5 reasons why you should include Niacinamide in your skincare routine.
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 which can be applied topically. It can be found in a variety of skincare ingredients including moisturizers, serums, essences, and all that jazz. But the question is why do you have to use it? Well, I say, why not? The benefits of using Niacinamide are tremendous with very little to no side effects. It’s cheap, easily available, and well tolerated by the skin. You can even use it with your other skin care ingredients like Retinoids, vitamin C, AHA, BHA, Azelaic acid, etc. without worrying about any major side effects. In fact, it can help absorb other ingredients better in your skin. So let’s check out all the benefits that this wonder ingredient has to offer.
It reduces trans-epidermal water loss basically keeps your skin hydrated! It Prevents water from leaving your skin which makes wrinkles appear less, leaving your skin looking young and plum! The trick is to apply it when your skin is damp don’t let it dry. It’s literally a blessing for all my dry skin friends out there. So if you want to go from looking like a raisin to a grape you have to include Niacinamide in your skin care routine!
Helps with redness and rosacea
If you experience redness or red bumps on your face, no worries Niacinamide got you covered! It improves skin barrier function and helps with redness and blotchiness. Additionally, it also helps reduce sallowness. So It not only helps your skin to appear healthy but actually makes it healthy.
Reduces acne and pores
Probably the number one problem that everyone can relate to except those god’s favorite of course, who are blessed with flawless poreless looking skin. We have all had those days trying out different DIYs to reduce them pores and It may appear smaller for a day or two but after that, surprise! Staring right back at us in all their glory! Well, I have a solution for you, and you guessed it right, Niacinamide! Pores look huge because of dryness, they produce extra oil and sebum which makes them appear huge. Another reason is due to age which makes pores to sag. Since niacinamide retains moisture so well It makes pores to appear smaller giving you smoother-looking skin. Studies show that a 2% niacinamide has been effective for such skin conditions.
Brighter and even looking skin
Niacinamide evenly distributes skin pigment (melanocytes) gives a brighter appearance to the face. It also helps with melasma, hyperpigmentation, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, dark spots, etc. studies show a 4% to 5% niacinamide has been effective in reducing such skin conditions. You can even use it for sensitive areas like the underarm, since, it’s easy to tolerate, unlike some other harsh ingredients.
Okay, this one’s solid! Niaciamide even reverses UV damage! So it basically reverses the damage caused by free radicals which damage collagen giving you wrinkles. Its antioxidant properties have been proven to reduce that damage to a certain extent. No, it’s not a replacement for your sunscreen. You have to apply sunscreen every day instead, It supports sunscreen.
Now you must be wondering How to use it? where to find it? What percentage to use? Well the answers are simple in fact chances are, you are probably already using niacinamide in your moisturizer or lotions just read the ingredients list. If not well you can use it in both forms as a serum or a moisturizer. Dermatologists recommend not going higher than 5% niacinamide as it can lead to irritation. I hope this article was helpful. Thanks for reading.
Happy skincare y’all! See you next time with another skincare ingredient talk!