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How to Use Niacinamide in Your Skincare Routine

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What Is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3, is a well-researched and trending skincare ingredient, and for good reason. There are known Niacinamide skin benefits, including the visible reduction of dark spot appearance and hydrating the skin – just to name a few. Below, learn more about Niacinamide and how you can incorporate it into your skincare routine.

This article is provided for informational purposes and is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your dermatologist for personalized recommendations.

What Does Niacinamide Do for Skin?

Niacinamide Benefits for Skin Texture and Skin Barrier

If your skin texture is a concern, Niacinamide is an ingredient worth exploring. Niacinamide has been shown to improve the look of skin texture and products containing Niacinamide have been shown to provide anti-aging benefits. In addition to improving the look and appearance of skin texture, Niacinamide may improve skin barrier function. Niacinamide hydrates the skin by improving the skin’s barrier functions. By improving the skin’s barrier function, Niacinamide helps to increase skin’s resistance against environmental aggressors and topical products.

Niacinamide Benefits for Dark Spots

Dark spots on the skin can often be an indicator of aging and are most often caused by sun damage. You may be wondering how to reduce the look of dark spots on skin. Niacinamide is an ingredient which has been shown to be effective in visibly improving the look of dark spots on the skin. In one study Niacinamide was shown to significantly brighten and lighten the look of dark spots on the skin in just 8 weeks. Niacinamide is a great ingredient to look out for if you experience dark spots and it’s also been shown to improve the look of a sallow skin tone.

Niacinamide Benefits for Skin Anti-Aging: Wrinkles and Fine Lines

Just another reason to love Niacinamide for skin – the ingredient has also been shown to visibly reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines. In numerous studies and trials of various product formulations, Niacinamide has been shown to improve the look of wrinkles and fine lines on photodamaged skin which could be thanks to Niacinamide’s ability to improve skin barrier function.

Face Serums with Niacinamide

It’s easy to see why Niacinamide is an ingredient sought after in skincare. Our Clarifique Pro-Solution Serum includes Niacinamide in a form of vitamin B3 that is known to deliver visible brightening results and visibly reduce the appearance of dark spots. Clarifique Pro-Solution is our brightening serum that visibly reduces dark spots and post-acne marks and tightens the look of pores. The formula contains a 10% PHA + Niacinamide concentration improves the appearance of dark spots over time without being harsh on skin.

Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum anti-aging face serum also contains Niacinamide, in addition to Hyaluronic Acid and Ferulic Acid. This serum is a unique triple-dose serum which helps improve volume loss, visibly reduces wrinkles, and also helps with dark spots. The triple serum contains three separate serums all of which have a different texture – a gel, a cream, and an emulsion formula. These serums are housed in triple-chamber packaging which holds each serum in separate chambers – with one pump the three serums dispense and then blend together effortlessly to create one.

Niacinamide Skin Benefits for the Body

Body care products formulated with Niacinamide can be a welcome addition to your body care routine. Niacinamide is known to improve visible skin texture and tone, which is an excellent choice to incorporate into your routine if you experience roughness and flaky skin. Our Absolue Soft Body Balm is formulated with Niacinamide that’s known to soothe skin and improve skin tone evenness and texture. Upon immediate application, skin is smoother, softer, and less flaky, and skin roughness improved 27.5% in a clinical test at 4 weeks.

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What Ingredients Are Compatible with Niacinamide?

If you are using (or looking to use) Niacinamide in your skincare routine, you may be wondering what products and ingredients work well together. Niacinamide is known to be a relatively stable ingredient which works well with a variety of other ingredients, but note that different products and different ingredients are likely to give different results.

Niacinamide and Retinol

Retinol is a potent skincare ingredient which is popular thanks to its known benefits such as minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles but it’s also a highly active ingredient which can cause those with sensitive skin to experience skin irritation. That being said, one study showed that the combination of Niacinamide and Retinol (along with the ingredients Hexylresorcinol, and Resveratrol) in a skincare product showed an improvement in overall skin appearance.

Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid

As we’ve learned, Niacinamide is an ingredient known for boosting hydration and moisturizing the skin. Hyaluronic Acid is another ingredient which is also known for its hydration benefits. , Although both ingredients increase skin’s hydration Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant ingredient whilst Niacinamide is an occlusive ingredient (meaning it can help to lock in moisture). Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid make a particularly great duo for those looking to achieve a healthy glow and even skin tone.

Niacinamide and PHA

Niacinamide is an ingredient that you can find formulated into our Clarifique Pro-Solution Serum along with a 10% PHA concentration (gluconolactone). When PHA is combined with an ingredient like niacinamide, it delivers visible brightening results without the unwanted harshness.

Niacinamide and Vitamin C

Niacinamide and Vitamin C can both be great ingredients to use together especially if you’re looking to reduce the look of discoloration and improve skin texture. Much like Vitamin C, Niacinamide has been shown to improve the appearance of dark spots, in addition to having a range of anti-aging benefits. When looking to use both ingredients in your skincare routine, you may want to start with products which include a combination of both. Our new Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum contains a combination of Activated C – a potent, highly stabilized form of Vitamin C and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) making it a great product for those looking to improve the look of dark spots and receive anti-aging benefits, described further below.

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