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Skin Care Benefits of Niacinamide

Learn how to incorporate Niacinamide into your skincare routine. Discover how Niacinamide helps to improve the look of skin texture and dark spots.


Niacinamide (also known as Vitamin B3) is quite the trending skincare ingredient and for good reason - It’s been shown to provide benefits including reducing the appearance of dark spots and hydrating the skin, and that’s just to name a few. Below, discover more about Niacinamide, how you can incorporate it into your skincare routine, and the newest Lancôme product (Triple Serum) with Niacinamide to try.

Niacinamide Benefits for Skin Texture and Skin Barrier

If you are someone who struggles with your skin texture – Niacinamide could be an ingredient worth exploring. Niacinamide has been shown to improve the look of skin texture1 and products containing Niacinamide have been shown to provide anti-aging benefits.2 In addition to improving the look and appearance of skin texture – Niacinamide may improve skin barrier function.3 Niacinamide hydrates the skin by improving the skin’s barrier functions.4 By improving the skin’s barrier function, Niacinamide helps to increase skin’s resistance against environmental aggressors and topical products.5

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.6 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.7 In one study Niacinamide was shown to significantly brighten and lighten the look of dark spots the skin in just 8 weeks.8 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.9

Niacinamide Benefits for Anti-Aging: Visible Improvement in the Appearance of 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.10 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.11

Ingredient Compatibility 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 in skincare 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.12 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.13,14

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.15,16 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. You can find skincare products (including our Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum) that include a combination of both Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid.

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.

Lancôme’s Newest Product with Niacinamide

It’s easy to see why Niacinamide is an ingredient sought after in skincare and here at Lancôme we are excited to share our latest product innovation with the ingredient, Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum. Niacinamide, our anti-aging serum has a unique formula with Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, to help target the appearance of dark spots & minimize. Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum is a new breakthrough from Lancôme and a real first-of-its-kind serum with its three-chamber packaging. If you are looking to use a serum with niacinamide, Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum is a great choice.

The serum is a unique product in the sense that it contains three separate serums all of which have a different texture – a gel, a cream, and an emulsion formula. These serums are housed in innovative 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 luxurious texture, which feels lightweight on the skin.

The unique three-chamber packaging helps to maintain stability, making Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum a great option for those looking for a serum product with potent and effective levels of Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Vitamin C and Niacinamide.

Learn more about how to use product in your skincare routine.

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