Few skin care ingredients make me as happy as niacinamide does. Niacinamide is one of the few actives that I actively (ha, ha) seek out in my skin care products, and I’m always a little disappointed in products that don’t contain any. I just can never get enough of the stuff. Here’s why.
What is niacinamide?
Niacinamide is another name for vitamin B3. As an ingredient in topical skin care products, it has been shown to be antioxidant and to have a variety of other benefits. It is a cell-communicating ingredient, which means that niacinamide actually alters the behavior of skin cells, rather than simply creating a temporary, superficial effect on the skin.
Niacinamide’s benefits for hyperpigmentation and skin brightening
One of the most well studied and well known benefits of niacinamide is its ability to fade hyperpigmentation and brighten overall skin tone. Niacinamide does so by inhibiting the production of melanin in the skin. In Japanese and Korean skin care products, therefore, you’ll often see niacinamide in quality skin brightening and lightening products. (Source)
Niacinamide for anti-aging and wrinkle prevention
If you’re concerned about preventing wrinkles and slowing the aging process, niacinamide offers benefits in that area, too. Niacinamide has been shown to increase skin elasticity and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, making niacinamide-containing products valuable additions to a solid anti-aging skin care routine. (Source)
Effects of niacinamide on overall skin health
In addition to the big two benefits of brightening and anti-aging, niacinamide also produces other notable improvements in skin condition over time. Niacinamide can decrease sebum production, a compelling benefit for those who struggle with oily skin. It can also stimulate skin to produce more natural lipids and strengthen skin’s overall barrier function, helping those with dry and dehydrated skin that loses moisture easily. Niacinamide can lessen the appearance of acne and redness by soothing inflammation. Finally, in conjunction with sunscreen, niacinamide’s antioxidant properties help to protect skin from further UV damage. (Source)
Where can I find niacinamide?
Luckily for anyone interested in the skin benefits of niacinamide, this is a very common ingredient, found in both Asian and Western skin care products. I use many niacinamide-containing products for face, and even my body lotion, Olay Quench in the Shimmer formula, boasts niacinamide as one of its top ingredients. So the next time you’re in the market for a brightening, anti-aging, or overall skin-boosting product, take a look at the ingredients list and try to find one with niacinamide!
Do you use any products with niacinamide? How are they working out for you?