Niacinamide: 6 Reasons to Add It to Your Skincare Routine
This ingredient will greatly aid you in your quest for youthful skin
Admit it—you’re constantly on the lookout for new skincare that promise you a slew of effects. And while most are usually able to combat problems like pimples, dull skin, and that-time-of-the-month breakouts, things start to get a little tricky. For one, it’s impossible to get rid of large pores. It’s also incredibly hard to avoid pigmentation when Singapore is consistently sunny.
Enter niacinamide. Also known as Vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is an essential nutrient found in a variety of food like green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, red meat, chicken, as well as fish like salmon and tuna.
But what does it do for my skin?
Beyond body benefits like helping to maintain a healthy digestive system, nervous system, and brain functions, niacinamide also does wonders when it comes to supplementing the skin with numerous benefits.
Here are 6 reasons why you should add niacinamide to your skincare routine.
1. It begins with having all the hydration you need...
Literally everything about your skin becomes better when your skin’s epidermal barrier is functioning at peak performance. Niacinamide has the power to strengthen your skin’s lipid barrier, preventing Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL) and retaining moisture better while keeping it protected from environmental detriments.
2. ...So you can lose the lines!
When your skin is hydrated, it becomes soft and plump. Cell differentiation increases, in turn, increasing collagen production and improving skin elasticity so you naturally have youthful skin with minimized pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.
3. Reduce redness and blotchiness
As mentioned, when your skin’s epidermal lipid barrier is strong, it’s a lot easier for your skin to take care and protect itself from external aggressors. If your skin normally gets blotchy or you experience redness that can’t go away after being outside, the daily application of skincare containing niacinamide will help to reduce the effects of environmental exposure. Niacinamide is also gentle on sensitive skin, making it a skincare must-have for everyone.
4. Keep oily skin under control
Have oily skin? Stop using oil blotters incessantly (it causes your skin to produce more oil!) and using harsh cleansers to try and keep your face shine-free. Having a well-functioning lipid barrier and moisturized skin courtesy of niacinamide-infused skincare helps to maintain the amount of oil that your skin produces. Here’s to keeping your complexion matte!
5. Hyperpigmentation, be gone!
Hyperpigmentation occurs when the transfer of pigment (melanosomes) from your melanocytes to the skin surrounding your epidermis becomes excessive. This causes your skin to rapidly produce uneven, blotchy pigmentation and speed up the appearance of aging skin. If you’re at your wit’s end on how to slow down the effects of hyperpigmentation, niacinamide helps to suppress and slow down the transfer of melanin caused by UV rays to your skin’s epidermis so you have fewer freckles and age spots.
6. Promote youthful skin with a beautiful glow
We know how good antioxidants are for the skin. But while most prevent damage caused by oxidative stress, niacinamide goes above and beyond by reversing the signs of aging skin and tired-looking skin by reducing the impact of oxidatives and improving the skin’s ability to fight back. Without niacinamide in your skincare, you easily get dull skin that’s sallow and lackluster—akin to not getting enough sleep or eating a lot of junk food.
The easiest way to introduce a new ingredient into a skincare routine you are familiar with? Search for a replacement for a product you are already currently using. To effortlessly incorporate niacinamide into your nightly skincare routine, swap out your current night moisturiser with The Moisturizers Co's Ultra Pore Refiner Anti-Blemish Night Cream.
It’s specially formulated with niacinamide to control oil production and reduce large pores, increase skin elasticity, and rid dark spots. Further strengthened with witch hazel, glycolic acid, and lactic acid, it’s the one-step solution to clear, smooth, and beautiful skin!
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As featured in Her World, CLEO, FEMALE, Shape, Nuyou, Singapore Women’s Weekly, Daily Vanity, Layers of Skins.