Cutaneous microcirculation is responsible for thermoregulatory exchange, excretion of several substances such as water and minerals, and protection against external stressors such as heat and cold. Skin microcirculation plays a significant role in human body homeostasis (homeostasis refers to the ability of an organism to maintain the internal environment of the body within limits that allow it to survive) as well as in several diseases that may affect the whole organism, including cancer, allergic reaction, dermatosis, and dermatitis. Two vascular plexuses compose the skin microvasculature: subdermal and dermic.
It is composed of a branching network of vessels classified as arterioles, capillaries, and venules. These vessels distribute blood to the body’s tissues and are the site where the exchange of heat, solutes, and inflammatory cells occurs between blood and tissue. Arterioles contribute to total peripheral resistance and the regulation of blood pressure; control the distribution of blood to and within the body’s organs and tissues; and, through control of local blood flow and pressure, impact the exchange functions of downstream segments of the microcirculation. Capillaries and post-capillary venules are the major sites of the exchange of materials and cells between blood and cells in tissues.
Functions of The Skins Microcirculation
In addition to delivering nutrients and removing waste products essential for moment to moment function, the microcirculation plays an essential role in:
- The fluid exchange between blood and tissue,
- Delivery of hormones from endocrine glands to target organs,
- Bulk delivery between organs for storage or synthesis,
- Providing a line of defense against pathogens.
I am a fully qualified Remedial Therapist and one of the many treatments I offered in my clinic was Lymphatic Drainage. I do not practice anymore professionally however I do on my own skin and body! When your lymphatic system is functioning well, you will notice clearer skin. When the lymphatic system does not drain fluids from the tissues properly, the tissues swell, appearing puffy and uncomfortable.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.
Unlike blood, which flows throughout the body in a continuous loop, lymph flows in only one direction, upward toward the neck. Lymphatic vessels connect to two subclavian veins, which are located on either side of the neck near the collarbones, and the fluid re-enters the circulatory system.
I formulate form the ethos of both supporting and promoting skin health, and a key part of this involves boosting the microcirculation of the skin. Six plants I have incorporated into Cell Affinity Coactive Serum | TANU which help to boost Microcirculation and lymphatic flow are:
CALENDULA / Known to increase microcirculation and oxygen to the skin to speed healing and repair. Antioxidants vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene and Vitamin E assist with skin healing, promoting cell regeneration and collagen production. Beta-carotene, which in high doses has been shown to help with photoprotective activity and defend against free radicals that attack both collagen and elastin.
CHAMOMILE / Penetrates deeply to move the lymph, support rapid healing, and strengthen the skin tissue. German chamomile promotes microcirculation.Rich in phenolic compounds, chamomile is also a powerful antioxidant.
GOTU KOLA / Rich in Phenolic compounds which aid in the reduction of inflammation in blood microvessels, which they strengthen while improving microcirculation.
ANGELICA ROOT / Stimulate and enhances blood circulation, by opening the circulation to the periphery and brings blood to the surface, boost lymphatic drainage. Please note I do not use the steam distilled essential oil of Angelica rather the root as part as my proprietary infusion.
TURMERIC ROOT / Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine have utilized turmeric since ancient times to open blood vessels and improve blood circulation. Curcumin a compound found in turmeric has been used topically to study its effect mostly on inflammation and wound healing. The compounds found within the root works synergistically providing anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant support.
ROSEMARY / This herb was recognized in ancient times for its medicinal properties, including its potential to boost the immune and circulatory system. The main constituent of Rosemary Antioxidant is Carnosic Acid, which demonstrates antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and tonic activities.
These botanicals have been specifically selected for their ability to naturally encourage healthy blood and lymphatic flow in both the underlying facia and skin resulting in quite literally glowing skin. A Small batch of Cell Affinity Coactive Serum | TANU in both 5ml and 30ml is available now.
Until next time,
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Endothelial Function in Skin Microcirculation - Cristina Pires Camargo, Rolf Gemperli, in Endothelium and Cardiovascular Diseases,2018
Overview of the Microcirculation - Paul C Johnson, in Microcirculation, 2008.