Niacinamide Is the One Essential Ingredient Your Skin Care Routine Is Missing
We already briefed you on the benefits of products formulated with different ingredients such as vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and other skin-loving ingredients. There is, however, one ingredient that we have yet to discuss with you in full detail: niacinamide. We know, we know, its name sounds like a complicated chemical, but don’t be fooled. Otherwise known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is an important nutrient that’s known to help provide benefits within the skin care world. Ahead, we give you the scoop on niacinamide—plus, some of our favorite products that are formulated with it…so you can see what the hype is all about for yourself!
What Is Niacinamide?
According to board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Dendy Engelman, niacinamide assists in reducing the look of hyperpigmentation, and can be found in a wide range of skin care products from cleansers to moisturizers. The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that when applied topically, niacinamide can also have a stabilizing effect on the surface skin’s barrier function, which is seen as a reduction in moisture loss and an improvement in moisture content. (The math is easy: less moisture loss = less dry skin.) In visibly aging skin, topical application of niacinamide can help improve the appearance of your skin’s surface by helping smooth the appearance of noticeable wrinkles.
What’s more, some clinical studies have revealed a variety of visible skin appearance improvement effects for topical niacinamide. These can include: reductions in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improved skin firmness. Now do you see why it’s called a jack of all trades? Or rather, why it’s such a must-have in a skin care routine?
Who Should Use Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is a great ingredient for all of use, whether you need to increase skin hydration or if you suffer from redness and inflammation from a weakened skin barrier. If fine lines and wrinkles are a concern, then niacinamide will be a great fit for your skincare routine as well. One major factor that can makes wrinkles and fine lines appear more pronounced is dehydration, and niacinamide skin care products can help hydrate your parched skin.
Where Can You Find Niacinamide?
Although this ingredient sounds complex, it’s actually very easy to find. There are tons of products on the market, most commonly serums and creams, that are formulated with this popular skin care ingredient.
PRODUCTS FORMULATED WITH NIACINAMIDE
Assuming you’re as impressed with niacinamide’s benefits as we are, you probably want to start incorporating it into your routine. Below, we share our favorite products—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—that are formulated with niacinamide.
SKINCEUTICALS METACELL RENEWAL B3
Specifically formulated to correct early symptoms of photoaging—think: discoloration, loss of surface elasticity, fine lines, and overall dull skin tone—this comprehensive daily emulsion combines a maximized concentration of 5% niacinamide with a 2.5% tightening tripeptide concentrate. The formula simultaneously enhances cellular turnover and retightens skin’s surface for a visible reduction in fine lines, refined skin texture, and an increase in firmness. As if that’s not enough, Metacell Renewal B3 is optimized in a high-potency fresh emulsion with 15% glycerin to attract and retain intense, bright hydration in skin.
SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3, $110 MSRP
SKINCEUTICALS DISCOLORATION DEFENSE
This serum targets visible discoloration for brighter-looking skin. Formulated with a synergistic blend of hydrating niacinamide, tranexamic acid, kojic acid, and sulfonic acid, this skin care cocktail can visibly reduce the size and intensity of discoloration and dark spots. It also helps improve the overall clarity of your skin for a more radiant, even complexion.
SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense, $98 MSRP
LA ROCHE-POSAY TOLERIANE PURIFYING FOAMING CLEANSER
This daily face wash for normal to oily skin effectively cleanses skin and removes excess oil. Not only is it formulated with niacinamide, La Roche-Posay Prebiotic Thermal Water, ceramide-3, and glycerin also make a cameo. The result? Skin that looks and feels fresh and clean.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cleanser, $14.99 MSRP
LA ROCHE-POSAY TOLERIANE HYDRATING GENTLE CLEANSER
For skin that feels clean, hydrated, and comfortable, look no further than this daily cream cleanser that gently cleanses while retaining essential skin moisture. It’s suited for normal to dry skin and is formulated with La Roche-Posay Prebiotic Thermal Water, ceramide-3, niacinamide (duh), and glycerin.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser, $14.99 MSRP