Niacinamide/Vitamin B3 - do you use it daily? No matter your skin type or issue, it's an ingredient that will most probably help yet it's quite an unsung hero! Everyone raves about the benefits of retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid (with great reason) but I promise that adding some niacinamide to your routine will reap rewards. I also want to share my two favourite products with you.
I have dry skin, which is also sensitive/reactive and niacinamide really is the dream ingredient for my skin. It helps to strengthen the skin's barrier by increasing ceramide production, which helps my skin to retain moisture, prevents flaky patches and helps to improve the appearance of fine lines. But even if you don't have dry skin and don't have to worry about flaky patches, this ingredient will be beneficial because it brightens the skin (by gently resurfacing), improves hyperpigmentation (from sun damage or acne scarring) and the appearance of pores - told you it's a wonder ingredient. If you don't have any of these concerns, I salute you! It's also extremely gentle, which is why all skin types can use it.
It can be used in conjunction with lots of other ingredients including AHAs, Vitamin C and retinol (obviously not all at the same time), which is why I think it should be part of your daily routine. There are a number of ways to introduce it into your routine and my preferred way is in the form of a serum. My two top picks are: Alpha-H Vitamin B and Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster.
The Alpha-H product also contains copper tripeptide ( to encourage collagen production), ferulic acid (which improves uneven skin tone) and chia seed (an anti-oxidant, which protects against free radicals). It is used after cleansing/toning/misting and before moisturising by applying a few drops to the face and neck and massaging into the skin. It instantly soothes the skin and makes it feel more comfortable. It has a slight herbal/medicinal scent but don't let that put you off as it soon dissipates. With consistent use, skin is plump and without signs of inflammation.
The Paula's Choice product can be used alone as a serum, mixed with another serum or mixed with a moisturiser. It can also be taken up to the eye areas whereas the Alpha-H one can't. Despite the fact that it can be used with other products, I have not found it to pill at all and makeup applies well over it. It is fragrance-free, which is a real bonus. I find that with consistent use, this product really strengthens my skin - it feels more resilient, less reactive and bouncier.
Is niacinamide part of your daily routine? (And not just from a bowl of rice crispies!) If not, have I convinced you to add it in?
Both products are available to purchase from Cult Beauty.
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