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Five Things You Need to Know About Niacinamide

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Niacinamide. Sounds science-y doesn’t it! Don’t be fooled, it’s actually as natural as they come! In fact, it’s actually naturally occurring within our bodies. Here are five things you need to know about this skin superhero, including what it is, how to use it and why it’s a top pick for our #SwisseBeautySquad.

1. What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide is a form of the nutrient, vitamin B3. It’s found in many foods including some meats, fish, eggs, green vegetables, beans and cereal grains. It can also be formed naturally in the body from dietary niacin. Vitamin B3 can also be in supplements. However, more recently, niacinamide has started to make its way into the skincare world due to its impressive benefits when applied topically.


2. What is the difference between vitamin B3, Niacinamide and niacin?

You may have heard of niacin and are wondering if it’s the same thing as Niacinamide. Close, but not quite! You see, they’re actually two different types of vitamin B3. They vary not only in their chemical structure but also their uses. For example, while niacin can cause skin flushing (not exactly the type of rosy glow we’re after!), niacinamide does not — so you’re far more likely to see it in skincare!

3. What are the benefits of Niacinamide for the skin?

Niacinamide has become a bit of a powerhouse in the skincare world, thanks to its many benefits. Firstly, its water-soluble, meaning it can be absorbed well and helps to improve your skin complexion. It also replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier and retention. Both of these factors can lead to a hydrated and healthier complexion.

4. What are the uses of Niacinamide in skincare?

Niacinamide has earned a reputation as a bit of an all-rounder in skincare! Some of the different ways you can use Niacinamide include:

To improve the appearance of dark spots:

In a recent study, participants found that the appearance of their dark spots reduced after just four weeks of using Niacinamide.

To reduce the appearance of pores:

If you feel like your pores are so big they could have their own postcode, you may want to consider adding Niacinamide to your skincare routine! By moisturising and hydrating the skin, it’s thought to help shrink your visible pores.

To improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles:

Ageing is an inevitable part of life, but the look of dry and cracked skin that leads to premature wrinkling doesn’t have to be! Niacinamide helps address this by hydrating the skin.


5. How and when to use Niacinamide

Ready to become besties with vitamin B3? The good news is, as it’s so universally helpful, almost anyone can use it! It’s also suitable to use as part of your morning or evening skincare routine. However, due to its nourishing benefits, many people choose to use it at night — alongside other skincare products like retinol. Using it in the evening also means its benefits can work overtime while you sleep!

If you’re wanting to harness its skin-boosting benefits, it’s best to use it topically through a cream or a serum.

At Swisse, our range of vitamin B3 skincare products make it easy to do just do that — plus, they include other awesome skincare ingredients.

Swisse Skincare Vitamin B3 Blemish Controlling Moisturiser

For a great everyday product, check out the Swisse Skincare Vitamin B3 Blemish Controlling Moisturiser. This oil-free formula featuring Salicyclic Acid is scientifically proven to prevent skin blemishes, as well as Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) shown to minimise oil levels on the skin. It’s a go-to in the Swisse Beauty Sqaud!

Swisse Skincare Hyaluro Natural Boost Serum

Have you tried the Swisse Skincare Hyaluro Natural Boost Serum? This is perfect for anyone who wants a next-level luminous complexion but has been looking for a gentler alternative to hyaluronic acid. This luxe formula pairs Niacinamide with Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil to protect the skin's moisture barrier to deliver a soft, supple and dewy complexion.

Swisse Skincare Blood Orange Brightening Clay Mask

If you’re looking to pamper yourself while also giving your skin a glow-up, you can’t go past the Swisse Skincare Blood Orange Brightening Clay Mask. Combining Yellow Kaolin Clay with Niacinamide, this illuminating clay mask helps to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and texture, protect the skin from free radical damage and brighten the complexion. The result is skin that’s *almost* as bright as your future!

References:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/niacin-flush