Dark circles under the eyes are clearly unwelcome, making us appear much older than we actually are. Those dreaded raccoon eyes are caused by a host of factors, however, vitamin K has emerged as an effective treatment by restoring skin glow, enhancing blood supply and having anti-inflammatory properties.
Tips on How to Take Vitamin K for Dark Circles
Boost Intake of Vitamin K & Antioxidants
Vitamin K helps in the functioning of blood coagulating proteins and a specific Gas6 protein which controls cellular development as well as proliferation. Antioxidants help in detoxification, averting clogging in blood vessels and facilitating blood supply throughout the body for conveying oxygen as well as nutrient matter to cellular structures, inclusive of the eyes. They additionally promote healing any cellular harm and have reparative properties.
Foods High in Vitamin K & Antioxidants
Leafy greens are the most potent source of vitamin K like broccoli, spinach, parsley, Brussels sprouts, kale, mustard and turnip greens, lettuce. Veggies like lady’s finger, cauliflower, carrot, french beans, cabbages are other examples. Deep purple and reddish grapes, kiwis, blueberry, strawberry, blackberry are laden with antioxidants and vitamin K. Consuming this foods on a regular basis could help in lightening dark circles.
Supplemental Intake of Vitamin K & Antioxidants
The antioxidant properties along with elevated amounts of linoleic acid present in grape seed aid in reducing dark circles. Suggested dose is twenty-five to 150 milligrams of grape seed in either pill, capsular or fluid extract forms, once to thrice everyday. Pycnogenol as a nutritional supplement has potent bioflavanoid antioxidant and is a good adjunct to have along with vitamin K for dark circles.
It is advisable to have vitamin K in supplemental form or as a constituent in your multivitamin pill. Adult women are advised sixty-five milligrams while men are suggested eighty milligrams of this vitamin everyday to lessen general discoloring of skin.
Topical Vitamin K
Researching every ingredient of the vitamin K cream prior to buying it is important for ensuring that it works by strengthening the capillaries under the eyes so that the fine skin thickens thus reducing the appearance of dark circles.
Invest in a cream or gel containing no less than five percent of vitamin K in it. Incorporate topical vitamin K therapies that have effectual antioxidants like carrot, Vitamin C Ester, Milk as well as ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid) for accelerating the reduction of dark circles. Vitamin C aids in improving radiance while the milk peptide complex helps in deep hydration and promotes optimal health of capillaries. Carrot is rich in B-carotene and vitamin A which aids in concealing dark circles whilst rectifying them.
The presence of caffeine in your vitamin K cream can help stimulate the detoxification process and restrict adipose depositions and milia forming in eye tissues. Caffeine extract derived from teas are antioxidant-rich and increase the potency of the vitamin K cream by reducing bagginess and darkish circles underneath the eyes by lessening inflammation.
Look out for vitamin K cream having Retin-A which is a retinoid (derivative of vitamin A) that promotes pore unclogging, improves collagen for ironing out fine lines and accelerates cellular turnover.
Vita-K Solution by Woodridge Labs that has mica along with vitamin K is highly recommended by Fitness Magazine for lightening under-eye dark circles.
A trial appearing in the ‘Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology’ showed that topically applying vitamin K (two percent) in combination with lesser quantities of vitamins E, C and A assisted in diminishing aging-related dark circles under the eyes.
Bearberries, green apples and lemons are other co-ingredients whose presence in your vitamin K product can further help in lightening dark circles.
Manner of Application
Twice a day application of the chosen vitamin K cream, once at dawn after a bath and prior to bedtime at night is recommended. Ensure washing the facial area with some mild face wash and tepid water prior to application for opening the fine pores and facilitating optimal intake of the curative cream. Take a little quantity of the cream on your finger tips and rub it gently underneath the eyes in the dark circle and blend it over.
Light massaging of the area can be done after dabbing on the cream liberally and evenly around the eyes. It is imperative to maintain the practice even after the dark circles have faded away to prevent their recurrence and maintaining optimal health of the skin around your eyes. Patience is the key and outcomes differ in each case based on how severe your dark circles are, pH level of skin and type.