What is Niacinamide and do I need it?

Let’s be honest, sometimes it feels like you need a college degree in beauty with all the ingredients you’re being told to lather up your face with. You may have heard about the next holy grail in skincare, niacinamide, but aren’t exactly sure what it does, so we are here to give you the 4-1-1.

Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3 is water soluble vitamin that is not made naturally in the body. This vitamin is an essential nutrient in your body that is found in animal products like meat and plant-based foods like avocado, peanuts and mushrooms. Niacinamide is crucial for your daily diet, however, what most people don’t know is that it also has incredible benefits when used topically on your skin as well!

What are the skincare benefits of Niacinamide?

Niacinamide is like a ‘superfood’ ingredient for your skin. It has been proven to protect your skin against ultraviolet rays and oxidative damage caused by free radicals, sun exposure and pollution.It can also stabilize the skin’s barrier function, which helps with moisture retention, pore size and redness.

If you struggle with hyperpigmentation or age spots, this powerhouse ingredient has shown significant improvements for fading acne scars and dark spots by brightening the skin. In addition, it’s anti-inflammatory properties and ability to control excessive oil production, niacinamide makes a great treatment for active acne and preventing future breakouts.

Can Niacinamide be used on all skin types?

All for one and one for all. Niacinamide is so gentle that everyone can benefit from it. Niacinamide is amazing for people that want to improve their skin’s texture and/or tone.

How often should I be using Niacinamide?

For best results, it is recommended to use a serum or cream with niacinamide twice daily, ideally morning and night. Studies have shown that it takes roughly 8-12 weeks for its benefits to kick in if you are applying on a regular basis.

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