Dark circles under the eyes are a major problem to any person who often experiences lack of sleep at nighttime. It is a result of the thinning of the fatty pads above the cheekbones, or the infra orbital fat pad. The thinning of this area results in a sunken appearance, which reflects light, and therefore appears dark.
One good way to hide these so-called eye bags is by using concealer in the yellow or bright-colored range, which can counteract the bluish-grey color of dark circles. However, you can also use Vitamin K to help reduce or even eliminate these dark circles, as a longer-term approach.
Vitamin K helps heal damage to skin and help solve the problem of thin blood vessels appearing in the area under your eyes.
- Find a pharmacy or drugstore. Look for the eye cream or moisturizer aisle.
- Check labels of the various products sold over-the-counter. Check the ingredients for kojic acid, licorice extract and vitamin K. These are all natural remedies that promote skin lightening.
- Find a professional-grade product. These products are often utilized by dermatologists or facial-care professionals when they treat you. Some of these products can also be used at home. One example is Dermal K Clarifying Cream. Check with your dermatologist if she can prescribe the cream to you, and if you can use it at home. Otherwise, it’s usually best to let the professionals apply the medicated cream, to prevent any problems.
- Other brands of products containing vitamin K include Puritan’s Pride Vitamin K Cream, Vita-K Solution, and Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue. These are available from reputable drugstores. You can also purchase these through your dermatologist.
- Scientific studies show that mixing Vitamins A and K is more effective than using just one product alone. You will also need to purchase a cream or product with Vitamin A. Mix one part each, and apply under your eyes every night before you sleep.
- If this fails to cure your dark spots under your eyes, consult with your dermatologist. She may have to prescribe different medications with stronger effects.
Before applying any medicated ointment or cream to your face, be sure to check with your dermatologist. The skin is absorbent, and any medication applied on skin is quickly absorbed by the body. Check first if you might have allergic reactions to Vitamin K or any other product. It’s best to ask for a prescription from your dermatologist, so you know the recommended amount or dosage of a lightening product to apply on your skin.
Aside from Vitamin K-derived products, preventing dark circles under your eyes will involve a healthier lifestyle. Take food rich in vitamin K, such as spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, liver, fish oils, and the like. You will also need to take enough rest. The recommended amount of sleep that a person should get is about six to eight hours per day.
A healthy lifestyle, combined with adequate vitamin K levels (both applied and ingested through food), will help fight those dark circles under your eyes.