What does Niacinamide do for your skin?
Hard to pronounce, but easy to use.
Niacinamide is a vitamin from the B3 family. Like I’m known for my sweet-talking, this group of vitamins are known for being soothing and healing. It’s also not the kind of vitamin you eat, babe. This one goes on your skin. Niacinamide in skincare is water-soluble, which means it’s easily absorbed into your skin & body, but leaves your body quickly too. So it needs to be regularly added. Like sugar to your coffee.
Niacinamide can come in toners, serums, and masks, like my Caffeinated Hair Mask.
What are the Niacinamide benefits for your skin?
It’s an ingredient that you’d swipe right, every time. The niacinamide benefits are endless: it works with your skin to strengthen weakened skin, boost moisture, soften fine lines, reduce dullness, help with skin tone & texture, and manage oil production if you’re the oily type.
If you ask me, my favourite Niacinamide benefit is that it improves your skin’s barrier to block dirt and helps repair damage. And that it knows just how to calm a babe down. Which is good if you’ve done your skin dirty, over-exfoliating or using aggressive products.
Who can use Niacinamide?
This super ingredient is good for all skin types & all ages. It’s especially effective for babes who have congested, irritated, or dry skin. It calms redness, so niacinamide + acne are an iconic duo.
Niacinamide can also help your moisturiser work even better. It helps your skin retain moisture, so any moisturising product you use will be even more effective.
Can I mix Niacinamide and retinol? Can I mix Niacinamide and vitamin C?
Yes, babe. Niacinamide is the social butterfly of the friend group; it’s compatible with other activities & plays nicely with your skin products.
You can mix it with vitamin C, retinol, peptides, hyaluronic acid, AHAS, BHA, Lactic acid and antioxidants.
There is some concern on the skincare vine about mixing the niacinamide and vitamin C and creating a new compound: niacin. Fancy word which for some babes can result in niacin flush: skin redness. If you have sensitive skin and are worried about becoming a scientist in your bathroom and creating niacin, alternate the days you use niacinamide and vitamin C. Or make sure to let one fully absorb before using the other.
Do we really need Niacinamide?
Your body doesn’t naturally make niacinamide. Just like it doesn’t naturally make your nails bright pink. But pink nails & niacinamide in your skincare sure makes things look and feel a lot nicer.
Niacinamide for skin is like a hug at the end of a hard day: it makes everything better.
Where can you find Niacinamide products?
Niacinamide is in my Caffeinated Hair Mask. It helps improve the health of hair follicles and reduces scalp irritation. This super ingredient also helps rebuild Keratin proteins, the things that provide protection for your hair.