If it seems like niacinamide is being added to every skincare product on Earth, you might wonder what all the fuss is about. Niacinamide is certainly having a moment of popularity, and for anyone who cares about skin, this is great news.
Niacinamide is a biologically active vitamin B derivative also known as niacin, and it’s a water-soluble vitamin that’s usually found in food. We’ve discussed this ingredient at length in the past, but in case you missed it here is one vital tip about niacinamide that you should remember above all else: your niacinamide-filled products should be left on your skin. We’re talking serums, moisturizers, sunscreens, and so on. It’s not a bad thing to have a cleanser or scrub on exfoliator with niacinamide in it, but it won’t provide much benefit at all once it’s washed off.
What makes Niacinamide so potent?
Niacinamide is an antioxidant that comes with a long list of benefits for your skin. Namely, it helps your skin hold on to moisture by boosting your natural ceramides, in turn strengthening your skin barrier. With all of this contributing to healthier skin, that means you’ll see a noticeable reduction in fine lines, acne, redness, age spots, enlarged pores, and lax skin. That sounds like a lot, right? That’s why most products with this ingredient sell out from our shelves faster than any other, such as Nia 8 Complex, Filler In A Bottle, and Innovative Eye Cream.
Are there any skin types that shouldn't use Niacinamide?
No, any age and skin type will love this ingredient. It’s as versatile as they come, working with both A.M. and P.M routines, and holds up to heat and UV light without losing it’s stability. And if you have sensitive skin and you’re curious about trying retinoids, we actually recommend niacinamide as a gentler first step in order to lessen your skin’s sensitivity and build up tolerance without irritation because of niacinamide’s calming and soothing properties.
What products work best with Niacinamide?
Remember how we said it works best when left on your skin? Think serums like Filler in a Bottle or creams like Advanced Retinol Eye Cream + Niacinamide and Nia 8 Complex. Your skin will have ample opportunity to absorb the benefits with leave on products like this, and you can feel free to pair it with Vitamin C for added antioxidant effect. Just pay close attention to your skin’s sensitivity when doing so.
Here's what we recommend...
If your skin is more mature, we recommend Nia 8 Complex and if your skin is more on the acne prone side, Filler in a Bottle might be your best bet since it is a lighter hyaluronic acid-based moisturizer with niacinamide as its second most powerful ingredient that won't overwhelm your pores.