Niacinamide; A worthy addition to your skincare regime?

There are numerous ‘hero’ beauty products currently circulating, frequently hailed as ‘must- haves’. For many of us, the time and effort put into our beauty and skincare regimes has increased during lockdown. Not only has there been more time to perfect one’s routine without the rush, there has also been an opportunity to discover more about the widely celebrated options available.

The hype that surrounds the various oils, acids and serums available right now is by no means undeserved. However, no matter the promises they make, these products are not all suitable for everyone. Enter niacinamide; the ingredient which has been deemed a multitasker, able to tackle an impressive range of skincare woes simultaneously.

What is it and what does it do? Niacinamide is one of two types of vitamin B3. It is an anti-inflammatory which can be used on dry, oily and combination skin. Some of the many benefits of using niacinamide as a skin supplement include: Creating a barrier function for your skin which means that while moisture is retained, pollution is kept out. As an anti-inflammatory, niacinamide is known to be extremely effective in reducing redness from eczema and acne. Equally, the moisturising effects of the vitamin means that over time, pore size is reduced and oil regulation is improved. If these benefits are not already enough, niacinamide can also protect skin from sun damage by rebuilding healthy skin cells and reduce signs of ageing by minimising the appearing of lines and wrinkles.

How do I use it and where can I get it? Niacinamide can be used alongside other active ingredients to obtain the best results. As a serum it is most effective when used after toning and before moisturising. A niacinamide serum is most suitable for those with oilier skin, whereas for dry skin it will work best in the form of a moisturiser with a lower concentration. The cherry on top of this already rather impressive cake is that niacinamide products can be bought for as little as £5 from The Ordinary and £6.99 from The Inkey List. Therefore, if this all seems too good to be true, the price is worth the risk to trial niacinamide for yourself.

By Sophie Easton