Niacinamide- The New Buzz in Skincare?August 24, 2020
It seems like every few months there is a new buzz word in the skincare industry and it feels almost impossible to stay on top of it all. Many times, the superhero ingredient of the moment can be nothing more than a fad, and more often than not, these ingredients seem to underdeliver on the results they promise us. So, that brings us to Niacinamide. What is it exactly and are you to believe the hype?
What is Niacinamide?
Simply put, niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 and is known for its soothing and healing properties. The word on the street is that niacinamide, while often overlooked due to the focus on Vitamin C, is particularly good for improving hydration, reducing the signs of aging, helping with acne, lessening discoloration, protecting the skin from environmental damage, and diminishing large pores. In addition, any skin type and age can benefit from adding topical niacinamide to your skincare regimen. Plus, niacinamide can be used both morning and night and plays well with other ingredients. Dermatologists love it, so if it meets with their approval then we will jump on the bandwagon!
We visited Sephora to find the must-have products that contain this little powerhouse ingredient and these are the gems that we think are the real standouts.
After gently cleansing your skin, it is beneficial to use an exfoliating toner. Exfoliating toners remove the build-up of dead skin cells allowing for a more even and brighter complexion. Each of these toners carried at Sephora contains our hero ingredient niacinamide and helps with dullness and uneven skin texture, dark spots, and fine lines.
Serums are a great way to add in ingredients into your skincare. Serums are made up of smaller molecules that are able to deeply penetrate into your skin and target specific concerns. Sounds like the perfect delivery system for those all-important and multi-beneficial ingredients.
Get Your Glow On
Don’t look at moisturizing as an unnecessary step because we live in a humid climate. Moisturizer is a must! First, moisturizers can reduce the chances of skin problems by helping the skin maintain its balance. Moisturizers also help fight fine lines and wrinkles by plumping the skin. When niacinamide is added as an active ingredient and you are left with magic. Dr. Dennis Gross Stress Repair Face Cream and Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening moisturizer both contain niacinamide which supports lipid barrier function to retain moisture, improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and reduce the appearance of redness and breakouts.
Don’t Forget the Skin Below Your Neck
A great skincare regimen does not stop at your neck. You also need to take care of the rest of your skin and it too will benefit from niacinamide. Sephora now carries the clean brand Nécessaire which believes that body care should not be an afterthought but your first thought. This line uses clean ingredients but those clean ingredients must perform as well. Our favorite products are The Body Wash and The Body Serum. Why? Because the Body Wash makes shower time a true experience and contains Marula, Cacay, and Meadowfoam to help nourish the skin and The Body Serum helps to provide increase hydration to the body. Trust us when we say that this line of body products is like no other you have ever tried. Your only decision should be which scent to choose from- Fragrance-Free, Eucalyptus, and Sandalwood.