Dark circles under the eyes are unsightly. These are caused by skin pigmentation, stress, sun damage, heredity, and weakening of capillaries. There’s really no way to get rid of them, other than to use a concealer, use laser treatment or to apply an eye cream product that has vitamin K in it.
Vitamin K or Phythanadione is a component found in green leafy vegetables. It lightens discoloration and reduces the appearance of veins. It strengthens the capillary walls around the eye area. There are so many brands to choose from. Here’s a guide to help you choose a vitamin K based eye cream to treat dark circles.
- Decide if you want to target or do a broad spectrum approach. There are numerous beauty products available in drugstores and cosmetic counters today. When choosing an eye cream, decide if you want to just work on one specific problem area, such as dark circles. However, if you have other concerns such as sagging eye bags and fine lines, you may choose products that multi task.
- The active ingredient in your eye cream should be at least 3-5 percent vitamin K to be effective. Read the label or check the product insert.
- Know the active ingredients. Look for products that have retinol, which is a derivative of vitamin A and has been proven as a wonder ingredient against aging. Studies show the combination of Retinol and vitamin K is more effective that vitamin K alone. Also choose brands that have anti oxidants such as vitamins C and E. Your active ingredients should be high on the list to have a higher concentration.
- Look for light diffusers, which conceal the dark circles by brightening the skin area around the eye. Ingredients such as licorice, grapeseed and lemon are some examples.
- Don’t forget sun protection. Eye creams are formulated for day or night use. Find a product that contains sunscreen if you will use in the daytime to prevent further sun damage.
- Get a product that also moisturizes the skin around the eye area. Dry skin will aggravate the appearance of fine lines, eye bags and dark circles. Moisturizers include aloe, milk, glycerine and sunflower oil. Moisturize with a cream specific for eye use. A facial moisturizer may be too harsh for the delicate eye area.
- Research on the different brands available. There are many side by side comparisons of different brands in beauty magazines and online sites. Aside from rating their efficacy, their ingredients are compared and their price.
- Stay away from allergens. Choose the products with the most natural ingredients possible such as milk, chamomile extracts, aloe and citrus bioflavanoids. Avoid ingredients that clog pores such as parabens, mineral oils and laureth sulfates. Your eye cream should be hypoallergenic.
- Consult your dermatologist. If over the counter products don’t help you, talk to your dermatologist. He may prescribe you something stronger.
Know what ingredients to look for when buying your eye cream. With proper daily use, you should see improvement in 4 to 6 weeks.