We don’t know about you, but we’re always on the lookout for the next big ‘IT’ ingredient in skincare that will keep our skin healthy, glowing and free from pesky spots. While we have some major players in the genre that help deal with a variety of skin concerns, using multiple products to solve different skin problems can be daunting. But what if we tell you that there is one such ingredient that can take care of most of your skin issues? We’re talking about niacinamide.
What is Niacinamide?
Don’t feel intimidated by its name! Simply put, niacinamide, is the amide form of niacin or vitamin B3. It helps absorb sebum and strengthens the skin barrier, while acting as an anti-inflammatory. In addition, it works to fade pigmentation, even out skin tone and enhance the skin's elasticity. This vitamin is stable and non-irritating with a neutral pH, thus making it suitable for all skin types.
Since our body doesn't produce this essential vitamin, it is important to incorporate it into your daily routine. While it exists in certain foods such as animal food sources, whole wheats, rice, avocado and peanuts, applying it topically is most effective as it has the capability to penetrate rapidly and deeply into the skin. Since it is water-soluble, you will typically find it in water-based serums, face mists, gel moisturizers, etc.
7 Skin Benefits of Niacinamide
So, now that you’ve got a quick gist as to how amazing this vitamin is, here are a few of its skin benefits that we feel you ought to know!
1. Controls Excess Oil And Reduces The Appearance Of Pores
Oily skin and enlarged pores are always a hot topic! When your skin produces excess oil, it collects in your pores and stretches them out.
One of niacinamide’s greatest strengths is its ability to regulate oil (sebum) production. By doing so, it visibly reduces the shine on your face and makes your pores look smaller. What more can you ask for?
2. Clears Breakouts and Acne
Excess oil production is one of the major causes of breakouts. By keeping the sebum levels in control, niacinamide can make a huge impact on blemishes. Since it also has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, it can be beneficial for those dealing with mild-to-moderate acne.
Fun Fact: It’s a lot gentler on your skin than acids, retinoids or benzoyl peroxide!
3. Promotes Skin Brightening
Don’t we all want that natural glow? This powerful ingredient is another worthy contender to get glowing skin apart from your famous vitamin C.
To break it down, vitamin C works to block excess production of pigment while niacinamide stops the transfer of this pigment from melanin-producing cells to our skin cells. You can use both together or individually. Either way, they help in the long-term to tackle dark circles, acne spots, dull skin and melasma.
4. Reduces Signs of Aging
Youthful, younger-looking skin? Sign us up, please! Niacinamide inhibits the protein glycation of collagen, which is a normal process in the body that occurs with age and creates more rigid collagen fibers. By doing so, it helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
5. Combats Dry Skin
If you’re questioning how this vitamin helps with oil control and dryness, well, let us enlighten you. Niacinamide helps increase natural production of a category of lipids called ceramides, which are also known as natural moisturizers of the skin. In doing so, it offers a boost of hydration to your skin thus keeping dryness at bay.
So, if you’re looking to replace your skincare products infused with hyaluronic acid, opting for niacinamide is a great option, especially as it offers many other skincare benefits.
6. Strengthens Skin Barrier And Reduces Inflammation
If you’re someone who struggles with skin dryness, sensitivity or inflammatory skin conditions, you need to include niacinamide into your skincare routine.
By increasing the production of ceramides, retaining moisture and decreasing inflammation, this ingredient works to fortify your skin's barrier. It is particularly helpful for those suffering from rosacea as it soothes redness.
7. Protects Against UV Damage
If you're a fan of soaking up some sun but hate the impact it has on your skin, niacinamide has your back. It helps prevent skin damage from harmful UV rays and heals any sun spots.
How do I use niacinamide?
The key to reaping complete benefits of niacinamide lies in choosing the right product. For best results, opt for a leave-on formula such as the Bravocado Intense Brightening Treatment or the Mama Cica Oil Control Overnight Mask. You can also spritz on the Mama Cica Rejuvenating Face Mist for a quick burst of hydration while you are on-the-go! If you are dealing with dark circles, you can't go wrong with the Mama Cica Dark Circle Fading Under Eye Cream.
There’s no reason you need to wait to add this ingredient to your skincare arsenal! If you have any questions about these products, feel free to leave your queries in the comments below so that we can get back to you.