You may have seen the name niacinamide before. This beloved ingredient has become very popular in the skincare industry. It is found as an ingredient in serums, toners, and facial cleansers. So, what exactly is niacinamide, and why should you include it in your skincare routine?
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinamide. We get this vital substance mainly from our diet, but only a tiny percentage is stored in the body.
It is essential to consume enough B vitamins as they aid in digestion and maintain the health of the skin, hair, and nervous system. Vitamin B3 is a water-soluble vitamin, making it easy to add to serums and creams.
Effects of Niacinamide On the Skin
It has been proven to be an effective multi-tasker that can help the skin in various ways, which is why more and more skin care products contain niacinamide.
For Dry and Dehydrated Skin
Niacinamide ensures the production of so-called ceramides and free fatty acids. These natural skin fats strengthen the skin’s barrier function. As a result, the skin loses less moisture and is less susceptible to external influences. Niacinamide has a mild exfoliating effect, so it is less likely to flake off. Skin becomes smoother and brighter with regular use, and fine lines and wrinkles caused by dryness become less noticeable.
For Irritated Skin
Niacinamide also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent ingredient for those suffering from acne, rosacea, and red spots. This ingredient inhibits the production of histamine, which is responsible for the redness and itchiness of mosquito bites. It also inhibits other substances that cause inflammatory reactions (redness, itching, and swelling). It also soothes the skin, so many dermatologists use it to help relieve certain skin conditions.
Niacinamide For Pigmentation
Niacinamide is effective in reducing pigmentation and lightening pigmented skin again. It inhibits the proliferation of melanosomes. Melanosomes can be thought of as cells that deliver packets of pigment to keratinocytes and bring out the pigment color of the skin. Niacinamide inhibits this process, resulting in less pigmentation of the skin.
Slows Down Skin Aging
Glycation process is inhibited. In glycation, sugar binds to collagen and elastin, and this process accelerates the aging of the skin. Niacinamide prevents glycation and thus slows down skin aging.
Protects From UV Rays
As an antioxidant, niacinamide protects against UV rays, which are the main cause of skin aging. Niacinamide alone is not enough to protect against UV rays, so always apply a day cream with SPF after using niacinamide.
Sebum Regulation By Niacinamide
You may have too little sebum elsewhere. If so, niacinamide will help regulate these cells, causing more sebum to be secreted in specific places and smooth out the skin. Niacinamide also tackles acne immediately, without drying out the skin.
Niacinamide Strengthens the Skin Barrier
Niacinamide also strengthens the barrier function of your skin by decreasing trans epidermal water loss. When the skin loses less water, the skin’s moisture balance is restored. The skin barrier also becomes stronger and less susceptible to external influences, and your skin will be less dry.
How To Use Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is used as an ingredient in a variety of products, including facial cleansers and toners. It can also be used in combination with other skincare products.
For best results, it is wise to use niacinamide products twice a day. After cleansing and before applying heavy creams or oils, apply a small amount of the serum to the face both morning and evening.
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