Niacinamide - Are you using it yet?
I'm currently trying to stretch the last few drops of my Niacinamide by The Ordinary while I wait for my replacement bottle (which is now in a larger size! Woohoo!). It's the product I recommend the most, everyone's skin can benefit from introducing it into their skincare routine. Which is why I'm making it as one of my Beauty Heros. My beauty heroes are usually a specific product and I'll be honest I haven't tried any other Niacinamide products but I'm sure they are just as good The Ordinary's version. You know me, I'm biased, I love The Ordinary.
Read on for why Niacinamide makes it as a beauty hero!
So first off
What is it?
Niacinamide, which is also called nicotinamide is one of two major forms of vitamin B3. It helps in the manufacture of enzymes that release cellular energy and break down fats more efficiently. Your digestive system, nervous system and brain function all depend upon adequate levels of niacinamide.
But how does Niacinamide help your skin?
Without getting too scientific, it's essential for the chemical reactions your cells, including skin cells, need to repair damage and function normally. Which is helpful for a whole range of skin problems.
Niacinamide for acne
Excess oil in the skin is the main cause of acne. Niacinamide helps reduce sebum production without drying out the skin as many acne products do. It also reduces the amount of inflammation in the skin (more on that later). This all works together to help reduce the amount and severity of acne. Now it's not a cure for severe acne, that takes stronger products but it will make a big difference if you have combination skin and suffer from breakouts. Especially those monthly ones around your chin! I notice a big increase in congestion on my t- zone when I don't use it.
Niacinamide for hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation arises as a result of enhanced production and uneven distribution of melanin, the predominant pigment of the skin. Ignoring uneven skin tone and unwanted pigmentation can add years to one’s age. Niacinamide works to block the accumulation of melanin in the skin’s surface helping to prevent skin darkening. It' s so effective that it is even used to treat melasma!
Niacinamide for wrinkles.
Niacinamide has been shown to increase protein synthesis, boost collagen and elastin production, enhances ceramide production and on ageing skin helps improve skin’s surface and texture whilst helping to smooth out wrinkles. Phew, that’s a lot!
Niacinamide for redness and sensitive skin.
Using it daily helps improve skin structure which in turn prevents redness, blotchiness and skin sensitivity. This is because niacinamide improves the skin’s ability to protect itself from external aggressions.
Who should use this all-round amazing skincare ingredient?
Eh, everyone! All skin types and ages would benefit from introducing this wonder ingredient into their skincare regime. The only decision to make is what product to use.
Another great thing about Niacinamide, it's not expensive! Most single-ingredient Ninaciamide products only cost about 10$. As I've said my favourite is The Ordinary but other options include;
My favourite! And one of my The Ordinary products I can't live without! (no I'm not being dramatic...) I have gone through so many bottles of this! You can read my review here
They have also just released a larger 60ml bottle, which at 10.60 is amazing value! Honestly, I would pay triple the price for this!
I've used a lot of The Inkey List products and have been really impressed by the quality of the products. Their version includes Hyaluronic acid so it's a great pick for more dehydrated yet oily types. It's also worth noting that it dose not include Zinc, which some users prefer if they have a sensitivity to Zinc.
Fans of Paulas Choice Skincare rave about this booster serum. I haven't tried it myself and from the description it sounds very similar to The Ordinary. It would be interesting to do a side by side comparison.
Similar to The Ordinary Good Molecules, in that they believe in skincare at a fair price but they are a bit easier to understand - not as many scientific words being thrown around. The brand hasn't been around for too longer, it's also only available on beautylish.com but it's been getting a lot fans! They have recently released a niacinamide toner, which I would be interested in trying.
Available at beautylish.com
How to use and what use with it.
Niacinamide is usually applied as a thin serum. Which can be your first or second serum after cleansing. It gets along with most products and shouldn't cause any sensitivity. The only product you need to be careful of is a strong Vitamin C, as this can stop the effects of Niacinamide.
Let me know if you have any questions! And I hope you try this amazing serum soon!
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