Getting to know your skincare active ingredients can be a challenge – there always seems to be a new up and coming hero of the moment. So what is the hot topic right now you ask? Niacinamide. Also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinamide, niacinamide is a powerhouse when it comes to multi-tasking and has many benefits for a variety of different skin types. If you aren’t in the know with niacinamide, then read on to see why niacinamide deserves a permanent spot on your skincare shelf.
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is a water-soluble form of vitamin B3, a crucial nutrient for maintaining overall body health, for everything from digestion, brain function and of course skin health. When incorporated into skincare products it becomes a versatile superhero that can benefit almost all skin types or skin concerns.
The Science Behind Niacinamide
Niacinamide works its magic by interacting with the skin's natural processes to boost function, plus it works well with other skincare ingredients making it extremely versatile.
Benefits for your skin
- Barrier Function: Niacinamide enhances the skin's protective barrier function, reducing water loss and preventing environmental damage, making it a perfect addition for skin prone to dehydration. This also helps strengthen your skin's defences against irritants and pollutants, resulting in a plumper, more dewy looking complexion.
- Sebum Regulation: For those dealing with oily skin or mild acne, niacinamide helps regulate sebum production, leading to a more balanced complexion helping to prevent future breakouts and indirectly reducing visible size of pores.
- Reduces Inflammation: Niacinamide’s anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe redness and irritation, making it an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin or rosacea
- Reduces Hyperpigmentation: Niacinamide is one of the most effective off the shelf ingredients to help even out skin tone and fade dark spots, due to its ability to inhibit the production of melanin. It's a natural way to achieve that radiant glow.
- Aids the production of collagen: Niacinamide is required for the synthesis of collagen, combined with benefits of increasing cell turnover and circulation, niacinamide can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How to Incorporate Niacinamide into Your Skincare Routine
To reap the benefits of niacinamide, use it in your routine twice per day, morning and evening. A Serum or Moisturiser with niacinamide will be the most effective as the product has more time to absorb into the skin.
Consistency is key with this ingredient, with consistent use your skin could start to see a transformation within 2-4 weeks.
Don’t wait any longer, try our super star serum, Aurora Glow Serum to experience the benefits of Niacinamide for yourself.