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 is it and what does it do for your skin?
- What Does Niacinamide Do For The Skin?
- Best For Oily Skin: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (£5.00)
- Best For Multitasking: Paula’s Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster ($42.00)
- Best For Brightening: Olay Tone Perfection Serum B3 + Vitamin C ($39.99)
- Best For Dry Skin: The Inkey List Niacinamide ($6.99)
- Best For The Eye Area: CeraVe Eye Repair Cream ($15.99)
What Does Niacinamide Do For The Skin?
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:
Related: Spotlight On Niacinamide
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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. All things your skin badly needs. Plus, The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% pairs it with Zinc, another anti-inflammatory that helps reduce the signs of acne, too.
Available at: Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty, Feel Unique, and Ulta
Related: The Complete Guide To The Ordinary Anti-Acne Skincare Products
Best For Multitasking: Paula’s Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster ($42.00)
Don’t know where niacinamide fits into your routine? With Paula’s Choice Resist 10% Niacinamide 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. In case you’re wondering, yes, vitamin C is here too – and you can totally use them together. It’s a myth you can’t – and I’ve debunked it here.
Available at: Dermstore, Nordstrom and Paula’s Choice
Best For Brightening: Olay Tone Perfection Serum B3 + Vitamin C ($39.99)
Can you guess how Olay Tone Perfection Serum B3 + Vitamin C brightens your skin tone? Yep, it uses both niacinamide and vitamin C (again, they CAN be used together). This combo isn’t enough to fade away stubborn dark spots, but it can fade away dark marks left behind by pimples and give your complexion a radiant glow. Plus, panthenol and glycerin give your skin a hydrating boost that plumps skin and makes it look healthy. If you’ve got dull skin, give it a try.
Available at: Target, Ulta, and Walmart
Related: Battle Of The Skin-Lighteners: Which Is The Best Alternative To Hydroquinone?
Best For Dry Skin: The Inkey List Niacinamide ($6.99)
If you’ve got dry skin that needs more help in the moisture department, look no further than The Inkey List Niacinamide. Sure, the huge dollop of niacinamide helps fight wrinkles, treat acne, and brighten the skin tone. But where this serum truly excels is moisturization. On top of hydrating niacinamide, it also has hyaluronic acid to add moisture back into the skin and Squalane to strengthen its protective barrier, preventing water from evaporating out again. I’ve used this all winter long and it helped to keep my skin soft, supple, and healthy.
Available at: Asos, Cult Beauty, and Feel Unique
Related: My Full Review Of The Inkey List Niacinamide
Best For The Eye Area: CeraVe Eye Repair Cream ($15.99)
I don’t believe in using a separate cream for the eye area but I know a lot of you do. If you’re looking for one, Cerave Eye Repair Cream is a great option to consider. It 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: Dermstore, Feel Unique, Ulta and Walmart
Related: CeraVe Eye Repair Full Review
What do you think are the best Niacinamide products? Share your picks in the comments below.