Niacinamide for skin

Belonging to the Vitamin B family, Niacinamide is one of the three forms of vitamin B3.

What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide for skin is an essential nutrient that plays a crucial role in maintaining the overall skin health. If you’re wondering what does niacinamide do for the skin, here’s a gist for you. This ingredient performs a broad spectrum of activities like combating hyperpigmentation and tackling uneven skin tone.
Niacinamide for skin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is recognised to prevent and correct hyperpigmentation. It also improves the skin tone and texture by enhancing the skin barrier function. Read ahead to understand the uses of niacinamide in detail.

What are the benefits of niacinamide for skin?

  1. Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles
  2. As it stimulates collagen production, including niacinamide in skincare can help improve the elasticity and firmness of the skin, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This can result in a more youthful and smoother complexion.

  3. Improves skin barrier function
  4. This is one of the most important uses of niacinamide. It enhances the skin's natural barrier function, which is essential for maintaining optimal hydration levels and protecting against environmental stressors. A strengthened skin barrier leads to improved moisture retention and reduced sensitivity.

  5. Calms inflammation
  6. Whether you have sensitive or irritated skin, niacinamide can help soothe and calm inflammation. Niacinamide has anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate redness, irritation, and skin conditions such as rosacea.

How does niacinamide for skin work on hyperpigmentation?

Treating hyperpigmentation is one of the major benefits of niacinamide. Skin tone and skin uniformity are directly linked to the melanin synthesis and its distribution through the epidermis. Excess melanin leads to uneven complexion and dark spots.

Niacinamide for skin both prevents and corrects hyperpigmentation in skin by:

Inhibiting Reactive Oxygen Species, free radicals and inflammatory mediators release, which are responsible for melanogenesis stimulation (production of melanin pigments in skin).
It also regulates the production of melanin by inhibiting Tyrosinase (the key enzyme in melanogenesis).
Finally, it reduces the diffusion of melanin thanks to its action on melanosome transfer.

How to use niacinamide in a skincare routine?

The uses of niacinamide in cosmetics have been widely known and practiced in regard to skincare, thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, particularly in products that are considered to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of pigmentation disorders. You can use Niacinamide in skincare routines to correct hyperpigmented marks and enhance the skin texture and complexion. Serums, moisturizers, and creams are common formulations that contain niacinamide. Start by introducing it once or twice a week and gradually increase the frequency once your skin adjusts to it.

Which L’Oréal Paris products contain niacinamide?

When combined together, there are several benefits of Glycolic acid and Niacinamide for skin. Niacinamide helps to soothe and calm the skin, counteracting any potential irritation caused by glycolic acid. Additionally, niacinamide in skincare can help regulate oil production, which can be beneficial when using glycolic acid as it may increase skin sensitivity to the sun. The Glycolic Bright range by L’Oréal Paris is an ideal choice as it has managed to formulate these two ingredients for a better outcome. The Glycolic Bright Glowing Daily Cleanser Foam is enriched with niacinamide and glycolic acid, which exfoliates the skin, removes all impurities and gives your skin a radiant glow.

The Glycolic Bright serum is another product that combines the benefits of niacinamide and glycolic acid. It reduces dark spots, improves skin tone and gives you brighter looking skin. The range also has a Glycolic Bright Day Cream with SPF 17 that protects your skin from sun damage while deeply hydrating it. The benefit of niacinamide in the Glycolic Bright Glowing Night Cream is that it deeply nourishes the skin overnight and repairs it while you’re fast asleep, while glycolic acid brightens the skin tone.

L’Oréal Paris also has a sunscreen that is enriched with niacinamide for skin. The L’Oréal Paris UV Defender Serum Protector is a non-greasy sunscreen that has a powerful combination of SPF 50+ PA++++ broad spectrum protection against UVA, UVB and Long-Range UV. The niacinamide in it helps the skin fight against free radicals.

If you want to provide optimum care to your skin, try the Skin Genius tool by L’Oréal Paris that will help analyse your skin online and help you choose the right products for your skin.
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