Vitamin K is a less well known yet very powerful vitamin that has only begun to gain traction in the last 12 months. It is naturally occurring in many foods, most commonly green vegetables. This guide to vitamin K should help you to understand vitamin K’s function and how it can be beneficial to your eye creams.
Why is Vitamin K so special?
Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin that is an essential part of the clotting system. This is important to prevent blood loss when we get cut. Although vitamin K deficiency is rare, people who have this will tend to bleed easy from the gums and nose and bleed for longer periods of time from small cuts or even blood draws or immunisations, reminiscent of someone who has haemophilia.
Because it is fat soluble, it is readily absorbed through the skin. This is beneficial because it aids in healing bruises¹, decrease redness and veining. It helps to strengthen and repair capillaries that are broken, improves the health and function of our blood vessels which will prevent coagulated blood from becoming trapped, treats spider veins many of which occur around the nose and generally on the face.
It is also an important factor in bone health². Vitamin K plays a vital role in calcium uptake in bones. Researchers have found that people with high levels of vitamin K have greater bone density. Higher bone density leads to a reduction in the risk of osteoporosis.
How Vitamin K Helps As An Eye Cream
Many eye creams are glorified moisturisers in a ergonomically designed dispenser. Standard moisturiser can perform well to help with dry skin, puffiness and redness but vitamin K benefits all of these and more.
As we age, spider like veins around our eyes become more prominent. This is because as we grow older, the linings of our blood vessels start to weaken and sag, the valves in them are no longer at tight as they should be. Because vitamin K aids in maintaining blood vessel function³ and health along with keeping our valves running properly, it helps reduce this “veining”.
Also, when the linings and valves are weaker, they tend to leak blood, which can you those dark, bruise appearing circles around your eyes. Vitamin K helps to clot the blood, so that it doesn’t pool and become visible. This means that your eyes will have a more youthful appearance.
Another helpful thing is that when you have bruises that appear anywhere, you can treat it with a vitamin K cream to help speed up the healing process. Because vitamin K is an essential part of the blood clotting process, it helps to clot stop the bleeding, which means that it takes less time for the bruise to heal, returning our skin to its natural and normal state.
Although vitamin K is readily absorbed into the skin, it takes time for eye creams that contain it to work. It is not a “quick” fix, but rather a long term fix that will remain longer than those creams that promise a quick reduction. This means with regular use, you can keep those eyes looking beautiful and younger than their years.
This nice thing about using eye creams with vitamin K, is that it is much less expensive than costly cosmetic procedures. You don’t have to follow a special diet, worry about scars, reactions to anaesthetics, recovery time and all the other things that come with having a surgical procedure.
How often should you apply it?
Twice a day, once in the morning and evening.
Vitamin K is an essential nutrient to maintain our blood vessel health and to increase bone strength and density. Found in many foods naturally, it can assist us to heal our bruises, repair and strengthen the capillaries, as well as reduce the appearance of spider-like veins around our eyes, nose and face. When it comes to our eyes, using an eye cream that contains vitamin K will help reduce the redness of the veins that are there, decrease the appearance of dark, bruise like circles, which will give your eyes an overall general appearance of being healthy and young. A regular regime that includes a vitamin K eye cream could be just what the doctor ordered.
¹ Effects of Topical Vitamin K, Vitamin K and Retinol, and Arnica on Post-Laser Bruising http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00363038
² Bone Health and Osteoporosis: The Role of Vitamin K and Potential Antagonism by Anticoagulants. Clin Pract October 2007 vol. 22 no. 5 517-544
³ Vitamin K Status and Vascular Calcification: Evidence from Observational and Clinical Studies. Adv Nutr March 2012 Adv Nutr vol. 3: 158-165, 2012