What are Niacinamide skin benefits for mature, older skin you ask? I will answer all your questions in this article.
Let’s look at one of my favorite anti-aging ingredients Niacinamide (aka. Vitamin B3). Usually, it has a behind-the-scenes role in skincare. You can find it hiding in the list of many product ingredients.
And the reason…
… Niacinamide is a gentle skincare ingredient that helps diminish the signs of aging, discoloration, and blemishes. It also reduces fine lines, tightens skin, and visibly minimizes the appearance of enlarged pores. Keeping skin smooth and moisturized may have a second benefit.
WHAT IS NIACINAMIDE?
Niacinamide (vitamin B3 and nicotinamide) is a water-soluble vitamin that has an impressive list of benefits, ranging from targeting hyperpigmentation and increasing ceramide levels in the skin to acne reduction. It is a water-soluble vitamin that works with your skin to help visibly minimize the appearance of enlarged pores. It also helps with evening skin tone, wrinkles prevention, and balancing hydration.
You will be surprised how many brands use niacinamide in their moisturizers and serums.
How to apply Niacinamide on you face – Watch Video
I will show you when I apply it during my evening routine. How to apply Niacinamide on your face. And the amount of the product being applied. The total number of products being applied, etc.
Keep in mind that your skin can only absorb a certain amount of product. Any excess will be left on top of the skin so that when the next product is being applied, it rubs off.
- Use 1-2 drops of Niacinamide.
- A “patting” application method, as opposed to “rubbing.”
Then move onto the next product.
PLEASE NOTE: Water formulations should be applied before oil formulations. Use a maximum of three serum formulations in a single regimen.
NIACINAMIDE SKIN BENEFITS
Niacinamide can minimize pores and strengthen the protective barrier function of the skin, It does so by increasing natural lipids found on the skin surface and reducing water loss.
- anti-inflammatory / redness
- minimize fine lines and wrinkles
- increase toleration to retinoids
- increase ceramide production
- lighten melasma/hyperpigmentation
- boosts collagen production
- minimize pore appearance
- regulate sebum production
- ease symptoms of eczema
NIACINAMIDE SKIN BENEFITS: MELASMA and HYPERPIGMENTATION
Niacinamide has been clinically demonstrated to effectively treat hyperpigmentation (dark spots) at topical concentrations as low as 2%.
Even, I use The Ordinary Niacinamide every day for the past three years. It only slightly lightened age spots on my mature 55-year-old skin.
What makes niacinamide’s brightening powers different from others is the biological pathway that it targets.
Most brightening ingredients like HYDROQUINONE, KOJIC ACID, and VITAMIN C work as tyrosinase inhibitors that slow down the speed of pigment creation.
Niacinamide transfers melanocytes to keratinocytes. This means that NIACINAMIDE works alongside other brightening superstars, BOOSTING the EFFICIENCY of your products.
NIACINAMIDE SKIN BENEFITS: BERRIER FUNCTION
Niacinamide has been shown to increase the number of ceramides and fatty acids in your skin which helps to hold on to water.
It will help keep your skin youthful, healthy, and plump.
Niacinamide is also anti-inflammatory and can help with blemishes and rosacea.
If you have uneven skin tone use Niacinamide with Alfa Arbutin. It will make a big difference.
NIACINAMIDE SIDE EFFECTS
Niacinamide is a relatively low irritating active, but some people can be sensitive to it. If you’re new to the active ingredients, start at the 2% range.
- Niacinamide may cause redness/flushing, when used in high concentrations particularly when in concentration above 5%.
- You may experience skin purging within fist 2-6 weeks.
Which is better niacinamide or retinol for aging skin?
Niacinamide is a gentle skincare ingredient that helps to diminish the signs of aging, discoloration, and blemishes. Retinol has similar benefits, but it’s stronger than niacinamide.
Retinol is also known to cause irritation, redness, and dry skin.
Pairing the two ingredients is safe and can make retinol less irritating especially for sensitive skin.
After using Retinol(prescription) and The Ordinary Niacinamide in my evening routine for 3 months I saw a visible lift of my eyelid. I have hooded eyes and REALLY LIKED the result.
Because Retinol can be irritating to your skin. Niacinamide can help decrease retinol irritation, and on top of that, the added barrier function benefit is a plus!
TIP: When incorporating both in your evening skincare routine apply Niacinamide FIRST and Retinol AFTER. If you want less irritation on your skin.
NIACINAMIDE and L-ASCORBIC ACID
PROCEED WITH CAUTION when combining two of these ingredients.
You can find many articles telling you to avoid this combination because ascorbic acid needs to be in a formula with low pH of 3.5, but niacinamide would raise that pH up closer to the 4.5, 5 range without further adjustments.
This combo isn’t harmful but some steps are needed to use these two ingredients together more effectively. Like waiting 20 minutes between applications.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR NIACINAMIDE TO WORK ON SKIN?
If you are using a 2% – 5% concentration of niacinamide, you should see improvement in the look of wrinkles, and sagging skin after 12 weeks / 3 months of regular application.
WHAT IS THE BEST NIACINAMIDE SERUM?
Niacinamide is highly soluble in water AND highly STABLE and easy to add to a product.
So really, the main consideration for choosing a niacinamide product is just CONCENTRATION.
Niacinamide is proven to be effective at as low as 2%, but most studies are conducted at around 4%. So look for a product formulated around that range!
And don’t buy products from brands that don’t disclose their key active ingredients.
Below you can find the products with a concentration of niacinamide of 5% or higher.
1. SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3 – Skinceuticals’ luxe vitamin B3 5% emulsion is formulated to effectively target blotchy skin while still being hydrating.
2. Paula’s Choice RESIST 10% Niacinamide Booster – 10% niacinamide formula, this Paula’s Choice Booster is meant to be added to a moisturizer for an extra calming effect on the skin. Amazon.ca or Nordstrom
3. Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum – This workhorse gel serum targets wrinkles by hydrating skin and encouraging cell turnover via gentle exfoliation. Formulated with an advanced amino-peptide complex + vitamin B3. Walmart.ca
4. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% .- Think of this as a treatment that addresses individual skin concerns, outside of regular moisturizer. Best if you combine with Alpha Arbutin. You may experience “Pilling” with this product. It doesn’t work well under many layers. Theordinary.com or Sephora
Order of application: CLEANSE/TONE -> ALPHA ARBUTIN -> NIACINAMIDE
5. CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion – This nighttime moisturizer has 4% niacinamide and a few other skin hydrating ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid. It is super easy to integrate into your routine because it doesn’t add an extra skincare step.
GOT A QUESTION?
Do you have any questions about Niacinamide Skin Benefits? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!
I would love to hear from you! Have a fabulous week and take care!
Irina Nikitina – Founder of Modern Fifty TV
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Niacinamide Skin Benefits Articles and Published Studies
- Niacinamide study for patients with Melasma:
- A Published study on Niacinamide and aging facial skin:
- A Published study on Niacinamide and Rosacea:
- A Study comparing Niacinamide to Clindamycin for Acne:
- Study comparing Niacinamide to Vaseline:
- Niacinamide For The Skin: Benefits For Acne, Aging, and Rosacea:
- Spotlight on Niacinamide:
- How Niacinamide helps your skin:
- Using Niacinamide and Vitamin C together: