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Niacinamide: Your New Skin Care Best Friend
We have to admit, that even though we often times want to unplug with the hustle and bustle of today’s modern world, advancements in technology have allowed us to access an array of amazing technologies, including high performance skin care ingredients.
Now don’t get us wrong - we LOVE raw and whole plant ingredients because they are so nourishing and healing due to their phytonutrients content as well as their amazing ability to communicate with our bodies. But as much as we preach the benefit of whole plants, plant oils, herbs and essential oils, there is an appropriate place for some more processed ingredients. Far from all being created equal, many lab produced ingredients have gained a bad rep and for good reason. But we are here to tell you that some of these ingredients are 100% safe and proven effective - making them a great choice for skincare.
Vitamin C is a perfect example, and one of our all time favorites, because this “beauty vitamin” does it all, from reducing inflammation to boosting collagen for firmer and brighter skin. Antioxidants from plant actives will never go out of fashion thanks to their ability to fight anti-aging free radicals and improve the look, feel and texture of our complexion.
There is one vitamin though, that has been around for a while, but doesn’t always get the hype it deserves. It’s one that was forgotten, because only recent studies have shown just how powerful it is for the skin; turns out it’s been a superstar ingredient all along!
Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, is the topic of discussion in this article and we just know you’ll be buzzing with excitement by the time you reach the end. Let’s face it, we're always keen to learn about the new anti-aging superstar of the moment! Although, in this case, this one will stick around for a lifetime in our opinion!
Is niacinamide natural?
Before we dive into the benefits, we’d like to clear something up first.
We believe that the most effective skincare ingredients are natural since these are rich in cell communicating phytonutrients, protective antioxidants, nourishing vitamins and minerals. In their complexity, these natural ingredients work really well with our bodies to nourish and repair - which is why we prefer to use plant and mineral ingredients in their purest form to craft our skincare products. But sometimes, artificial "lab-produced" ingredients can have their place.
Artificial actives are often just one chemical (versus an essential oil for instance, made up of hundreds, sometimes thousands of different chemicals), which makes them much easier to study and prove their effectiveness and safety. There are very few ingredients of this sort that meet our strict standards, but niacinamide makes the cut.
Niacinamide is the only non natural ingredient we use, but don’t let the term “non natural” put you off! Niacinamide is one we highly favor in our products for these four simple reasons:
It is proven safe to humans and non toxic even in high quantities.
It is non-toxic to the environment.
It is actually naturally found in cells and responsible for over 40 cellular functions.
Highly effective and works beautifully alongside natural ingredients
Keep reading to find out what this awesome non-toxic and highly effective ingredient can do for your skin!
Restores hydration levels
Perhaps you’ve come across skin care ads on television, where an airbrushed model smiles into the camera and the voiceover claims that “hydrated skin is happy skin.” We may not always agree with how advertisements are put across, but this is quite true.
Hydrated skin is far more than just happy skin though, it is the key to healthy, radiant skin!
Dehydrated skin impairs your skin’s ability to heal and protect itself, which can result in extrinsic aging, inflammation and even acne. To rehydrate dehydrated skin, your skin needs a healthy skin barrier which requires both a healthy lipid layer and plenty of water. A lipid layer helps seal in that hydrating water (hello facial oils!). But that’s only half of the battle!
Which is why pairing a good facial oil with a hydrating product that contains hydrating ingredients will be much more effective than just using a facial oil on its own.
Niacinamide will do just that by helping to increase the skin’s natural levels of fatty acids and ceramides, which in turn helps to boost moisture retention and restore hydration levels for softer, plumper skin.
If there’s two things we hear often from acne sufferers, it’s the frustration of dealing with not only with pimples and oiliness, but also the hyperpigmentation after your break out is gone. Niacinamide has clarifying properties, which means it helps to refine skin tissue, therefore improving skin texture. It also helps to unclog the pores for a healthier, clearer and smoother complexion.
Because niacinamide helps to improve the lipid barrier, it will help to get your oil levels under control, as well as strengthen the skin’s defense against external factors that can contribute to inflamed, aggravated skin.
Assists collagen production
Niacinamide helps to boost collagen production in the skin by enhancing function and cellular synthesis.
Collagen is a structural protein essential for plump, firm skin, however its concentrations naturally decrease as you age. By applying topical products that boost the production of this important protein, you give your skin its best chance to age slowly and gracefully.
Multiple studies have proven that niacinamide slows down aging in the skin.
Protects against UV damage
While niacinamide may become your skin’s best friend, UV rays remains its enemy by being one of the major causes of premature aging and hyperpigmentation in the skin.
Niacinamide is photoimmunoprotective in humans when applied topically to the skin.
Niacinamide will reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and help to brighten and fade hyperpigmentation as a result of prolonged UV exposure.
Can I get niacinamide in through my food alone?