If you turn your K-Beauty skincare product around and take a quick look at the ingredients, Niacinamide is something that comes up pretty frequently. At first, it sounds like something like a chemical that won't be good for you or your skin. Here's a post thats sole purpose is to tell you otherwise.
Niacin, also known as Nicotinic Acid or Vitamin B3 is something that is found in our food and is considered an essential nutrient for a well-functioning and healthy body. In fact, our brain function, digestive system and nervous system all depend on it. Foods ranging from turkey, salmon and tuna all the way to greens like asparagus are packed with it.
Now that we know Niacin something we ingest regularly, lets talk about its effects on our skin.
Your skin's lipid barrier and its performance is crucial towards your skin's ability to retain moisture. Niacinamide increases the production of ceramides in your skin, which in turn allows your skin to stay hydrated for longer. Once your skin's lipid barrier is performing well, its able to protect itself better from natural aggressors (everything from temperature changes and humidity to chemical substances, UV light and physical pressure). Over a period of using Niacinamide, your skin's structure improves greatly and this helps with redness, blotchiness and sensitivity in your skin.
Now that your skin is able to retain moisture and stay hydrated for longer, the oil flow is more regulated as well. When your skin is oily, a lot of times, its due to the fact that its not hydrated enough and it goes into preservation mode and starts producing even more oil. Instead of washing your face aggressively, which actually makes things worse, the use of Niacinamide can help with maintaining a healthy oil balance.
Another benefit of Niacinamide, which is our personal favorite, is its brightening properties. When you get a tan, whats actually happening is that melanocytes (which are melanin producing cells) transfer pigment to the surrounding skin of your epidermis. Over time, this activity doesn't work as efficiently any more and that is when you notice spots and pigmentation instead of an even tan. Niacinamide slows down this transfer of melanin, which in turn helps with reducing the pigmentation in your skin.
We all know how important collagen product is to maintain elasticity and firmness in our skin, and Niacinamide boosts the production of collagen. Result: Skin that is more firm and plump! And that's not all! If you're suffering from dull skin that lacks radiance, this ingredient is here to help. Big time.
Next time you pick up a product, look for this ingredient. Its safe and even breastfeeding moms are able to use products containing Niacinamide.
Here are a few product recommendations we would like to make, all containing this ah-mazing ingredient:
If you want to test out the ingredient first, check out some of our sheet masks to see the effects of Niacinamide:
Let us know if you've tried any of these products. If you want to discuss your skin type and find out what could be a good product for you, shoot us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd be happy to help you find your perfect product!
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