne creams. As the doctor says - it's all in the blood.

Traditional chinese medicine (TCM) believes that the state of one's health is laid for all to see in one's skin.

Bad skin is the culmination of poor health, more specifically, poor blood circulation. As the vital transport network in the human body, the circulatory system delivers oxygen and nutrients to the trillions of cells in the body, while at the same time, removing metabolic wastes and toxins from them.

As a general rule, the efficacy of these functions degenerate with advancing age. However, modern lifestyle habits can also cause the early and premature onset of this degeneration.

In addition, women are more prone to the phenomenon, bearing the natural burden of menstrual cycles and child birth, with the first signs showing on their skin.

Pale complexion

As the body's largest organ, the skin is most susceptible to the effects of poor dissemination of oxygen to cells. And the most obvious sign is a pale, dull, or even, ashy complexion.

Lack of oxygen and nutrients to skin cells affects the regeneration process. This results in uneven and blotchy skin, pigmentation or dark spots, and skin discolouration.

Acne and problematic skin

Over time, toxins and waste that are not effectively eliminated from the body build up and affect various organs and systems, including the lymphatic system. Stressed lymph nodes excrete toxins through the skin, resulting in acne or other problematic conditions, such as dry, flaky skin, recurring itchiness or rashes.

Slow healing scars

The inefficient transportation of oxygen and nutrients slows the skin's regenerative process, causing scars to heal at a much slower pace.


As a person ages, the epidermal cells become thinner. Good blood circulation sends blood to your skin, keeping pores open to maintain fresh and healthy skin. This helps prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Dark circles and eye bags

Poor blood circulation results in less oxygenated blood, which appears darker, sometimes purplish in colour. Because the skin under the eyes is very thin, darker blood becomes more apparent, resulting in the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.

Eye bags are caused by retention of excess water under the eyes, which can also be improved with circulation.

To achieve flawless skin

Traditional Chinese medicinal prescriptions compose of herbs that treat blood "troubles", and regulate qi and blood to treat poor blood circulation.

Medicated wine or tonic is one of the methods that have been used as a remedy for thousands of years. Its effects include removing chills, improving digestion and immune system, regulating qi, promoting restful sleep, as well as rejuvenating skin.

Get to the bottom of your skin condition by first improving your blood circulation.