The world of skincare and sourcing only the best and most effective skincare ingredients is a wide, wonderful world. The best ingredients are all-around beneficial and good for targeting specific concerns like redness, hyperpigmentation, or fine lines. Knowing which ingredients you respond well to and give you the best benefits makes you a skincare master, buying the specific products that work perfectly in your routine. Niacinamide is one ingredient you should know about.
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 that is used in your metabolism and nervous system. It can be found in foods such as meat, fish, dairy, and leafy greens, which means to some degree, you’re likely consuming niacinamide fairly regularly. However, this isn’t the same thing as applying it directly to your skin, where it’s able to immediately go to work and not be processed by the body for other purposes.
Niacinamide vs. Niacin
Although both Niacinamide and Niacin are forms of Vitamin B3, they accomplish different goals. Niacinamide is a multi-functional skincare superstar known to have antioxidant, and humectant benefits. Niacin is best known to help improve the overall appearance of the skin, including reducing the appearance of sun damage and wrinkles.
Benefits of Niacinamide in Skincare
Buying products with niacinamide can be a great way not only to enhance your skin overall, but also combat specific problems. In general, niacinamide can help decrease the appearance of redness and irritation and help reduce the visible signs of aging.
Decreases Redness and Inflammation
As an anti-inflammatory compound, niacinamide has multiple benefits for people struggling to control several types of inflammation. First, concerning skin that tends to be sensitive, it can tone down the appearance of redness. Second, it can help the appearance of acne breakout symptoms and reduce the chance that it will get worse. Niacinamide is perfect for individuals with eczema.
Protects with Antioxidants
Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize damaging free radicals that are present throughout our environment and can lead to premature signs of aging such as wrinkles and pigmentation. The skin has its own resources to fight off this damage and other environmental factors, but niacinamide enhances this ability to keep the skin supple, hydrated, and fresh.
Boosts Collagen Production
By now you probably know of the importance of collagen when it comes to keeping your skin looking youthful, smooth, and supported for many years. Niacinamide has its own role to play in the anti-aging process, with some studies showing a specific concentration of niacinamide reducing the appearance of fine lines dramatically over the course of a few months.
How to Add Niacinamide to Your Routine
Now that you know how awesome and powerful niacinamide is, the next step is finding a way to incorporate it into your daily skincare routine. Most often, niacinamide is found in moisturizing creams and lotions, which means our after bath moisturizers are no exception. Check out the ingredients for niacinamide in products like our Kukui Coconut Moisturizer to begin reaping the many benefits of this skincare superstar
If you’re not sure where to start, please take our Skin Quiz, which matches all our products with your specific skin type and concern to make sure you get the best products tailored to your needs.