I have my tried and true ingredients that I always look for when buying skin care products: vitamin c, antioxidants, AHAs, and so on. Recently I decided to do some research on niaciniamide and its role in skin care.
Niacinamide is one of those terms that has been floating around the cosmetics industry and into consumer’s subconsciousness for years. Its commercial fame is mostly due to Olay’s Regenerist Line which lists niacinamide as one of its main anti aging fighters. So when I started my research I was pleased to find that this relatively accessible ingredient can do so many great things for the skin:
Paula Begoun, author of The Beauty Bible provides this definition on her site paulaschoice.com :
Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a potent cell-communicating ingredient that offers multiple benefits for aging skin. Assuming skin is being protected from sun exposure, niacinamide can improve skin’s elasticity, dramatically enhance its barrier function, help erase discolorations, and revive skin’s healthy tone and texture.
What’s exciting is that this ingredient is not as harsh as ingredients like AHAs or retinoids but still has some great potential to make and keep skin glowy. Like Paula states, wearing sunscreen and using other ingredients will boost the efficacy and results achieved from niacinamide. It’s an ingredient that is easy to find in both drugstore and high-end products and helps add a punch to even basic moisturizers. I bought CeraVe’s Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM because it contains niacinamide, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid; I apply a thin layer right after washing my face and before I layer other products to seal in moisture.