A week ago I wrote a post about concealers I use to cover dark circles (here). Today I’d like to share a tip for reducing or even eliminating dark circles without makeup. This is something I’ve tested myself and know that it works from personal experience! I am a huge health freak. I spend hours reading about natural ways of preventing diseases and it was while reading on this subject that I discovered this method.
You might have heard about using vitamin K to prevent dark circles, either as a food supplement or in skincare products. There are two forms of vitamin K: K1 and K2. K1 can be obtained from many natural food sources. K2 is much more difficult to find. Natto, a Japanese delicacy (if you have ever tried natto you’ll know that delicacy is a term use loosely here) is the best natural source of K2. You can also find it in yellow cheeses, eggs and fermented whole milk products, as well as some meats and fish (e.g. salmon, chicken). Although much more common, K1 is far less effective than K2.
So what does K2 do? Well, it has many beneficial properties. According to recent research published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (here) it lowers the risk of developing cancer. K1 was not found to have the same effect. According to other sources we are all at risk of developing K2 deficiency. K2 helps prevent cardiovascular diseases and helps to maintain healthy bones, brain and skin. It is also a powerful anti-oxidant.
Vitamin K2 can help reduce dark circles as it takes part in the blood clot formation process. Research conducted by Tsuyoshi Mitsuishi and others (here) published in the Journal of cosmetic Dermatology demonstrated that using a gel containing K2 around the eye area helps to reduce dark circles.
I first tried taking K2 vitamin supplements last winter when my dark circles got really bad. I don’t know if it’s the cold or just me being less tanned but in the wintertime my dark circles get really dark. I noticed a significant improvement after about a week or two. After reading more about K2’s impact on lowering the risk of developing cancer I decided to take it regularly.
I can honestly say – K2 helps to minimise dark circles and puffiness. It makes them less visible and easier to cover up. It’s not going to work overnight – it’s not makeup. Vitamins and supplements work over a period of time but the results are more permanent. Give it a week or two and you should see first signs.
There are many different K2 vitamins available both in stores and online. Holland and Barrett have one for £12.99 (30 capsules). I’m currently using the one from Myvitamins. You can find many more on Amazon.
SAFTY NOTE: Although vitamin K2 is not dangerous and it’s difficult to overdose it you still need to be careful and make sure you don’t consume more than your guideline daily amount (GDA). You can find information on online as well as on the back of most K2 vitamin packages. Make sure you read the label. As with everything else you want to use it in a safe way.
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