Updated: Jul 1, 2022
All kinds of serums have been flooding our media recently, one inparticular is Niacinamide, so what is it? why is it so popular? and why should you be implementing this into your skincare routine?
What is it?
In short, niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 - which is an essential nutrient that we get from our diets and supplements, it can be taken orally for preventing vitamin B3 deficiency and other conditions such as Alzheimer's, depression, diabetes etc.
When used topically in skincare, usually as a serum, it has range of benefits including treating certain skin conditions.
For Mature skin;
Niacinamide is great for mature skin as it helps to build keratin, this is a type of protein that keeps your skin firm and healthy, because of this, your skin will retain its elasticity, which we all know we need to fight those signs of ageing!
It can also help reduce the appearance of dark spots, also associated with mature and sun damaged skin - it’s also great for repairing the skin cells helping to further protect from sun damage and also pollution and toxins.
Firming the skin will also help reduce those pores as this helps to tighten them up and gradually decrease in size over time.
Other skin conditions;
As well as helping your skin lock in moisture, it’s also great for reducing redness, rosacea and blotchiness, this is why its perfect for people who suffer from problems like eczema and acne, and severe inflammatory acne, continued use topically can help smooth the skin over time.
If you have an oily skin type, Niaciniamide is also perfect for regulating the amount of oil your sebaceous glands produce.
A sebaceous gland is a microscopic exocrine gland in the skin that opens into a hair follicle to secrete an oily or waxy matter, called sebum, which lubricates the hair and skin.
Niacinaminde is generally safe to use topically and will generally come in serum form, which should be used in your skincare routine after toning, but before moisturising. It can be used twice daily for optimal effects.
You must always read the manufacturers instructions when introducing new serums to your skin to ensure proper and safe application.
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Cult Beauty Says; "Harnessing the (anything but ordinary) power of niacinamide and zinc – with a surprisingly small price tag – this potent serum is perfect for combatting blemishes, enlarged pores and uneven skin tone. A must-have for battling breakouts, The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% regulates sebum production to minimise pores and reduce blemish-causing bacteria, keeping your complexion clear, calm and collected. A superlative skin improver, niacinamide boosts the skin’s immunity and improves moisture retention, while a brilliant shot of zinc PCA works to repair damaged skin and promote the creation of collagen." Get it here
The Inkey List Niacinamide
The Inkey List Says; A lightweight, power-packed serum containing 10% Niacinamide. This naturally occurring B3 vitamin helps to effectively reduce excess oil, blemishes and redness. Additionally formulated with 1% Hyaluronic Acid for added hydration and effective delivery.
*Source - healthline.com