Have you heard...about Niacinimide?
We know we were literally just talking about our intense and abiding love for Centella Asiatica...and we still love her let's not get it twisted!
But hear us out real quick...what do you know about Niacinamide? 👀
Niacinamide is a big player in the skincare world right now and we couldn't help but throw a little...or a lotta...love her way! There's seriously a lot to love in this little ingredient, so let's get down to the nitty-gritty! What exactly do you need to know when it comes to Niacinamide?
for starters...what is it?
“Niacinamide is actually a form of vitamin B-3, an essential nutrient that our bodies use to help build the proteins in your skin and basically lock in all that much-needed moisture.”
It helps to protect your skin from the everyday environmental stressors that we face like sun damage or other pollutants. At this point, we all know how important moisture is when it comes to a healthy skin barrier and keeping your skin feeling happy and looking gorgeous! Is it really surprising that when the skincare world discovered an ingredient proven to not just amplify moisture but to lock it in, AND boost collagen production among seemingly a million other benefits, that we'd lock that one down TIGHT? Of course not!
where does it come from?
The good news here is that Niacinamide isn't exactly hard to come by.
“You can find Niacinamide in a lot of the different foods we eat such as yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables, cereal grains, and beans.”
It can even form on its own within the body as a byproduct of another B-3 vitamin: Niacin. Niacin, while also a fantastic and essential B-3 vitamin, is NOT the same thing as Niacinamide.
Dietary Niacin is primarily associated with lowering bad cholesterol and boosting good cholesterol, both incredibly important however not quite what we're looking for when discussing skincare benefits. When taken at higher doses you can see the development of Niacinamide as a byproduct, but this isn't the best way to utilize Niacinamide when the goal is to improve skin health, and Niacin at high doses can have some serious side effects. You should always consult a doctor before taking any form of vitamin B3 or other dietary supplements.
so what does it do?
Niacinamides rap sheet when it comes to skincare benefits is a LONG one...