Ingredient 101 - Niacinamide

The beauty world seems to be changing, we no longer want bold claims and promises from skincare, we want to know what's in it, how it works and the science behind it all. One of my favourite past times is researching ingredients. It's so helpful to know what works for my skin and what doesn't. So I'm back with the next instalment of my Ingredient 101 series. Today we're talking about Niacinamide. Which seems to be a highlighted ingredient in a lot of products recently.

What is Niacinamide?

It's a vitamin, also known as Vitamin B3. Which has many brilliant functions in the body such as brain function, heart and liver function alongside this it has brilliant skincare benefits.

The Benefits of Niacinamide:

Research has shown it's very effective at restoring the skin and has powerful anti ageing properties. It can reduce the appearance of large pores, reduce acne and Rosacea. It also helps improve the skins collagen production, which helps the skin look plumper, firmer and more youthful. As well as all this it can also help improve the skins barrier and protect it from environmental damage.

Who should use it:

Basically, anyone! Although I can only really speak for myself. I have dehydrated skin that is prone to breakouts and my skin has been loving it! I've been searching high and low and I can't find any information that suggests it shouldn't be used in conjunction with specific ingredients either.

My Picks:

Verso Hydration Serum* | £79

This stuff is simply brilliant. This hydrating serum contains the wonder ingredient. alongside Oat Lipids and Oils to hydrate, Vitamin E and fatty acids. All of which make this excellent choice of looking to invest in a product containing Niacinamide. It has a lightweight consistency that instantly absorbs into the skin without leaving a sticky residue. It instantly hydrates my parched skin, leaving it smooth and soft. In terms of the effect of Niacinamide I do really think this has made my skin look better. It helped my redness pigmentation (from old spots) look better. And since using this I haven't had one breakout which is amazing!

The Ordinary Niacinamide | £6

On the other end of the price scale we have this offering from The Ordinary. Which I've been using on and off for a while. And while I do like this, I have to say I prefer the Verso one. I feel like the Verso one is far more hydrating and looks after my skin as a whole. From what I can tell it appears The Ordinary one is aimed at people with oily skin who just want to address that. In terms of results I do think this helped with congestion but it's not quite as powerful as the Verso option.

Overall, Niacinamide is a great ingredient and I've seen great results from it. It's definitely an ingredient to look out for in your skincare.

Have you tried Niacinamide in your skin care, what are your thoughts?

Until next time...

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