What Is Vitamin K
Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin nutrient, which means vitamin K can be penetrated effectively through fats and oils in the body. It is a vitamin that is crucial in helping different proteins generally function within the body. One of them is the coagulation factors that stop bleeding.
Vitamin K1 occurs in natural products like cucumbers, green leafy vegetables, olive oil, and Prickly Pear seed oil. Vitamin K2 can be found in cheese, butter, and egg yolk.
Benefits of Vitamin K for Skin
While vitamin K is known to have many systemic benefits, the mechanism by which types of vitamin k works in the skin is not yet clear. Different studies are still researching their topical benefits, and they have stressed that further research is needed to conclude.
Nevertheless, here are some research found about the benefits of vitamin k:
- Expedites Wound Healing
The skin is easy gets injured compare to other parts of the body. When your skin is injured, vitamin K can greatly assist your process of healing. With vitamin K's ability to reduce deep bruising, researchers investigated its potential to heal wounds. A study discovered that topical application of vitamin K aids wound healing significantly.
- Help Reduces Visible Signs Of Skin Aging
Wrinkles and fine lines often occur as a result of insufficient collagen and elastin production in the body. Collagen and elastin production is vital to skin elasticity. If your body lacks them, your skin loses the ability to stretch or perform elasticity, and that automatically results in fine lines and wrinkles.
It also protects the collagen in the body. When you maintain healthy collagen, your skin becomes youthful, smooth, and lumpy. A study revealed that vitamin K has anti-aging benefits. Researchers have observed the aging process in Japanese women who frequently eat macroalgae (seaweed) filled with vitamin K and Caucasian women in the same age bracket who don't take them.
- May Addresses Dark Circles Under The Eyes
Many skincare products advocate vitamin K in eye creams that can make the under-eye look brighter. This claim should be due to vitamin effects on blood clotting and how it affects blood pools in the tiny vessel below the eye.
Also, a study used vitamin K1 to test results on how dark circles look can be improved. During this test, some improvements were discovered. However, the testing formula had other ingredients added as well.
How to Use It
As the general use, you can use it once or twice every day, because they are mostly found in eye creams. If you want the best result, look for it in formulas included with other brightening ingredients such as caffeine, or maybe retinol. Prickly Pear is one of those natural ingredients, it does not only contain vitamin K but also have so many other skin-loving antioxidants and nutrients. If you want to know more skin care benefits of prickly pear seed oil, check our previous blog post.
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