What is niacinamide, and what is it for? 

Explore the uses and benefits of niacinamide for the skin. Find out how this ingredient can boost your facial care routine - don't miss out!

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What is niacinamide?

What is niacinamide? Although you may have heard or read this term on dermo-cosmetic products, you may not know exactly what this compound does. Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin capable of penetrating the epidermis, the outermost layer of our skin.

But what exactly is niacinamide used for? It has become fashionable because of its restructuring power, and also because it’s the perfect ally for skin care, especially in summer or when sunbathing. This active ingredient is compatible with sun exposure and is one of the best ways to avoid spots in summer. Let's see why we need to include it in our skincare routine.

Benefits of niacinamide

The benefits of niacinamide are many and varied. It improves the skin's barrier function, helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, reduces inflammation and protects the skin from bacteria, reduces redness and irritation, minimises pore size, improves skin tone, and has an antioxidant and depigmenting effect.

Because of its ability to moisturise the skin and make it look more elastic and hydrated, as well as fight acne, niacinamide has become the key molecule of many compounds. It’s also an ingredient that can be used on intolerant, sensitive and atopic skin and is generally very well tolerated, so there is no excuse not to try it out.

How do you use niacinamide?

This is the question on everyone’s mind at this point. We already know all its benefits, but how do we use niacinamide? It can be used both day and night as part of various skin care routines. Although it tends to be present mainly in serums and creams, it can also be found in other products. We must pay attention, however, to the concentration we are applying (from 10% it can cause irritation in some skins if it’s not made well).

After cleansing, apply the serum or product by dabbing or patting with your fingers. After niacinamide, you should apply a moisturiser. It’s not sensitising or photosensitising and can be used during pregnancy.