April 10, 2024

What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide or vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin which is an anti-aging agent with remarkable skin compatibility. Niacinamide is particularly great because of its anti-inflammatory effects, making it great for lots of different skin concerns, like ageing, dryness, sensitivity, and acne.

What are the benefits of Niacinamide for your skin?

Niacinamide has a wide range of other benefits for your skin, like increased moisture retention, improved barrier function, reduction of inflammation, enhanced collagen synthesis, and skin brightening. It’s mostly found in anti-aging products, formulations for dry and sensitive skin, as well as skin brightening treatments.

Niacinamide improves the skin barrier function by reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL). This barrier enhances your skin's inherent ability to retain moisture and maintain hydration levels, which results in increased elasticity, improved skin texture, and a reduction in pore size, creating a much smoother and more youthful complexion.

Niacinamide also helps reduce skin irritation redness, making it perfect for people with sensitive skin. It helps to strengthen your skin's natural defences, making it more resilient to both environmental aggressors and external stressors.

Niacinamide also stimulates something called collagen synthesis in aged fibroblasts, which leads to firmer and more supple skin over time. It also promotes skin brightening and lightening by reducing pigmentation and age spots, which results in a more even and radiant complexion.

Interestingly, Niacinamide has also been shown to offer a "warming up effect" by stimulating micro-circulation and increasing blood flow to the skin, which can also help to improve your skin’s health and vitality.

Where can I find it in VOTARY skincare?