Skincare 101: Niacinamide
Move over Vitamin C, there’s a new ingredient in town. We’re all familiar with the brightening effects of Vitamin C, but Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) also boasts glow-inducing benefits. Like Vitamin C, you’ll likely find this superstar ingredient in at least one of your favourite brightening and hydrating serums.
So what’s there to know about Vitamin B3? Here are some quick facts.
What is Vitamin B3?
When it comes to skin benefits and Vitamin B3, we’re referring to a specific form of B3 called Nicotinamide, (also known as Niacinamide). This is essentially a water-soluble vitamin, which is not synthesized in the body, meaning we have to eat it or apply it topically to receive it’s benefits.
Vitamin B3 has been incorporated into skincare products since our bodies don’t produce it on their own. If we want to reap its benefits, it needs to be ingested via a supplement or applied topically to the skin. Niacinamide is found in some topical formulations and can be used in the morning or night as a cream- typically after gentle cleansing. You can also find it In some our favourite skincare:
Vitamin B3 Benefits
Niacinamide is restorative. It helps restore cellular energy, repair damaged DNA, and reduce the immunosuppressive effects of sun-induced UV rays. Vitamin B3 fights off internal and external stressors that can ultimately lead to the deterioration or breakdown of our skin and premature signs of aging like discolouration and wrinkles.
Vitamin B3 is anti-inflammatory which means it helps lessen redness, preserve hydration, and strengthen the skin barrier. It also improves the synthesis of healthy fats which is key for glowing skin. It’s recommended for those with sensitive skin or conditions like rosacea or eczema. But don’t just take our word for it, always consult a professional before adding new products to your regimen!
How to use it
Vitamin B3 can be incorporated into your skincare routine both in the morning and nighttime.
As much as we love Niacinamide’s skin boosting benefits, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Niacinamide is a powerful ingredient for brightening and moisturizing, but it’s best not to overuse it to avoid skin irritation. When used in high concentrations, it can cause redness or dermatitis.
Niacinamide’s Skincare BFF’s
Your skincare is most effective when coupled with complimentary formulas. Try pairing your favourite Niacinamide serum with these products:
The Lesse Bioactive face mask contains Tocopherol, a form of Vitamin E. Paired with a Niacinamide, these two ingredients work together to alleviate redness/inflammation, treat breakouts, prevent dark spots, and soothe the skin.
Green Tea is another complimentary ingredient and can be found in the Inna Organics Green Tea Rose Soothing Hydrosol mask. Once applied, the mask comfortably conforms to the curves of your face allowing the botanical extracts to quickly absorb into skin for soothing results in less than 10 minutes.