Those who suffer from lines and dark circles under the eyes no longer need to search for the right combination of ingredients in the perfect eye cream. There are three main ingredients to look for in this type of eye cream: retinol, Vitamin K and Vitamin C. Each of these ingredients adds a different mechanism of action to the effectiveness of a good eye cream that can help alleviate the anti-aging process.
The first ingredient, Retinol, is used mainly as an anti-wrinkle agent in many of today’s cosmetic creams and lotions. It can greatly reduce the fine lines and wrinkles that appear around the eyes with age. Retinol, however, is also a powerful agent in the lessening of dark shadows under the eyes. This ingredient is actually a biological form of Vitamin A. This important main ingredient in effective eye creams will even out the skin’s complexion, making the area appear more luminous. Retinol can penetrate the outermost layers of the skin’s surface, getting underneath to plump up collagen and brighten the dermal layer. It works as an antioxidant and gives support to the skin’s cells, promoting new growth and giving the cells more stability. It is an efficient and effective wrinkle reducer, fine line eraser and pigmentation stabilizer. With its ability to work on renewal of skin cells, Retinol is one of the most common ingredients used in wrinkle reducing eye creams.
Vitamin K, also known as Phytonadione, can enhance collagen development in the skin, thus plumping up the area under the eyes (which can thin out with age) and decreasing dark circles.
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, also aids in bucking up the walls of these blood vessels. An added benefit of Vitamin C for dark circles and lines under the eyes are an increase in collagen or plumping of the under-eye area. Vitamin C can defuse free radicals and counterbalance the negative effects of exposure to UV rays. A lightening of the skin is also provided with the use of Vitamin C as an ingredient in your eye cream.