Pondering can Retinol be good for you?
Retinol, the active form of Vitamin A, is a yellow fat-soluble, anti oxidant vitamin important in vision and bone growth. It belongs to the family of chemical compounds known as retinoids. Retinol is ingested in a precursor form; animal sources (milk and eggs) contain retinyl esters, whereas plants (carrots, spinach) contain pro-vitamin A carotenoids.
So what does Retinol do for you? Retinol helps to plump skin. This is very effective when it comes to combatting fine lines on the eye area. Retinol also thickens the epidermis. Now, this is valuable for the eye area as the skin around the eyes are twice thinner than the skin on the face. Therefore, it is highly sensitive and has a lesser ability to build collagen to smooth the skin. Retinol also helps to improve texture and blood circulation. As we already know by now, dark eye circles are mostly caused by your capilaries around your eye area. These capillaries sometimes break very easily thus leaking blood around the eye area which results in red, purple or blue rings under your eyes. These are actually your dark eye circles. Therefore, use creams that also has Vitamin K in it as Vitamin K helps to constrict capillaries. Therefore, with retinol, it helps to circulate your blood around the eye area so blood will not be pooled in the eye area so easily. Also, the skin in the eye area are the thinnest thus they are easily damaged by sun. Retinol helps to rebuild damaged cells from harmful UV rays.
Here are some good food sources rich in retinol:
- Sweet Potato
- Kale, boiled
- Turnip Greens
- Spinach, raw
- Red Bell Pepper
- Milk, Fat Free
- Romaine lettuce
- Egg, large
- Milk, whole
- Tomato, raw
- Green Bell Pepper
In addition to that, do invest in a good eye cream that has retinol as an active ingredient in it. My top choice is:
M.D. Forte Skin Rejuvenation Eye Cream
and an amazing eye mask from:
Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask
You can also find more natural remedies for dark eye circles and some good eye cream reviews here.
Labels: Anti-aging Eyes, Beauty Food, Dark Eye Circles, MD Forte, Puffy Eyes, Retinol, Shiseido