The word niacinamide might sound like a made-up word for a tongue twister, it’s actually the name of a cosmetic ingredient that helps address a range of skin care problems – from wrinkles to blemishes. But what exactly is it? And how does it work? With the help of the dermatologist Magda Belmontesi, here is a mini guide to tell you everything about its prodigious properties.
What is niacinamide?
Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is an excellent active to counteract free radicals, especially those derived from environmental pollution.
Niacinamide: for which skins is it recommended?
It is a multitasking ingredient, without contraindications, and suitable for all skin types.
What are its benefits?
The benefits are many. It has anti-inflammatory properties, so it’s great for those with sensitive skin, or those with problems like acne and rosacea. It can also help with hyper-pigmentation by inhibiting the production of melanin. It is an excellent antioxidant, and stimulates the skin cells to produce collagen. It helps keep the skin hydrated because it prevents the loss of moisture from the skin surface. In addition, it also has a sebum-regulating function, in addition to maintaining the protective capacity of the skin intact.
Can niacinamide be used every day?
It depends on the type of product, but yes, niacinamide serums and creams can be used on a daily basis.
Are there any ingredients that niacinamide cannot be mixed with?
In addition to having so many benefits, niacinamide is also very versatile and can be combined with other active skin care ingredients. It is compatible with AHA, BHA, hyaluronic acid and retinol. It is also associated with zinc, and in the most recent anti-blemish formulas it is combined with vitamin C and tranexamic acid.
Niacinamide: 5 creams and serums to try now
Lancôme Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum
The French maison is inspired by the Science of Regeneration and introduces the new Rénergie HCF Triple Serum, a concentrated anti-aging serum that contains in its formula an optimal combination of active ingredients to promote the regenerative potential of the skin: hyaluronic acid, vitamin C + niacinamide and ferulic acid.
Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir di Charlotte Tilbury
Awaken the potential of the skin with ingredients such as Replexium, a complex based on vitamin C and niacinamide that gives a brighter complexion. Hydration is then guaranteed by polyglutamic acid obtained from soy, an ingredient that collects four times more water than hyaluronic acid.
Dior Dreamskin Care & Perfect
Thanks to the action of niacinamide, the Dreamskin fluid has a beneficial and perfecting action, which helps the skin to recreate a naturally sublime appearance by counteracting the visible signs of aging: wrinkles, spots and redness. Day after day, the skin texture appears smoother and more refined.
Svr Clairial Night Peel
Papaya extract and niacinamide transform Clairial Night Peel into a perfect formula for treating dark spots on the face at night. From the first use, the skin appears smoother, more luminous, and brown spots appear less visible and the complexion is uniform and radiant.
Garnier Anti-dark spot Serum Vitamin C + Niacinamide
A serum formulated with 3.5% niacinamide, vitamin C, and salicylic acid, three powerful dermoactives known to reduce the appearance of blemishes and increase skin radiance. Added to these is the lemon extract, a powerful super food recognized for its illuminating properties.
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