While found naturally in the body, niacin can provide the appearance of multiple benefits when applied directly to the skin in formulas that have this vitamin in them. You may find that niacin products help you take your skincare routine to the next level with unique benefits for your specific skin type.
What is Niacin?
Niacin is a form of Vitamin B-3, different from similarly named compounds such as niacinamide or nicotinamide. Niacin has multiple effects on the body and skin, including complexion-enhancing benefits. This ingredient is effective at all concentrations, meaning seeing niacin listed on the label indicates you’ll get its subtle but proven effects.
Niacin can also be added to the body orally through the use of supplements, but to ensure its direct effects take hold on your skin, it’s best used in high-quality serums and toners like the ones provided by Epicuren Discovery.
Niacin vs. Niacinamide
Although they sound similar, these two forms of Vitamin B-3 are unique. Your body needs a certain amount of niacin in order to properly function, which is often sourced through the foods you eat, such as eggs, green veggies, beans, and fish. However, if you take too much niacin by adding supplements, this won’t necessarily translate into skin appearance benefits, because the body can convert active niacin into niacinamide when it’s not needed for regular function.
That’s why we formulate our topical skincare products with the potent antioxidant niacin, because applying it directly to the skin ensures it’s not re-purposed into niacinamide before it has a chance to work its magic.
Benefits of Niacin in Skincare Products
With active, proven ingredients like niacin in all our professional-grade products, you can experience real results with long-term, regular use. Niacin can help improve the appearance of skin in many ways, including:
- Shrink pores: By regularly using high-quality skincare moisturizers your pores will begin to look smaller and smoother as it adjusts to active ingredients like niacin.
- Reduce the appearance of redness: Niacin can be great for those with sensitive skin or experience redness as it helps reduce the appearance of inflammation, helping skin to look more evenly toned and bright.
- Protect against free radical damage: As a potent antioxidant, niacin and other ingredients help prevent appearance-damaging elements in the environment from worsening the look of the complexion.
- Minimize the appearance of oil: Niacin is involved in the proper function of fats and sugars in the body, so when it’s applied directly to skin, it helps the appearance of an oily skin types be brighter and less greasy.
Results of Using Niacin Skincare Products
Switching your skincare routine to a professional-grade level can be a big adjustment, for you and your skin. That’s why it’s important to be patient as you wait to see your results. Although some people feel or see immediate changes with their new niacin-powered products, others experience gradual improvements that get better with regular use.
Follow all the individual product’s instructions for the best results, using the product for up to two months before deciding if the results you see are what you like or if you’d prefer some other formula.
Niacin in Professional-Grade Products
At Epicuren Discovery, we know the value of active ingredients that provide real skincare benefits. That’s why we include niacin in many of our moisturizers, toners, and sun care products, knowing it helps people achieve the glowing, radiant skin they’re after. To find out which niacin products are recommended for your specific skin type and concern, take our Skin Quiz and start the journey to a more beautiful you.