Whilst this is not a new ingredient on the beauty scene, Niacinamide is fast becoming a staple ingredient in skincare, with consumers continuing to educate themselves on the ingredient and its properties.
Google Trends shares that searches for ‘how to use niacinamide’ have increased by 100% in the last 12 months in the UK alone – proving this ingredient is still on the rise.
Italian, digital beauty brand, SkinLabo have shared their ultimate guide to Niacinamide.
What Is it?
– Niacinamide is one part of the vitamin B3 molecule (the other being Niacin)
– This molecule is naturally occurring and can be found in foods such as fish, meat, beans and grains
What Does It Do?
– This active ingredient encourages the production of ceramides within the skin (a component of the skin’s barrier)
– Can suppress the skin’s inflammatory response, resulting in a calming of red/sore imperfections
– Blocks the transfer of melanin pigments into skin cells, helping slow down the process that results in pigmentation
– Can speed up cellular turnover and collagen production
How To Use it?
– Using a Niacinamide serum before applying your moisturiser allows for it to successfully get to work on the skin, nourishing it
– Niacinamide is an ingredient that can be applied morning and evening
– When using Niacinamide products, you can layer products to enrich the skin and see optimum results
What To Mix With it?
– Despite many rumours and arguments, Niacinamide and Vitamin C can be used together, topically
– Retinol is another ingredient that can be successfully paired
– With Niacinamide being gentle on the skin, the hydrating properties can reduce the drying effects of Retinol
– Another is Hyaluronic Acid as both are super hydrating