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What The Heck Is Niacinamide and Why You Need It

It's a mouthful, but keep it at the back of your hand, because this power ingredient is going to be EVERYWHERE. Is this the next retinol?

If you didn’t know this already, UV rays are literally cancer to our skin. In the short term, they can cause age spots, freckles and hyper-pigmentation. We’ve always talked a whole lot about sunscreen and the importance of it, especially after using acids on your face. Even though it plays a big part in keeping our skin nice and even, turns out, there’s a vitamin that can be topically applied to help you with UV protection: niacinamide.

Niacinamide is a derivative of the Vitamin B3 that suppresses melanin from from reaching the surface of the skin and protects the skin from further UV damage. Its other benefits include boosting the immunity of your skin, retaining moisture, reducing redness and sensitivity, all while brightening and and smoothening away fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps with acne and the healing of scars. Hear it from PR executives themselves.

There’s a misconception on the interwebs that vitamin C – or ascorbic acid – and niacinamide shouldn’t be used together because of the concern with a conversion process of niacinamide turning into nicotine. Eww, what? According to Paula’s Choice Skincare, however, it can only happen at high heat for a long period of time. So, don’t worry about mixing these two ingredients together, because it’ll actually provide a huge amount of benefit for your skin.

The most well-known product that contains niacinamide is this one from The Ordinary. It’s super wallet-friendly, and does exactly as it claims. The only downside? It might be too strong if you have very sensitive skin. If that’s the case, look for one that has niacinamide further down the ingredient list, like this serum from 111 Skincare. To give you a couple more options, we’ve compiled a list of other products that contain this miracle-working ingredient in its formula. Niacinamide – it’s the next retinol, we tell ya.

MZ Skin Hydra Lift Golden Facial Treatment Mask x 5

Eve Lom Daily Protection + SPF50

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Overnight Serum

Oskia Citylife Anti-Pollution Beautifying Facial Mist

Natura Bissé Diamond Instant Glow

Lancer Radiance Awakening Mask Intense

111 Skin Y Lift Neck & Décolletage Serum


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