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Vitamin K: The All-Important, Yet Seriously Underrated Vitamin

June 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Why is it that Vitamins A, C, and D seem to get all the attention? Vitamin K is like the red-headed stepchild of vitamins. It’s an extremely important nutrient despite being often overlooked. To get your days’ worth, feel free to load up on celery (a vita K booster). While you’re at it, consider a topical cream. The vitamin, after all, is also highly touted for its dermal benefits. 

What Vitamin K does for the skin

People unable to metabolize vitamin K typically end up with premature wrinkly skin. It’s believed that vitamin K, and K2 specifically, is vital for activating a protein known as y-carboxyglutamic acid. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know how to pronounce it. You just need to know that it prevents excess calcium from depositing on the skin. Too much calcium causes calcification of the dermis’s elastin. When the elastin fibers harden, they lose their springiness, thereby paving the way for wrinkles. 

Still skeptical? Well then, here’s scientific proof that suggests vitamin K may help damaged skin recover. In a 2004 study, subjects who undergone pulsed dye laser treatment were given a vitamin K cream on one side of their face and a placebo on the other. The side of the face that got the vitamin K cream recovered more quickly than the side that got the placebo.

Vitamin K eliminates dark under-eye circles

Those dark circles that appear under your eyes are the hallmark of a fatigued and sleepless individual, sure, but that’s not the whole story. All too often, dark eye circles may be an inherited trait or something that occurs as you age. Rubbing your eyes can encourage them to form, as can taking certain kinds of medications.

Regardless of the cause, those dreaded dark areas happen as the naturally thinner areas of skin below your eyes begin to show the blood vessels and blood below the surface. 

Vitamin K to the rescue! As a topical agent is known to increase capillary strength and improve blood circulation under the eyes, vitamin K helps diminish the appearance of dark circles under your eyes. The vitamin also has a whitening effect when you apply it, making it perfect for minimizing discoloration below the eyes. 

It’s for this reason that vitamin K is a key ingredient in our Eye Zone mask. Aside from targeting dark circles, the vitamin also minimizes wrinkles by promoting skin elasticity. With a few applications of the Eye Zone mask, you can see some relief from dark circles and wrinkles. And that’s something worth putting vitamin K into the top-rated vitamin category, for certain.

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