You might have heard about Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and some of the other more well-known organic compounds. However, there's a lesser known organic compound with incredible benefits worth keeping an eye on: Vitamin K.
Read on to learn more about this unsung essential compound and what it can do for your skin.
What Is Vitamin K?
Originally named Vitamin K after the German word koagulation, it was first discovered in 1929 by Danish-American researchers exploring the effects of cholesterol and blood related conditions in chickens. The discovery was published in a German journal that dubbed the newfound compound Vitamin K. The researchers were later awarded a Nobel Prize in 1943 for their work.
Vitamin K influences a lot of functions in the body. When ingested, it is involved in things such as bone building, collagen formation, and the optimum functioning of our blood, as it produces a protein that balances vascular proliferation and mineralization.
Vitamin K is part of the phytosynthesis process in plants, which is why deep green plants such as leafy greens, cabbage, and broccoli are good sources for the body to naturally absorb this vitamin.
Skin Benefits of Vitamin K
Skin Healing & Reduces Inflammation
When applied topically through skincare, Vitamin K's strong wound healing capabilities makes it a favorite for people with skin in need of some TLC. Research has shown that Vitamin K helps to reduce the development of broken capillaries and improve the body's response to skin damage. In fact, doctors commonly prescribe Vitamin K-rich creams to patients healing from surgery.
Thanks to that blood clot-affecting protein mentioned in the previous section and Vitamin K's ability to improve blood vessel elasticity, Vitamin K also works to reduce the appearance of spider veins, stretch marks, and take down bruising.
As changes in surface level blood vessels are involved in skin conditions such as rosacea, Vitamin K can furthermore have a soothing effect on current flare ups, and help prevent future ones, also thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Reduces Puffiness and Dark Circles
With factors such as aging, stress, diet, etc slowing down circulation, many of us experience an increased puffiness as blood pool in the tiny vessels underneath the skin. This can be especially noticeable in the face and as puffiness and/or dark circles around the eye area.
Vitamin K's ability to preserve proper blood vessel functioning and ensure a healthy flow has been shown in studies to help brighten skin, depuff, and reduce dark circles and pigmentation.
Promotes Cell Regeneration & Boosts Skin Elasticity
Essential in the formation of healthy skin cells, Vitamin K has strong regenerative properties, for an even skin tone and healthy glow. The boosted cell turnover adds to the reasons why people wanting to reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation can benefit from incorporating Vitamin K into their skincare routine.
Research has also shown it to minimize wrinkles, as it increases skin elasticity. Combining this with its involvement in tissue healing, Vitamin K has been shown to help reduce the appearance of acne scars, stretch marks, and other skin imperfections.
How To Use Vitamin K
Vitamin K is biocompatible and works great for all skin types, including people with sensitive skin. There is no negative interaction using Vitamin K with other ingredients. In fact, due to its non-irritating properties, Vitamin K plays really well with other skincare ingredients, for example Vitamin A/Retinol, making it a desirable component of a well-balanced skincare routine.
A favorite among, for example, pregnant women swearing by it to prevent stretch marks and loss of skin elasticity, the Pure Nilotica Melt is an effective way to include Vitamin K (as well as Vitamin A + E, essential omegas, antioxidants, and more) in your skincare routine.
Research has shown that the positive effects of Vitamin K can be further enhanced by teaming it up with other organic compounds. In the LXMI 33 Face Oil the Vitamin K-richness of Nilotica oil is combined with 32 other potent botanical extracts, brimming with the Vitamin K-enhancing organic compounds such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
You get both in the popular Deep Repair Duo bundle for an extra skin-loving deal. Give your skin a treat and help you body reveal your best skin yet.