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?
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
1. Best For Dry Skin: Nia24 Skin Strengthening Complex ($93.00)
Nia24 Skin Strengthening Complex 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: Dermstore
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. 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.
3. 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.
Related: CeraVe Eye Repair Full Review
4. Best For Dark Spots: Olay Pro-X Even Tone Spot Fading Treatment ($29.80)
Looking for a gentler alternative to hydroquinone? Niacinamide’s it. Plus, Olay Pro-X Even Tone Spot Fading 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. In plain English, it stops your skin from producing too much melanin. Together, they make a powerful combo.
Available at: Walmart
5. 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.
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