Check Your Skin's Circulation With This Easy Pinch Test!
Circulation. It is called that because there is a circular pattern to the way your blood flows through your body. And, even though your blood travels along a network of unseen vessels, how that blood flows can have a great impact on what you see in the mirror—as well as your efforts to maintain healthy skin.
Healthy circulation and blood flow boasts numerous balancing and healthy attributes. Circulation earned it's name due to the circular pattern your blood follows and flows through your body. Although your blood is traveling among a network of microscopic vessels, how that blood flows can have a major effect on what you see reflecting back at you in your mirror every day.
To give you a little background; at the core of your circulatory system is your heart. With each beat, your heart is pumping nutrient and oxygen-rich blood from the left side of your heart to your body through an intricate system of blood vessels. These vessels deliver the oxygen and nutrients to the rest of your body, nourishing muscles, organs and tissues so they can function properly.
The longer your blood circulates, the more deoxygenated it becomes, having distributed its oxygen and nutrients throughout your body. It will eventually makes it way back to the right side of the heart, it's then pumped to the lungs where it can be refilled with oxygen before traveling back to the left side of the heart where it will once again be launched back into the body to continue doing its job.
Our skin only receives 1.7% of the blood flow from the heart. So protecting that 1.7% is absolutely vital for maintaining healthy skin.
So how can you tell that your skin is receiving proper oxygen and nutrient enrichment and that you have a healthy circulation? Here is how you can check!
The Pinch Test
Make sure to remove any makeup thoroughly and begin by taking your thumb and forefingers and gently punching the skin in the center of your cheeks on each side. Gently squeeze (not to the point where you experience pain), the skin five times. Wait for a moment and examine your face in the mirror. If no pinkness arises on your skin, it's more than likely your skin is under-circulated. If your skin is a little bit pink, your skin is healthy and is receiving proper circulation. If the result is your cheeks turning a bright, stinging red then it's more likely your skin is over-circulated. Like everything in life, we want our skin to be right in the middle, with healthy and moderate circulation.
If you're seeing your cheeks flare up, or aren't seeing any reaction from your cheeks at all, we have a few tips for improving your under or over-circulation issues.
As we age, it's more and more difficult to keep things balanced within your body which is especially true for skin. Certain skin types, particularly fair skinned and those with Irish, Scandinavian, and Scottish backgrounds are typically more prone to having over-circulated skin.
Over-circulation can appear as redness, inflammation, and flushing to the skin as well as visible capillaries in multiple areas on their face, neck and hands. Excessive circulation causes a constant red and rosy look.
When aiming to calm and relax circulation, it can help to utilize products that contain vasoconstrictors which are used to reduce blood flow and can help keep capillaries strong so that aren't flushing and dilating as often, which causes redness. Other ingredients to look for are tea tree, chamomile, vitamin C, and ectoin. These ingredients help reduce inflammation while repairing dilated capillaries and skin cells. With continued use, you can expect to see calmer, less red or irritated skin.
We also recommend rinsing with lukewarm water to help cleanse in the evenings, as hot war can lead to additional redness. Also consider placing any toners, serums, or moisturizers and masks in a refrigerator, this will increase their cooling benefits to your skin.
Again, with age we tend to slow down through the body, which includes our blood circulation. Without proper and consistent blood flow, it can result in dull, tired, and even easily-clogged skin that lacks a natural glow. This can result in all skin types but is more common among olive skin tones including Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Hispanic complexions.
We suggest trying products that contain vasodilators which increase blood flow and help bring fresh blood through the skin which delivers oxygen and nutrients, brightening the complexions. There are additional ingredients to look out for that help enhance blood flow through the skin such as peppermint, rosemary, ginseng extract, and glycoin.
When applied to your skin in combination, these ingredients work to dilate the blood vessels which allows for your skin to be more receptive to nutrient and oxygen-rich blood. With continued use you can achieve lasting glowing and healthy skin.Things to avoid are alcohol, caffeine products, and cigarettes as they can impair natural circulation.