Skingredient Spotlight: Niacinamide

Here’s everything you need to know!

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Skincare ingredients have become a popular topic of conversation among beauty gurus over the last five years. From Hyaluronic Acid to Retinol, and Vitamin C to Glycolic Acid, beauty terms are being thrown around as if we all suddenly have a degree in skincare – we don’t.

So if you’re like us and really haven’t a clue when it comes to skincare but want to know more then pay attention. We’re about to put a spotlight on some of the most important skingredients to have in your routine over the next few weeks starting with what many call an absolute “powerhouse” – Niacinamide.

What is it?

Niacinamide is one of the most Googled skingredients out there due to its multitasking ability and wondrous properties for when your skin decides to have a terrible twos tantrum. It is also known as Vitamin B3, a skincare active that brightens, reduces redness, prevents wrinkles, reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, curbs the production of oil and strengthens the skin’s barrier.

Niacinamide is water soluble meaning it can’t be stored in the body and must be replenished regularly through food (greens, poultry and eggs) and through using targeted skincare products.

How do I use it?

Any and all skin types can benefit from using Niacinamide, it’s one of those ingredients that can fix or help prevent just about everything. You should ideally use it both in the morning and evening for maximum benefit and opting for serums and moisturisers that can be left on are best to absorb the maximum amount possible into the skin, unlike a cleanser which gets washed off immediately.

What other ingredients can I mix it with?

Unlike with retinol and Vitamin C, Niacinamide plays well with pretty much all other ingredients and can be a godsend when it comes to harsher skingredients like Retinol. A truly great addition to everyone’s skincare routine.

When should I see results?

Depending on how severe your skin is, results should start to appear after two – four weeks generally, with increased improvement the longer you use the product.

Some of our favourite Niacinamide products

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops, €35.96

The Inkey List Niacinamide Serum, €9.99

Sunday Riley B3 Nice 10% Niacinamide Serum, €64

Byoma Brightening Serum, €16.99

Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2%