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Niacinamide – What is it?
A water-soluble vitamin (B3) found naturally in yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and cereal grains.
Niacinamide – Skin benefits
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is known to enhance the skin’s barrier function and offers a variety of benefits for aging skin. Among the benefits:
Visibly reduces pores (yes! I have seen this after using a product just a couple of times!)
Evens out skin tone, reducing blotchiness
Improving fine lines
Strengthens skin's surface
Other than the “fine lines” point, I can say “YES!! I have benefited from ALL of these!” Perhaps having fine lines isn’t yet an issue because the Niacinamide (and other ingredients too of course) have inhibited the potential increase and deepening of the lines I already have. Who knows! Either way, it is incredibly satisfying to see results.
I forgot to mention that it’s good with protecting the skin from environmental stressors too.
Incorporating Niacinamide into your routine
Since I use serums, I use it after toning in my serum stage. Currently, I am back to using The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. I use it in the evening with a hydrating serum more specifically the Verde London Daily Hydrating Serum. Since the Verde serum is more like a light lotion I use the Niacinamide first since it’s thinner.
Incorporating it into my routine to begin with was tricky. Not because of the product but because of the overall layering that was taking place in my routine. The Ordinary Niacinamide, I found, was prone to pilling if not applied in a certain way. As long as I left about 30 seconds between its application and another product, all would be dandy. In any case, it taught me to have patience in my routine, and truly invest in the time I was giving myself.
I attribute the brightening, evening and banishing of my skin discolouration to Niacinamide.
Hands down. Yes, I tried a lot of different ingredients initially, but Niacinamide was the only ingredient consistent in my routine. My other faves, came in here and there, but good old Niacinamide I put in immediately and just didn’t stop. My skin brightened within weeks. Pigmentation disappeared and there was just something different about my complexion. In my humble opinion, every other fave simply enhanced and maintained the change. I love it!
Key Points - the round up
Here’s what I wrote in my notes, back in 2016 when me and Niacinamide became besties:
Mitigates environmental damages
Visibly reduces pore size & uneven skin tone
Anti-inflammatory - good with blemishes
Products mentioned in the video
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Quick reminder on this mini series
I’ll be uploading a series of videos about skincare ingredients that I love to include in my routine. They might be in one specific product or in many across the various steps of my routine.
I have dehydrated skin and, before using these ingredients, I had hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin-tone. I also didn't know how to manage or treat blemishes (unless you consider picking and squeezing them a remedy!).
The videos include brief reviews on the original products I used and any I have used since then. I talk about short term and long term results, price points and what I like or don’t like about them.
Since I used ingredients that were specific to my concerns, I believe that all of them contributed to the long term results, hence calling them my favourites.
These blog posts go into a little bit more detail on the ingredients themselves and how they work with our skins. I hope you enjoy the videos, and find these supplementary blog posts useful!
*As with all my posts across social media, I would like to remind you that I am not a skincare expert. All information that I share I have acquired through research, and will include sources on my blog posts. All opinions are my own and I will specify where otherwise.