Ingredient Spotlight — Niacinamide

In the skincare world, it’s common knowledge that vitamins offer the skin a plethora of benefits and there’s almost a complete consensus of Vitamin C being the queen of vitamins.

However her lesser known cousin, Vitamin B3, is another in the family that should be sharing that title with Vitamin C. Here’s the breakdown:

Vitamin B3 is a versatile water-soluble vitamin that has direct benefits for almost every skin concern and skin type.

For Your Pores

This ingredient right here helps minimize enlarged pores and maintain regular pore size because of its normalizing ability on the pore lining. That basically means it plays a key role in keeping debris out of the pores, and hence helps prevent them from filling up and expanding.

The second way it helps maintain pore size is by helping your skin retain its supportive elements that protect it against sun damage which, you guessed it, contributes to enlarged pores.

For Dry Skin

If you suffer from dry skin, applying niacinamide with or before a moisturizer will help increase the hydrating ability of the moisturizer and hence help your skin resist moisture loss which leads to that uncomfortable dry, flaky feeling.

It also improves your skin’s production of ceramides, which are key ingredients needed in making your skin strong and moisture loss resistant.

For Your Skin Barrier

Niacinamide reduces the impact of environmental damage by strengthening your skin barrier which is your first line of defense. By strengthening your skin barrier, it also gives your skin the safe space it needs to heal itself from past damage.

What this means overall

Besides the benefits already described, once you have those ( smaller pores, hydrated skin, strong skin barrier), niacinamide also indirectly helps even out skin tone, soften fine lines and generally prevent your skin from becoming dull and older-looking.

Don’t be too concerned about how to add it to your routine. Niacinamide can be found in many products from toners to serums and is uniquely compatible with a wide range of ingredients you may already have in your routine such as retinols, AHAs, BHAs and its cousin Vitamin C.

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