As makeup, skincare also has its trends in terms of popular ingredients. Some are a bit more popular than others and stick around away longer past its trend like retinol and hyaluronic acid. Others not so much, like snail mucin, although it’s still really popular in some countries I think that are other ingredients currently stealing the show like Niacinamide which I feel it’s everywhere these days along with AHA’s and BHA’s.
And what is Niacinamide?
It’s a powerful antioxidant and for that an amazing anti-aging ingredient. It’s also known as Vitamin B3 and is particularly beneficial for every skin type, it improves the appearance of large pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and dullness. It fights free radicals and it’s stable under the heat and light which makes it a good ingredient to have in your morning serum and SPF.
Due to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties (some doctors prescribe Vitamin B3 supplements to treat heart disease and cholesterol) it helps to treat acne and other inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.There’s also evidence showing it to stimulate skin cells to produce collagen which is great because we decrease collagen production with the years and it’s one of the major causes for skin aging and ir also helps prevent moisture loss by increasing the production of ceramides.
So as you see Niacinamide is a great all around ingredient for acne and anti aging and it seems to be present in many formulations these days. Personally I’m using it everyday and combined with hyaluronic acid it has helped my skin tremendously when it comes to dehydration. The only time my skin flaked due to being dehydrated was when I went to Prague and it was -3 degrees.
I’m currently using the Lucent Facial Concentrate by Aesop, a lightweight serum that helps to boost moisture levels due to its high content of Niacinamide and Rosa Damascena Flower oil. Helps to balance my sebum production and it keeps my skin shine-free for longer without it being super mate or feeling suffocated which I always think matifying products make me feel.
At £77 it’s not the most affordable serum out there but it contains 60ml, making it a really good value if you think that a serum normally contains 30ml, this one comes out at less than £40 for 30ml which I quite an acceptable price for a good serum.
The one I have it’s almost an empty and next I will try The Ordinary’s Niacinamide + Zinc and shall report about it in due time.
Let me know if you’ve tried any products containing Niacinamide and which is your favorite, I’m always in the lookout for products with good ingredients.