By now, we have all added vitamins A, C, and E to our skincare routine. There are a lot of vitamins out there that can be helpful when it comes to beauty. Vitamin K is one of them.
Lately, we have heard that vitamin K claims to be a great ally for reducing dark circles, which we all hate. While Vitamin K plays an important part in a lot of bodily functions, its use in cosmetics is not so popular, but if it does what it claims, it will probably be the next favorite.
What can it potentially do?
Promote wound healing: Vitamin K may do this by increasing wound contraction and helping in the formation of collagen and blood vessels.
Antioxidant: some experts say that vitamin K has “redox properties,” which refers to the skin’s ability to detoxify reactive oxygen that forms when exposed to UV and pollution.
It helps fade under-eye dark circles: vitamin K is found, in cosmetics, mostly in eye products. If you read the ingredients of eye creams that claim to clarify and brighten the under-eye area, you are probably going to find vitamin K listed. Theoretically, vitamin K helps reduce dark circles because of the effects it has on the blood clotting process. However, experts have split opinions on this.
What do experts say?
Vitamin K is well known for all the benefits it brings to our body at a systemic level. Despite all claims, it is still unclear what the mechanism by which it works on the skin is.
Y. Claire Chang, MD, board-certified dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City, says that there have been many different studies researching the topical benefits of vitamin K, though none of them offered conclusive takeaways. So, we will have to wait to see what science says, but if these abilities are proven, get ready for the K-Craze!