The hype is real! Niacinamide, a powerful ingredient that transforms the complexion, is changing the skincare game. Not only is niacinamide suitable for most skin types including sensitive skin, but it can reduce redness, erase fine lines, treat hyperpigmentation, and the list continues. So what’s the secret? Get ready to find out as we break down everything behind niacinamide so you can start incorporating the wonderworking ingredient into your skincare routine!
Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3. Vitamins in this group are known for their healing and soothing effects on the skin. Niacinamide is also known as nicotinamide or niacin when you look for it on your skincare ingredient list. In skincare products, the concentration level of niacinamide is normally 5% or less. If you have sensitive skin you should start using niacinamide with a 2% concentration or lower to get your skin used to the ingredient.
The Benefits of Niacinamide
When it comes to the benefits of niacinamide, the list is extensive. Niacinamide can boost skin hydration, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, treat hyperpigmentation, minimize pores, and fights environmental damages to the skin. The other benefits include...
- Helps treat acne, eczema, and inflammatory skin
- By reducing inflammation it can also help decrease redness and blotchiness
- Improves skin firmness and healthy-looking skin
- Promotes the production of keratin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid found in the skin
- Regulates oil
- Prevents the production of unnecessary oil in the skin
- Protects the skin from sun damage
- Helps rebuild healthy skin cells to protect against UV damage
When to Expect Results
When you start using a new product, we would love to see the results immediately. Unfortunately, that’s just not how it works. To see results from a skincare routine or new product, patience and consistency are key. With niacinamide, people typically start to see results after four to eight weeks.
Introducing Niacinamide to Your Skincare Routine
Now it’s time to incorporate niacinamide into your skincare routine! To help you start, we compiled a list of our favorite skincare products with the magical ingredient of niacinamide.
The Perfectly Prepped Base
Before applying a serum or moisturizer we love to use the La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Clarifying Lotion. This pre-treatment helps to brighten and clarify the complexion while aiding in better absorption of serums and moisturizers.
Our two go-to moisturizers with niacinamide are the Chantecaille Rose de Mai Cream and Jack Black Clean Break Oil-free Moisturizer. Both of these moisturizers will deeply hydrate the skin while providing all the benefits that niacinamide offers.
Firming Neck Cream
Always remember to care for your neck! The Natura Bissé Tensolift Neck Cream works wonders when it comes to tightening, firming, and sculpting the neck area. It can also be applied on the décolletage to visibly smooth and renew the area.
Even though niacinamide helps with environmental damages such as UV rays, it is still very important to wear SPF. The Coola Full Spectrum360 Mineral Face Sun Silk Creme SPF30 is a wonderful oil-free sunscreen infused with antioxidants and niacinamide that layers beautifully under makeup.
You can also treat the rest of your body by using body creams infused with niacinamide such as the RéVive Superieur Body Renewal Firming Cream. To boost your all-over glow even more, apply the RéVive Superieur Body Nightly Renewing Serum prior to the cream. This combination is phenomenal for diminishing fine lines, smoothing, and brightening the skin.
The hands are one of the first places on the body to show signs of aging so having a hand cream with niacinamide is a must. The Natura Bissé Essential Shock Hand Cream is amazing for hands as it protects the delicate skin from free radicals, dark spots, and stimulates collagen production.
Kiss goodbye to dry and chapped lips with the Patchology Flashpatch Hydrating Lip Gels. These lip masks are deeply moisturizing and are a great way to prepare your lips for your favorite lipstick or to just extend some TLC to your lips.
Rejuvenating Face Mask
For the ultimate pamper session, try the Lancer Radiance Awakening Mask Intense which is packed with vitamin C and 5% niacinamide to restore your complexion. This mask is great to apply in the evening after cleansing the skin. This mask can also be used overnight to wake up to completely refreshed skin!
Niacinamide + Retinol
The combination of niacinamide and retinol is a good mix because niacinamide can help the irritation and dryness that retinol can occasionally cause. When you use both niacinamide and retinol you can expect a smoother complexion. Furthermore, it’s a safe and effective cocktail for fighting acne.
Niacinamide + Hyaluronic Acid
You can safely combine your niacinamide product with your favorite hyaluronic acid product. In fact, combining these two ingredients can create great synergy. Hyaluronic acid can increase the niacinamide absorption and thereby make your products work better.
Is Niacinamide Right for You?
Niacinamide can be used by most skin types. But remember to always pay attention to how your skin reacts when you integrate new ingredients into your skincare routine. If you come across any skin irritation, consider to stop or reduce the use of the ingredient to every other day or a few times a week.
If Niacinamide is just not right for you, don’t worry! There are other hero ingredients that may be more suitable for your skin type. Some other potent ingredients that give superb results are retinol, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin c.
We still can’t quite get over everything that niacinamide can accomplish. From reducing fine lines, treating hyperpigmentation, and hydrating the skin, it’s truly a wonderful multitasking ingredient that can be utilized by all! We hope this blog was helpful in better understanding everything behind niacinamide and that you’ll love using it as much as we do!