SKINCARE | Niacinamide

Niacinamide is a skincare ingredient worthy of your attention and your skin will love you for using it. Among a handful of other amazing skincare ingredients such as Retinol and Vitamin C. Niacinamide is a standout because of its versatility for almost any skincare concern and skin type.

What is Niacinamide?

Also known as Vitamin B3 and Nicotinamide, Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly minimise enlarged pores, tighten lax pores, improves uneven skin tone, soften fine lines and wrinkles, diminish dullness and strengthen a weakened surface.

Niacinamide also reduces the impact of environmental damage because of its ability to improve skins barrier, plus it also plays a role in helping the skin to repair signs of past damage. Left unchecked, this type of daily assault makes skin appear older, dull and less radiant.

Why you should use Niacinamide?

Niacinamide is uniquely compatible with any of the products in your skincare routine, including those that contain Retinol, Peptides, Hyalourinc Acid, AHAs, BHAs, Vitamin C and all types of antioxidants.

You can use multiple Niacinamide-containing products in your routine, and it will still be non-sensitising as this ingenious Vitamin B is well tolerated by all skin types. Its even suitable for use by those with sensitive or compromised barrier.

What does Niacinamide do you for skin?

Other benefits of Niacinamide or Vitamin B3 for skin are it helps renew and restore the surface of skin against moisture loss and dehydration by helping skin improve its natural production of skin -strenghtening ceramics. When ceramics became depleted over time, skin is left vulnerable to all sorts of problems, from persistent patches of dry, flaky skin to increasinling becoming extra-sensitive.

Niacinamide has been shown to boost the hydrating ability of moisturisers so the skins surface can better resist the moisture loss that leads to recurrent dry, tight, flakey skin. Niccinamde works brilliantly with common moisturising ingredients like Glycerin, Cholesterol, Sodium PCA and Sodium Hyaluronate.

It seems that Niacinamide has a normalising ability on the pore lining, and this influence plays a role in keeping debris from getting backed up, which leads to clogs and rough, bumpy skin. As the clog forms and worsens, the pores stretch to compensate, and what you’ll see is enlarged pores. By helping things get back to normal, Niacinamide use pores to return to their normal size. Higher concentrations of Niacinamide can help visibly tighten pores by shoring up skin’s supportive elements.

A concentration of 2% (or more) is highly effective to help red blemishes fade more quickly (the redness left after spots). This means products containing Niacinamide are a good choice for those with acne-prone skin.

Niacinamide helps discolourations and uneven skin tone. Both of these concerns stem from excess melanin (skin pigment) showing on skins surface. Niacinamide in concentrations of 5% and greater works via several pathways, to keep new discolorations from appearing. At the same time, it also helps breaks up existing discolouration so your skin tone looks more even. Niacinamide works well with Vitamin C, Liquorice, Retinol and Bakuchoil.

How to use Niacinamide?

Using Niacinamide is as easy as finding great skincare products that contain it along with other beneficial ingredients like antioxidants, skin-restoring agents and other skin-replenishing ingredients.

This multi-ingredient appraoch to skincare is important because despite the benefits of Niacinamide being impressive, its not the only ingredient your skin needs to look and feel its best. For best results, use leave on Niacinamide products and apply them to cleansed skin twice daily. That may mean applying a toner or booster with Niacinamide to rehydrate and replenish skin.

Niacinamide containing products can also be used around the eyes. Some might find applying a moisturiser or eye cream with Niacinamide helps improve the look of under eye circles, helps soften the appearance of crow’s feet, not to mention enables this delicate area to retain skin-smoothing moisture and resist loss of firmness.

How long does Niacinamide take to work?

As a rule you should start to see results after 2-4 weeks of twice daily usage, this does depend on the severity of your skin concerns and how concentrated your Niacinamide product is. Ongoing use is required for continued improvement.

Results will continue to improve our time but do not expect your skin to be completely ‘poreless’ – that isn’t possible for any skincare product, not to mention, your skin needs its pores for many vital functions. What you can expect is pores that look smaller, skin tone that looks more even, visibly reduced fine lines and wrinkles, and overall healthier glow.

There is no reason to wait to add Niacinamide to your skincare routine. This wonderfully versatile Vitamin B brings many benefits to improve skins appearance, so it appears more even, brighter and younger. As with any great skincare ingredients, it is important to be diligent about protecting skin daily with a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher. This allows you to get maximum benefit from Niacinamide and other skin savers.

Much love, Alice xx

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