Get to know this versatile ingredient better
Niacinamide has solidified itself as one of the industry’s most coveted skincare ingredients due to its seamless ability to multitask. This water-soluble form of Vitamin B3 will support you on your skin journey, helping to improve skin texture and strengthen the skin barrier.
Niacinamide isn’t stored in the skin like Vitamin C or Collagen and requires consistent replenishment or upkeep to maintain results. Although Niacinamide is also found in food, and can be taken via supplements or through IVs, topical application is a lot simpler, accessible and thankfully affordable!
Because of its absorbable nature, Niacinamide, being a versatile active, is typically a precursor for ‘NAD’ and eventually, ‘NADP’. Both NAD and NADP are the names of the coenzymes, which support the function of enzymatic activity in the cells AKA energy production in the cells .
Think of it like giving the skin a power bank, or a backup generator. So, as our skin cells start to age and need regenerating to put a pep back in their step, enter: Niacinamide. The ingredient goes through a series of metabolic processes in the skin, eventually spitting out NAD and NADP to supercharge this regeneration.
Not only does this limit the breakdown of important activities within the skin, it minimises the replication of unhealthy or damaged cells, supports repairs when needed and protects the skin through its antioxidant activity.
Niacinamide drives a lot of processes in the skin. Due to its versatility, it is much loved for its ability to:
This typically works in two ways:
1. Niacinamide is able to promote cell turnover – i.e. the growth of a new cycle of the skin. As the new skin grows the outermost layers shed, replacing dead skin with a more vibrant counterpart. Taking with it pigmentation that sits on the surface, until it eventually sheds.
2. Niacinamide also interrupts the processes involved in melanin distribution to reduce and slow down hyperpigmentation forming. This could be especially beneficial to those with melasma.
Listening to what your skin is saying is at the core of what we believe at Renude.
Fortunately, niacinamide has a proven track record of being safe for all skin types, as long as it is used at around 5%. However, due to some unique features, we recommend the following based on different skin types, tones and concerns:
1. Black and brown skin tones
Despite the limitations in data, a consistent finding in studies concerning darker skin types is the lack of ceramides and distinct lipid profiles for evolutionary purposes. Niacinamide’s ability to support the ceramides and lipid profile’s metabolism reduces the movement of water out of the skin and the onset of eczema for those exposed to colder and less humid climates .
2. Those with sensitive, inflamed or textured skin
Unfortunately, a lot of us have overexposed our skin to harsh actives such as AHA’s and BHA’s, Retinoids or Benzoyl peroxide for acne treatment, which cause sensitivity, and inflammation causing the skin to become textured. Scaling back with calm nurturing ingredients such as Niacinamide allows the skin to heal from the inside out, bringing us closer to the skin that we love.
Niacinamide is generally considered safe for all skin types. However, there are a few people who may want to avoid using it:
The secret to optimising your skincare results is to choose products and ingredients that work symbiotically towards your targeted result. Luckily for us, Niacinamide is a good team player and seems to work well with a host of other ingredients.
Depending on the intended results, we would recommend pairing Niacinamide with an oil applied on top to seal it in and allow it to work deeper within the skin. Pairing it with SPFs and other high-powered antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid and Vitamin D would boost antioxidant activity and create an almost bulletproof shield.
If you're interested in adding niacinamide to your skincare routine, here are a few tips to get started:
Niacinamide is a versatile skincare ingredient that can benefit a wide range of skin types and concerns. It has numerous benefits, including reducing inflammation, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reducing hyperpigmentation, minimising the appearance of pores, and moisturizing the skin.
1. CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser
2. Medik8 Calmwise Soothing Foaming Cleanser
3. Allies of Skin Peptides and Antioxidants Firming Daily Treatment
4. Garden of Wisdom Niacinamide Serum
While it's generally considered safe for all skin types, we would always recommend you speak to one of our Renude Aestheticians before introducing it into your skincare routine and follow their advice to enjoy the benefits of niacinamide for healthy, glowing skin.
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