The Wonder of Skin Care: Niacinamide
6 June 2019
by Amy Ho
With countless cosmetic ingredients used in the industry, it’s always good to familiarise yourself with a few to know what you’re feeding your skin. If you’re a skincare lover you might be familiar with niacinamide - an ingredient widely used in skincare products. So, what’s the big deal about this star ingredient that beauty experts are going crazy over it?
What is niacinamide?
It may sound frightening, but niacinamide (also known as nicotinamide) is actually a form of Vitamin B3 - a nutrient the human body needs but is unable to produce on its own.
How can niacinamide help your skin?
As an important component of coenzymes involved in many biochemical reactions in the skin, niacinamide has the power to influence various skin functions. It’s a true multi-tasker called the wonder ingredient for a reason - or in this case, several reasons:
Stabilizes epidermal barrier function. The epidermal barrier function is the key player in maintaining overall skin health, a stronger barrier means stronger skin! Niacinamide works by reducing transepidermal water loss through the production of ceramides (important component of lipid barrier). This not only helps to lock moisture in for skin hydration but also strengthens the immunity of your skin.
Provides anti-inflammatory effects. Studies have proved niacinamide an effective solution for treating acne problems, such as rosacea and eczema. The redness and blotchiness caused by acne can be soothed and reduced over time as well.
Smooths out fine lines and wrinkles. A topical application of niacinamide stimulates collagen production which in turn, retains and improves the youthfulness of your skin.
Protects you from sun damage. Your skin is damaged by free radicals when exposed to UV rays. Niacinamide carries antioxidant effects which are clinically proven to effectively fight free radical damage.
Are there any side effects from using niacinamide?
Niacinamide is generally well tolerated by the skin. However, in some rare cases, niacinamide can cause skin irritation and redness when used in high concentration.
At SANNY & JOLEEN, we acknowledge and are very impressed with the wondrous benefits this hero ingredient can bring to our skin, which is why we’ve incorporated niacinamide into our Antioxidant Serum.