What is Niacinamide?

¿Qué es la Niacinamida?

Maria Teresa Moneo |

How does Niacinamide act on the skin?

Niacinamide is a skincare ingredient that deserves your attention and that your skin will love. Along with other amazing skincare ingredients like Retinol and Vitamin C, Niacinamide stands out for its versatility for almost any skin type and concern.

Many of you already know us, but for those who don't know yet, the conclusions we draw about any ingredient are always based on research that has been proven to be true – and the research on Niacinamide unanimously demonstrates how special it is. is. New research continues to show that it is one of the most exciting skincare ingredients out there.

What is Niacinamide?

Also known as Vitamin B3 and Nicotinamide , Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the skin's natural substances to help visibly minimize enlarged pores, improve uneven skin tone, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, brighten dull skin and strengthen the weakened natural protection barrier.

Niacinamide also reduces environmental damage, thanks to its ability to improve the skin's natural protective barrier (its first line of defense), and it also plays a fundamental role in helping the skin repair signs of past damage. . If we do not control it, these types of daily environmental aggressions make the skin look older, dull and dull.

What is Niacinamide?

Why should you use Niacinamide?

As you may have gathered, we are very impressed with all that Niacinamide can do for the skin when applied topically through products such as toners, serums and highly concentrated leave-in treatments.

Niacinamide is exclusively compatible with any of the products in your skin care routine, including products that contain Retinol , Peptides , Hyaluronic Acid , AHA , BHA , Vitamin C and all types of antioxidants .

You can use various products containing Niacinamide and they will still not be sensitizing, since this ingenious Vitamin B is well tolerated by all skin types. It is even suitable for people with sensitive or Rosacea-prone skin.

Other useful benefits of Niacinamide are that it helps renew and restore the skin's surface against water loss and dehydration, helping the skin to improve its natural production of skin-strengthening ceramides.

When ceramides are depleted over time, the skin is left vulnerable to all kinds of problems, from areas of extreme dryness and peeling, to extra-sensitive skin.

If you struggle with dry skin, topical application of Niacinamide has been shown to increase the hydrating ability of moisturizing ingredients, so the skin's surface can better resist water loss that leads to dry, tight, peeling skin. recurrently.

Niacinamide works excellently with common moisturizing ingredients such as Glycerin, Unscented Vegetable Oils, Cholesterol, Sodium PCA and Sodium Hyaluronate.

How does Niacinamide help with pore size?

Great question, although the answer is not entirely clear. Simply put, research has not come to a complete understanding of how this B Vitamin magically works to reduce the size of enlarged pores , but it does! It appears that Niacinamide has a normalizing ability on the lining of the pores and that this influence plays a role in preventing sebum and dead cells from accumulating, which leads to blockages (comedones) and rougher, rougher skin. As the blockage forms and worsens, the pores dilate to compensate, resulting in enlarged pores . By helping things get back to normal, using Niacinamide brings pores back to their normal size. Sun damage can also cause pores to enlarge, leading to what some describe as “orange peel.”

Higher concentrations of Niacinamide can help visibly close pores, supporting the skin's own supporting elements.

How is Niacinamide used?

Using Niacinamide is as easy as finding great skin care products that contain it, along with other beneficial ingredients such as antioxidants, skin repair agents, and other ingredients that nourish the skin.

This multidisciplinary ingredient approach to skincare is important, because as good as Niacinamide is for your skin, it is not the only ingredient your skin needs to look and feel its best. Think of it like your diet: no matter how healthy cauliflower is, if you only eat cauliflower you would soon become malnourished, since your body needs more than one healthy food to sustain itself. The same goes for the skin, the largest (and most exposed) organ in the body!

For best results, use leave-on Niacinamide products and apply to clean skin morning and night. For example, you can apply a toner with Niacinamide ( Skin Balancing Pore Reducing Toner ) after cleansing to re-hydrate and repair the skin. The 10% Niacinamide Booster concentrate can be used alone (as a serum) or mixed with your favorite moisturizer, depending on your personal preferences. Those with persistent concerns such as advanced signs of sun damage, orange peel texture, enlarged pores, microcomedones or sebaceous hyperplasia should consider trying a 20% concentration Niacinamide serum, such as our Clinical Niacinamide 20% Treatment , one or two times a day. Experience what works best on your skin!

You can also use products containing Niacinamide around the eyes. Many people indicate that the use of a moisturizer or eye contour with Niacinamide helps improve the appearance of dark circles, blurs crow's feet, not to mention that it allows this delicate area to retain hydration, softens the skin and prevents loss. of firmness.

There is no reason to wait to introduce a Niacinamide product into your skincare routine. This wonderfully versatile B Vitamin provides many topical benefits to improve the appearance of skin, so it will appear more even, brighter and younger. As with any other exceptional skincare ingredient, it's important to be diligent and protect your skin daily with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. This allows you to get the maximum benefit from Niacinamide and other star skin ingredients.