Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Vitamin K

Chemical structure of phylloquinone (Vitamin K).Image via Wikipedia

Vitamin K

WHAT:

  • Reduces bruising
  • Dark under-eye circles
  • Heal the skin.

HOW:

  • Topical vitamin K slightly reduces the amount of time it takes some patients' bruising to heal. This is possibly due to vitamin K's ability to break down hemosiderin, a brownish pigment derived from hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of blood.
  • Medicated creams containing Vitamin K analogues, like Kinerase, dissolve hemosiderin—a pigment that leads to dark under-eye circles
  • Sometimes fragile capillaries leak blood into the skin and lead to formation of hemosiderin. Vitamin K may control this seepage by controlling blood clotting.

EFFECTS & SIDE_EFFECTS:

  • There are no known side effects associated with the use of vitamin K, though some dermatologists warn that its benefits have not been thoroughly tested, so results may vary.
  • Daily use of a K cream significantly lightened circles after 4 months in one study, but because the cream also contained retinol, researchers aren’t sure which ingredient deserves credit for the improvement. Retinol alone thickens the translucent under-eye skin (making it harder to see the dark blood vessels below) and lightens melanin that makes circles more prominent. Still, it can’t hurt to try a cream that contains Vitamin K and retinol; the retinol may enhance K’s ability to penetrate skin and knock out darkness.

PRODUCTS TO TRY:

  • In India it is used in an injectable form to prevent clotting of blood in dermatological procedures. There are practically no cosmetic products that contain Vitamin K. However, in the West it is a common ingredient in eye creams.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue ($100; [roughly Rs. 5000!!!]at sephora.com) harnesses the power of K to visibly brighten the appearance of dark circles, and includes the antioxidants green tea and vitamin C; and
  • Quintessence Skin Science Clarifying Under-Eye Serum ($67; clickpharmacy.com), which contains both vitamin K and retinol, as well as green tea and vitamins C and E.

DIY Tip:

  • Vitamin K is normally produced by bacteria in the Large Intestine, and dietary deficiency is extremely rare unless the intestines are heavily damaged, are unable to absorb the molecule, or due to decreased production by normal flora, as seen in broad spectrum antibiotic use. So popping vitamin pills is not going to help here. What yo

    CDC edamameImage via Wikipedia

    u need is on-site, topical application.
  • Vitamin K is found chiefly in leafy green vegetables; some fruits such as avocado and kiwifruit ; vegetable oils, notably soybean. Vitamin K has increased solubility in butter/oil.
  • You can apply Avocado or soyabean oil under the eyes till our brands catch up or else ask someone coming from abroad to get you once of these creams.



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2 comments:

  1. Maybe shld hav tried ur hand in chem as well??!!HA HA.
    good job,u get an 'A'

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