The Ordinary's powerful Niacimanide serum | Source: Getty

Do You Need To Add Niacinamide to Your Skincare Routine?

If you’re into your skincare then you have probably heard the word Niacinamide floating around. The essential nutrient that claims to help with all sorts of skin issues seems to be on everyone’s lips lately. But what really is Niacinamide and how can it help your skin? Well, it turns out quite a lot. Let’s dive into everything you need to know about this beloved ingredient.

What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide is a type of Vitamin B3 or nicotinamide. The nutrient actively builds new proteins and cells, protects your skin from external pollutants and reduces inflammation. These activities can help your skin fight a number of common skincare concerns and improve the overall appearance of your skin.

What does Niacinamide do for your skin?

Niacinamide can be used to manage pore size, rosacea, acne, pigmentation and wrinkles. This is done through the nutrient’s ability to build the protein known as keratin. Keratin helps improve your skin’s overall health, elasticity and moisture which ultimately results in better-looking skin.

But this is not all that the nutrient does. Niacidnamide can help with everything from protection against sun damage to treating hyperpigmentation and signs of aging. Within a few uses, your skin will benefit from reduced redness and inflammation, oil regulation, increased moisture and protection against environmental pollution and toxins.

Basically, Niacinamide is going to help almost all of your skin concerns.

What skin types should use Niacinamide?

One of the best things about Niacinamide is that it’s suitable for almost every skin type, even the more sensitive ones. Many dermatologists actually recommend Niacinamide to people whose skin is too sensitive to get the benefits of Vitamin C and other nutrients that can possibly irritate some skin types.

How do I use Niacinamide?

You can apply Niacinamide topically or orally. You’re likely to get faster benefits from applying the nutrient topically but there is no right or wrong way to do it. Following the sudden burst in popularity of the nutrient, Niacinamide now comes in the form of masks, toners, creams, and most commonly serums.

It’s a good idea to look for topical products that contain around 2 percent Niacinamide. It’s very safe to go up to 10 percent but there’s no need to use anything higher than that. Sometimes, products containing higher levels of Niacinamide can cause irritation.

What can I pair Niacinamide with?

Niacinamide is a gentle nutrient and can be used alongside almost every other active. This means that you can incorporate the nutrient into your existing morning or night skincare routine without worrying about any skin flare-ups or reactions.

The nutrient works particularly well with salicylic acid by keeping your pores clean and by therefore reducing the potential for breakouts. Another recommended pairing for Niacinamide is hyaluronic acid. The two power nutrients work together to combat dryness and increase hydration.

The only pairing that dermatologists aren’t quite sure about is niacinamide and Vitamin C. If you’re going to use these two nutrients in the same skincare routine then it’s recommended that you space out the applications at least 15 minutes apart.

Our favourite Niacinamide skincare products

You can’t go wrong with any product from The Ordinary. This serum contains a powerful combination of Niacinamide and Zinc to reduce skin imperfections. You can buy this Niacinamide serum from any Priceline store for AU$9.90.

Another favoured Niacinamide skincare serum is this Niacinamide booster from Paula’s Choice. Containing a combination of 10% Niacinamide and Vitamin B5, the serum can be used on all skin types. You can buy this product for AU$62.00 from the Paula’s Choice online store or Amazon.

If you’re looking for something a little gentler than a serum then you can get all the benefits of Niacinamide in this CeraVe moisturising lotion that also contains the added benefits of 3 essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid. You can buy this product from Amazon for AU$33.00.

If masks are more your thing then we recommend going with this ultra-hydrating Niacinamide mask from Drunk Elephant. With the addition of ceramides and Vitamin F, this mask is designed to give your skin the powerful boost of hydration that it needs. You can buy this mask from Mecca for AU$74.

If you’re looking for more ways to elevate your skincare routine then you can read all about the best anti-aging products, the power of retinol and clean beauty brands while you’re here.

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