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Feature Ingredient: Niacinamide (B3)

What is it?

Niacinamide is also referred to as Vitamin B3 or nicotinamide. This water-soluble vitamin is present in both plants and animals and is considered essential for our bodies. It is particularly notable for its adaptability to various skin types and skin issues.

What is the benefits in skincare products?

  • helps visibly reduce enlarged pores

  • improves dull and uneven skin tone

  • boost skin hydration

  • strengthen skin barrier

  • helps mitigate negative effects of environmental stressors

  • helps visibly repair damage from UV light

  • stable compounds in the presence of heat and light.

  • supports healthy skin cells

  • younger looking skin

  • energy for cells

Improving the skin's texture, elasticity, tone, and overall look depends on the upkeep of healthy cells. Vitamin B3 is crucial for generating cellular energy, which is necessary for metabolic processes in mitochondrial respiration and aging. Proper energy production supports effective cell division and operation. Low levels of Vitamin B3 can hinder DNA repair, causing DNA damage. When the skin is dehydrated and dry, it is likely that cellular energy levels are inadequate, resulting in a visibly aged, lackluster, and less radiant appearance.

Added moisture

Niacinamide, or Vitamin B3, is a potent antioxidant that strengthens the skin's protective barrier against dehydration and moisture loss by stimulating the natural production of ceramides. As essential fatty acids like ceramides decline with time, the skin becomes vulnerable to various environmental issues, from dry, flaky skin to heightened sensitivity and persistent dry patches.

Unlike Vitamin C, niacinamide remains stable even when exposed to heat and light, making it a reliable anti-aging ingredient. Niacinamide also enhances the skin's barrier function and aids in repairing signs of previous damage. It can boost the skin's surface hydration to prevent moisture loss (TEWL).

Minimizes enlarged pores

Niacinamide is well-known for its effectiveness in reducing the appearance of enlarged pores. It functions by controlling blocked pores, thus preventing the buildup of oil and debris that can lead to obstructions and give rise to a bumpy, irregular skin texture commonly known as "orange peel skin".

Brightens skin

Discolorations and an uneven skin tone result from an overproduction of melanin that becomes visible on the skin's surface. Niacinamide operates through multiple pathways to prevent new discolorations from forming and diminish existing skin pigmentations, resulting in a more uniform skin tone.

It is effective when used in combination with Vitamin C, licorice, and retinol.

How to use Niacinamide?

For enhanced results, Niacinamide should be combined with peptides, hyaluronic acids, vitamin C, and retinol. A multifaceted approach to skincare is crucial as the skin requires a variety of nutrients to thrive. Just like a balanced diet, relying solely on one nutrient like kale would lead to malnourishment, as the body needs a diverse range of healthy foods to sustain itself. It's important to remember that our skin is the largest organ in our body.

Potential side effects

While Niacinamide is generally well-tolerated, it may cause skin flushing in some individuals when applied topically or taken as a supplement. The likelihood of flushing increases with higher levels of free niacin, but is less likely at lower niacin levels. Studies indicate that tolerance to niacinamide can develop quickly.

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