What is Niacinamide, and why you need it in your beauty arsenal NOW
It has been said that Vitamin B3 (also known as niacinamide) is a true dark horse when it comes to turbo-charged brightening benefits. Niacinamide (which is also called nicotinamide, just to confuse things) is one of two major forms of vitamin B3 found in many supplements and of late, skincare. It’s often touted to help manage acne, rosacea, pigmentation issues, and wrinkles. Also a veritable powerhouse ingredient for brightening and hydration, it tends to get overlooked in favour of its more famous cousin, Vitamin C, but has impressive skills of its own.
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Niacinamide has been shown to prevent the transfer of pigment within the skin, which can help reduce brown spots. Less redness (thanks to vitamin B3's anti-inflammatory properties), preserved hydration, a strengthened skin barrier, and the improved synthesis of healthy fats (key for glowing skin) are other benefits that make Vitamin B3 a no-brainer when it comes to your regime.
Niacinamide is an essential water-soluble vitamin that is not synthesised in the body, meaning we have to eat it to receive its benefits. Additionally, the vitamin has been incorporated into skincare products as our bodies don't produce it on their own. Therefore, if we want to reap the brightening benefits of B3, it needs to be ingested via supplement or applied topically to the skin.
Adding topical niacinamide to your skin-care routine is simple and low risk: Buy a product that contains it, and apply as directed. Some people experience some mild irritation, which will likely go away with repeated use. Most major studies used topical preparations containing 2 per cent to 10 per cent niacinamide, so look for a product in that range if you can.
You can use multiple niacinamide-containing products in your routine, and it will still be non-sensitising as this ingenious B vitamin is well tolerated by all skin types. It’s even suitable for use by those with sensitive or rosacea-prone skin, both of whom benefit hugely from this little rockstar ingredient. Niacinamide works brilliantly with common moisturiser ingredients like glycerin, non-fragrant plant oils, cholesterol, sodium PCA, and sodium hyaluronate.
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A cream designed to soothe and repair the skin’s protective barrier with a combination of four per cent niacinamide and 30 per cent glycerin.
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This serum helps to control excess oil and blemishes on the skin, as well as reduce the appearance of redness.
Have you tried any skincare products containing niacinamide that you’d like to recommend?