A popular ingredient in effective skin products, yet an elusive term: what exactly is “niacinamide” and what is it good for?
What is Niacinamide:
Essentially, niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3. Niacinamide can be found in various foods including meat, fish, yeast and milk. It can also be found in eggs, green veggies, grains and beans and in a number of vitamin B complex supplements.
Niacinamide can also be made from niacin from the body. Niacin becomes niacinamide when the body aquires more niacin than it needs, and it’s quickly dissolved in water.
Niacinamide is necessary to maintain healthy cells and for regular functioning fats and sugars in the body.
How Does Niacinamide Effect Skin?
Topically applying niacinamide onto the skin can improve its surface structure and smoothe out wrinkles. It can positively effect and derail acne, and rosacea as well as other forms of skin-irritation. Niacinamide is proven scientifically to provide these benefits for the skin, and it’s gained popularity in skincare products ever since.
Products made with this ingredient aim to effectively improve acne, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and discolouration.
Niacinamide has stabilizing effect on the skin’s barrier and helps to retain moisture in the skin. It also helps to increase protein synthesis (like keratin), and even has the ability to stimulate ceramide synthesis. Ceramides are lipids in the body that ultimately help the skin become firmer and younger.
How Else Does Niacinamide Benefit Skin?
Prevents sun-damage: Niacinamide can help to build up healthy skin cells all-the-while protecting the skin from sun-damage, which can be caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles: By applying topically, niacinamide can smoothe out fine lines on the face and really minimize the appearance of wrinkles overall.
Provides moisture retention and oil regulation: Niacinamide is able to help the skin’s barrier retain moisture through it’s stabilizing ability. At the same time, it regulates the skin’s oils, so it is not an ingredient simply confined for the dry-skin type.
Works against blemishes and acne: Able to help complexion and even severe acne, products with niacinamide can improve the look of skin overall by reducing acne and minimizing blemishes.
Protects the skin from oxidative stress. Niacinamide can help protect the skin from environmental agressors, such as pollutants, toxins and UV rays.
Helps build proteins: Keratin is created by niacinamide; keratin is used to to keep skin, nails and hair healthy.
What are the Best Niacinamide Products for My Skin?
One great thing about niacinamide is that this ingredient is not exclusively chosen for specific skin-types. It’s many benefits positively influence any type of skin. We chose just a few of our favourite products that include niacinamide below.
January Labs Retexturizing Night Cream helps to rejuvenate and replenish skin overnight, using a Lactic Acid-based formula. We love it because it uses natural ingredients that work best with one another, such as Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides, and Niacinamide for intense hydration. While being an intensive moisturizer, this product is still gentle. It also decreases the appearance of blemishes.
This moisturizer is a definitive favourite and works well with all skin types, from dull to congested.
The African Botanics moisturizer replenishes the skin’s moisture, and is made with fruit enzymes, minerals, and botanical humectants that moisturize, make plump and help firm the skin. It’s made in a serum form, and rapidly absorbs into the skin.
This cleansing oil doubles as a makeup remover that wipes away makeup and dirt gently, while still maintaing the skin’s pH balance. It was made initially to target dry-skin types, but its concentrated formula makes it work great with any type of skin.
We love it for being a clean, all-natural product that doesn’t require you to have to rub in; it wipes away excesses on the face gently and efficiently.
Another hit by African Botanics, this repair balm becomes a highly-concentrated active serum upon application and absorbs rapidly into the skin. It’s able to improve the appearance of skin texture, and protects the skin from outside-stressors and environmental pollution.
It has a floral fragrance and leaves the skin feeling firmer and more supple.
These are just some of the top-rated products that work with niacinamide to help skin in various areas, including the reduction of wrinkles and blemishes!