Other names: Vitamin B3, Nicotinamide
What it is: antioxidant, skin brightening, anti-acne, and sebum regulating
You can find it in: Aloe Milk Cleanser
Niacinamide, or vitamin B3 as we like to call it, is a water-soluble vitamin that works wonders for the skin. It's basically the Swiss Army knife of the skincare world.
Seriously, it does SO much!
So what makes niacinamide such a wonderful ingredient?
For one, it encourages collagen production. It also helps to produce important proteins such as keratin, filaggrin and involucrin. A lack of these proteins can lead to sagging of the skin, wrinkles and loss of elasticity.
Secondly, niacinamide has skin brightening properties. This is because it suppresses melanin (natural skin pigments that cause darker colour) from melanocytes (skin cells that produce melanin). As a result, these pigments don't easily reach the top layer of the skin to create dark spots.
In vivo tests confirm that daily use of niacinamide for 8 weeks can significantly lighten hyperpigmentation of the skin.
Niacinamide also does an amazing job at strengthening your skin barrier. It does this by helping your skin to synthesize free fatty acids, cholesterol and ceramides, which are all components that make up your skin barrier.
The result? Healthier and stronger skin!
And lastly, niacinamide regulates sebum production, reduces the appearance of enlarged pores and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help with smoothing the skin and speeding up epidermal cell growth.
Seriously, is there anything niacinamide can’t do?
So, who is it good for?
Everyone. Literally everyone. If you are looking to age gracefully, use niacinamide. If you would like to lighten hyperpigmentation or want a more even-toned complexion, use niacinamide. If you deal with acne, use niacinamide. If you are prone to skin redness, use niacinamide. As you can see, niacinamide is beneficial for many skin types and concerns!
Look for this multitasking superstar in Aloe Milk Cleanser.
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