And the winner for “Most Versatile Skincare Ingredient Is….. Niacinamide!”
“Thank you, thank you,” Niacinamide says as it receives the award, “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Olay, which believed in me from the start and gave me my first gig. I’d also like to thank Paula’s Choice, The Ordinary and all the other brands that have given me a place of honour in their formulations. It’s a pleasure to work with you and help your customers reduce their wrinkles, fade their dark spots and soothe their irritations. Let’s keep up the good work! Thank you, everyone.”
Awww, it’s so sweet to see Niacinamide get the recognition it deserves. But,
What Does Niacinamide Do For The Skin Exactly?
Plenty of things:
- It hydrates skin: it’s more effective than petrolatum at preventing water loss
- It soothes skin: it alleviates the symptoms of rosacea and irritations
- It lightens skin: it reduces dark spots, blotchiness (redness) and sallowness (yellowing)
- It helps treat wrinkles: preliminary research shows it can boost the production of skin-firming collagen
- It treats acne: its effects are similar to those of 1% clindamycin gel
Awesome, isn’t it? So, where do you get your niacinamide fix? Take a look below for the best skincare products with niacinamide:
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1. Best For Dry Skin: Nia24 Skin Strengthening Complex ($93.00)
This doesn’t have “normal” niacinamide. It has Pro-Niacin, ie niacinamide married to a fatty acid. On the label, it’s called myristyl nicotinate. It does the same thing, including fading dark spots. But where this cream excels is fixing your skin’s protective barrier. It has ceramides and squalane to strenghten it against environmental damage, hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture and plenty of antioxidants to fight premature wrinkles. Available at Skinstore.
2. Best For Oily Skin: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (£5.00)
Let’s be clear: niacinamide isn’t a miracle cure for oily skin or acne. But, it can soothe the redness, help pimples heal faster and fade away those little dark spots they sometimes leave behind as an unwanted parting gift. Zinc is another anti-inflammatory, so it helps reduce the signs of acne, too. Available at Asos.
3. Best For The Eye Area: CeraVe Eye Repair Cream ($15.49)
I don’t believe in using a separate cream for the eye area but I know a lot of you do. This one contains ceramides to strengthen your skin’s protective barrier, hyaluronic acid to add moisture and a few antioxidants to prevent wrinkles. The texture’s on the thick side but that’s the norm with most eye creams. Available at Walmart.
4. Best For Dark Spots: Olay Pro-X Even Skin Tone Spot Fading Treatment ($44.99)
Looking for a gentler alternative to hydroquinone? Niacinamide’s it. Plus, this treatment also has undecylenoyl phenylalanine, a new skin lightener discovered by Proctor & Gamble. It treats skin discolorations and brown spots by inhibiting melanotropin, which controls tyrosinase activity, melanin synthesis and melanosome. A powerful combo. Available at Ulta.
5. Best For Multitasking: Paula’s Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster ($42.00)
Don’t know where niacinamide fits into your routine? With this booster, it can fit anywhere! Just pour 3 or 4 drops into your fave serum or moisturizer to supercharge it and you’re good to go. Plus, in true Paula Choice’s style, the booster is full of antioxidants to help you keep those pesky premature wrinkles at bay, too. Available at Nordstrom and Look Fantastic.
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