There are many serums on the market that promise to soften your lines, wrinkles, plump up your skin and make it look youthful. Some are really good whilst others just don’t live up to their promises. Enter Niacinamide serum which has the potential to change your skin for the better.
Niacin, also known as vitamin B3 and is found in many supplements, is converted into niacinamide which helps in the manufacture of enzymes that release cellular energy and break down fats more efficiently. Your digestive system, nervous system and brain function all depend upon adequate levels of niacinamide.
As important as it is to the body, niacinamide is often added in many serums and creams because it is a Herculean multitasker which tackles fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, melasma, acne, oily skin and uneven skin tone. Yet niacinamide very rarely takes centre stage in anti-ageing skincare even though there is a lot of research to back up its wide variety of skincare benefits and claims.
Niacinamide serum for acne
If you suffer from acne, introducing a niacinamide serum into your regimen will be of great value. Several studies indicate that niacinamide helps reduce the severity of moderate inflammatory acne. Skin requires hydration and also needs a healthy lipid barrier. Niacinamide appears to regulate oil production which helps to get excess oil production under control.
Niacinamide serum for wrinkles
Niacinamide has been shown to increase protein synthesis, boost collagen and elastin production, enhances ceramide production and on ageing skin helps improve skin’s surface and texture whilst helping to smooth out wrinkles. Skin functions correctly when its outer lipid barrier is at its peak. This lipid barrier helps retain moisture, prevents dehydration and loss of moisture, keeps it hydrated for longer and protects skin against the ravages of the environment irrespective of the time of the year. By maintaining a healthy lipid barrier, niacinamide is without doubt an excellent anti-ageing ingredient which may be used on its own or added to your favourite moisturiser.
Niacinamide serum for hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation arises as a result of enhanced production and uneven distribution of melanin, the predominant pigment of skin. Ignoring uneven skin tone and unwanted pigmentation can add years to one’s age.
Although the gold standard in the past for treating hyperpigmentation has been the use of hydroxyquinone, a skin bleaching ingredient to help lighten skin. This ingredient is now completely out of favour due to its ability to influence our genetic material.
Niacinamide does not bleach skin but works to block the accumulation of melanin in skin’s surface helping to prevent skin darkening. Niacinamide is so effective that it is even used to treat melasma which is a condition with marked facial hyperpigmentation.
Niacinamide serum for redness, inflamed and sensitive skin
Because niacinamide greatly improves skin’s ability to protect itself from external aggressions, using a niacinamide serum daily helps improve skin structure and prevents redness, blotchiness and skin sensitivity due to exposure to external aggressions.
I believe that the topical use of a niacinamide serum is a must-have product in any beauty regimen to help achieve a more even-toned, radiant and younger looking skin. GoW’s Niacinamide Serum, £9, is a great serum for all skin types to use every day. The formula helps to regulate oil production and visibly improves the appearance of your pores. The addition of Avocado BioFerment helps moisturise and nourish skin.
If you are looking for a skin treatment, I would recommend QRx Labs Niacinamide + Retinol Serum, £10, as the formula contains all the benefits of niacinamide with retinol, which is often touted as the gold standard for anti-ageing. Research suggests that niacinamide can help improve your skin’s tolerance to retinol due to its barrier strengthening properties, so if you have experienced irritation with vitamin A previously this formula could be worth exploring.