According to the July 2010 issue of Skin Inc magazine, an abundant nutrient supply will help keep skin cells healthy and vitalized. Your microcirculation is responsible for bringing nutrients to the cells and carrying away waste materials; providing a supply of oxygen and carrying away carbon dioxide. Basically the normal, healthy functioning of the body that happens 24hrs a day for every day of your life.
Not surprisingly, the circulation to the skin cells decreases with age. There are ingestible ingredients that help support microcirculation. These include green tea, kudzu root. lotus leaf, acai berry, grape, mangosteen and blueberry. By supporting nourishment of the skin cells you can help suppress premature aging, wrinkles and weary looking skin.
Topically, vaso-dilators like niacin (Vitamin B3) as well as glycoproteins from yeast will also increase microcirculation in the skin. A ‘red-flush’ after applying a topical product is an indication of the microcirculatory system being stimulated. This kind of ‘active’ ingredient is not ideal for rosacea skin as vaso-dilation is not a desired response for a skin type that is a neuro-vascular disorder.
Always check with your physician before adding new herbs or supplements to your diet. The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions.