by Grace Min
Niacinamide - you’ve probably seen this buzz word all over the skincare industry. Lucky for us, this isn’t just hype! It’s considered a Holy Grail ingredient and I’ll tell you why.
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide, is a form of Vitamin B3. This antioxidant is famous for its healing, soothing, and anti-aging properties. Not only does niacinamide improve the skin’s barrier to fight environmental damage and repair signs of skin damage, it also visibly minimizes enlarged pores, improves uneven skin tone, brightens, and softens fine lines and wrinkles. What ties it altogether in a nice golden bow, is that niacinamide has been proven to work on almost any skin type and skin concern. We all know everyone has different skin types and different reactions to ingredients, but niacinamide just might be that friend who gets along with everyone.
How Niacinamide Helps
How to Use Niacinamide
The options are endless! Niacinamide is compatible with many active ingredients in your skincare routine including: retinol, vitamin C, peptides, hyaluronic acid, AHAs, and BHAs. It is recommended to use niacinamide in products with a leave-on formula such as toners, serums, and moisturizers.
Since everyone has different skin types, the kind of product you should choose can make a difference.
- For Oily Skin. Look for a water-based, light serum since this skin type is more prone to clogged pores.
- For Dry Skin. Look for a hydrating toner & rich moisturizer with lower concentrations (about 4%) of niacinamide.
- For Sensitive Skin. Many skin types can tolerate 10% niacinamide serum, however there are others where 10% is too strong. It is recommended to dilute one drop into your moisturizer. If you experience any stinging, redness, or small inflamed bumps, stick with a lower percentage that’s <4% concentration. Always start with a lower concentration and work your way up!
Niacinamide is also safe to use during pregnancy.
I can’t wait for you to get your hands on this Holy Grail Ingredient! Your skin will love you for it.
Everyone has their unique skin barrier and conditions. Always consult with your dermatologist & esthetician for what is right for you.