A bruise, or contusion, is the result of breakage in the minor capillaries in your skin, muscles or bones. When the capillaries break, blood releases and pools beneath the skin's surface, causing brown or blue spotting on the skin. Some people bruise easier than others do, often noticing contusions when they have not recently suffered any significant impact. If you bruise easily, there are steps you can take to strengthen your body and skin's resistance to this type of injury.
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Things you need
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
Include more vitamin C in your diet. According to Kate Somerville, author of "Complexion Perfection," vitamin C improves your skin's elasticity and decreases bruising. Vitamin C supplements will provide your body with its daily requirements. Additionally, citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits are high in the bruise-preventing vitamin.
Consume more vitamin K. Vitamin K supports the health of your body's circulatory system, helping to prevent bruises and heal existing ones faster, writes Somerville. In addition to supplements, leafy greens such as spinach and kale contain high amounts of vitamin K.
Be mindful of your environment. When you bruise easily, take care not to do anything that might cause a bruise, such as bumping into a table. While this might sound simple, being mindful of your environment takes effort. Watch all of your surroundings as you move about, as even brushing against a wall too roughly can bruise sensitive skin.
Stop smoking. According to Debra Luftman and Eva Ritvo, authors of "The Beauty Prescription," smoking decreases your body's natural immune system and damages its circulation, causing more frequent bruising.
Tips and warnings
- Consult with your physician if you bruise easily to ensure an underlying health issue is not the cause.
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- "Your Skin, Younger: New Science Secrets to Reverse the Effects of AGE"; Alan Logan, Phillip Levy, and Mark Rubin; 2010
- "Complexion Perfection!: Your Ultimate Guide to Beautiful Skin by Hollywoods Leading Skin Health Expert"; Kate Somerville; 2010
- "The Beauty Prescription: The Complete Formula for Looking and Feeling Beautiful"; Debra Luftman and Eva Ritvo; 2008