Every now and again, a new “it” ingredient appears in the skin-care market, even if it isn’t genuinely new. This season, niacinamide is the must-have skincare ingredient. It is gaining popularity since it is currently regarded as a golden standard remedy for a variety of skin issues, particularly anti-aging.
Niacinamide is one of the versatile, recognizable, desirable and safe skin care ingredients. It is a water soluble B3 vitamin. Well, If you’re not sure what it is, here’s what you should know before incorporating it into your skin-care regimen.
What is Niacinamide (vitamin B3)?
Niacinamide, often known as nicotinamide, is a water-soluble form of vitamin B3 that is not stored in the body and hence must be replenished. It is frequently promoted as a therapy for skin problems.
According to the findings, niacin (and hence niacinamide) works as a precursor of two biochemical cofactors that are required to repair, propagate, and function correctly skin cells. These provide energy to your cells while also allowing your body to absorb and destroy free radicals. Furthermore, niacinamide has been shown to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines by assisting in the creation of lipids that help maintain the skin’s protective barriers.
We do get vitamin B3 through foods but they are also found in some skin care products that help to improve skin visibly.
Benefits of Niacinamide for skin:
Niacinamide is well tolerated by all skin types and goes well with other skin care treatments. Let’s have a look at all the benefits of using niacinamide:
1. Lipid Barrier:
Niacinamide tends to boost the skin hydrating ability. It helps in resisting the moisture loss that keeps the skin away from dryness. Niacinamide assists in the creation of ceramide, a kind of lipid barrier that helps maintain skin’s protective barriers. It also helps with eczema.
2. Healthy skin:
Niacinamide aids in the formation of keratin, a protein that keeps the skin firm and healthy.
3. Reduce pores:
Niacinamide may help in natural reduction in pore size over the period of time. This is due to the fact that it normalises the pore lining, which has an impact on clogging and rough skin.
4. Sun damage protection:
Niacinamide has the ability to regenerate healthy skin cells while also shielding them from UV radiation harm. Additionally, it reduces inflammation and redness caused by sun damage and other skin conditions.
5. Reduces hyperpigmentation:
Niacinamide has been shown in a few tests to help brighten dark spots. Furthermore, it protects the skin from new discolorations. It lightens existing pigmentation and gives your skin a more even appearance. Additionally, it helps in reducing the dark circle.
This form of vitamin B3 is well known for its anti-ageing properties. A study shows that niacinamide helps in reducing fine lines, wrinkles and skin sagging. Therefore, it helps in keeping the skin young, bright and supple.
7. Helps reduce pimples:
Using niacinamide over periods of time helps in reducing severe acne and pimples. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pimples and acne.
8. Reduce environmental damage impact:
Niacinamide has a remarkable ability to rejuvenate and rebuild skin cells. It serves as a first line of defence and helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier against environmental harm. As a result, the skin remains youthful.
How to get started with Niacinamide?
Still thinking whether to include niacinamide in your skin care regime or not? Well, there is no reason to wait. This incredibly versatile B vitamin has numerous topical effects that help skin appear more even, younger, and brighter. In order to get the maximum benefits from niacinamide it is important to protect your skin with sunscreen.
It’s easy and safe to incorporate niacinamide into your skin care routine. Just buy and apply as directed. Some people might experience very mild irritation but it’s likely to go away after repeated use. To get the most out of niacinamide for the skin, it is advised to apply it in such a way that it will stay in contact with the skin for a good amount of time. Because niacinamide penetrates deeply into the skin and is quickly absorbed, you’ll want to give your skin time to absorb it and put it to work.
A 10% niacinamide works well for the skin. You can use it around your eyes too. In general, niacinamide can be applied at any time of day—one to two times per day, depending on the formulation. You can either use it alone or in combination with other products.
Anti-ageing remedies at home:
Age cannot be reversed, but the indications of ageing can be slowed. A proper skin care regimen with the right components can assist. Furthermore, eating healthy foods for anti-aging benefits.
Apart from soothing, smoothing and nourishing the skin, coconut oil acts as an anti-ageing serum. It is rich in vitamins, vitamin A and fatty acids that reduce wrinkles, fine lines, damaged skin and hyperpigmentation. Moreover, it improves the skin elasticity to a greater extent. Dip cotton swab in the coconut oil. Apply in the affected areas. Leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse well.
Potato, tomato and lemon:
All these have one or more properties of making the skin softer, lighter and supple. It also promotes the synthesis of collagen thus, making you look younger. Mix potato, tomato and lemon juice. Dip a cotton pad and place it on the eye for 20 minutes. Remove and massage for 5 minutes. Rinse well.
Vitamin E, greatly known for its antioxidant properties, repairs the damaged skin cells, dryness and tightens the skin too. It also lightens the dark areas and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. Take vitamin E and apply to the dark circle directly. Massage in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction for 10 mins. Leave it overnight. Rinse well in the morning.
Cucumber is excellent for reducing ageing signs. It has a high-water content, which aids in skin hydration. It also tightens pores and slows down the ageing process thanks to its antioxidant (Foods rich in antioxidants) effects. Blend frozen cucumber slices with lemon juice. Apply on the face and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with normal water.
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