Niacinamide got hyped recently and all of a sudden it started popping up in almost every skincare product. Is it worth the hype? Let’s get to know more about this ingredient.
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3, an essential nutrient found in food and used as a dietary supplement. It is a water soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visible minimize enlarged pores, improves uneven skin tone and diminish dullness.
Niacinamide reduces the impact of environmental and sun damage because it helps builds skin cells and strengthens the skin barrier.
Food Sources for Vitamin B3:-
Vitamin B3 is found in :-
- Green Veggies
However, it is only found in small traces.
What are the benefits of Niacinamide in skin care :-
- Firstly, niacinamide is suitable for all skin types, including aging and sensitive skin. It is compatible with a lot of your other skincare products including those containing Retinol and Hyaluronic acid.
- Secondly, it helps overall skin health by improving the natural production of skin strengthening ceramides, which help to restore skin moisture.
- It helps build Keratin that keeps your skin firm and smoother. Niacinamide offers anti-aging benefits.
- When combined with Zinc niacinamide reduces inflammation and studies shows it helps to soothe the redness from eczema and acne.
- Niacinamide can help regulate skin’s oil production which can help in the reduced appearance of open pores.
What Niacinamide products you need to look for :-
There are many Niacinamide products out in the market, mostly it comes in serum form. Niacinamide in combination with zinc works really well to treat acne and open pores. It also works well with Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant and it increases the product absorption into the skin.
How to Use Niacinamide in your skincare routine :-
If you’re using a Niacinamide in a serum, apply it after cleanser and toners/essence and before heavy serums and moisturizers. You should use your Niacinamide moisturizer after your lighter serums.
Niacinamide can be paired with Retinol products, however few studies recommend not to use it together with Vitamin C. Personally, I don’t find it an issue, but you can use it at different times.
Side Effects :-
Niacinamide is a stable ingredient so it has little to no side affect. It can be used at high percentage without any irritation to the skin.
The Conclusion :-
Niacinamide can help reduce redness, acne and hyper-pigmentation. The overall texture of your skin is improved. As a result, skin will feel smoother and hydrated. You should see noticeable difference after consistent use of 2-3 months. Suitable for all skin types.
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