Niacinamide, also known as Nicotinamide is a derivative of Vitamin B3 used in skincare products for it’s excellent blemish battling and oil controlling properties. Continued use of niacinamide can help you reduce the size of your pores, minimise skin blemishes, regulate sebum activity and improve overall skin texture. It is no surprise then that niacinamide is a very popular vitamin being added to thousands of skincare formulations.
How to incorporate niacinamide into your skincare routine
Niacinamide is most commonly available in serum form. It is usually combined with active ingredients to deliver potent all-round blemish battling results. What makes niacinamide a winner is that it is suitable for all skin types with little risk of irritation. This makes adding niacinamide to your skincare routine a simple process. Below are a few ways you can incorporate niacinamide into your skincare regime:
- Apply niacinamide serum after cleansing and toning facial skin: Niacinamide serums are best applied right after cleansing and toning. You’ll find that these serums are usually water-based, and so should be applied before any moisturisers and thicker oil-based serums. This ensures maximum absorption and effectiveness of the serums. You should use the serum on the entire face, make sure you get even coverage on areas with high sebum activity.
- Apply niacinamide moisturiser at the end of your skin care routine: Many pore refinining and anti-aging moisturisers now include niacinamide. These moisturisers should be applied toward the end of your skincare regime, after cleansing, toning and serums, but before sun protection and makeup.
- Apply niacinamide day or night: Niacinamide is effective when used both day or night, and sunlight has little effect on it’s potency. You can use it at both day and night, but remember to apply it in the correct order. If you’re wondering how to layer skincare products properly, this article is for you.
Things to look out for:
Do not use niacinamide serums/creams at the same time as topical vitamin c serums/creams. Niacinamide can affect the integrity of vitamin c, rendering both treatments significantly less effective.
Remember that niacinamide is not a treatment for ongoing acne/blemishes. If you suffer from acne, consult a dermatologist for professional advice.