Not quite the \'Elixir of Youth\', but not far off.

Not quite the 'Elixir of Youth', but not far off. Glossier.com

The wonder ingredient helps skin retain moisture, fade dark spots, soften fine lines and wrinkles, correct redness, combat dullness, calm acne and even minimize the appearance of pores..... so why are we learning about the multi-tasker now? 

WHAT IS IT? 

Niacinamide is a form of restoring vitamin B3 that helps to create ceramides, natural lipids that allow skin to retain moisture, improves uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, and helps maintain skin's moisture barrier protection. It also benefits patients with hyperpigmentation and – because it's non-irritating and anti-inflammatory – it has also been shown to calm acne flareups.

SUITABLE FOR? 

All kinds really. Unlike other active brightening ingredients which can be particularly irritating for those with sensitive skin, niacinamide is favored for its ability to act as a calming agent while it brightens. Effective in treating early signs of skin ageing, it can be recommend to even the youngest patients who are concerned with pigmentation and skin tone issues. 

WHEN SHOULD IT BE USED? 

Depending on its carrier formula (usually serum), niacinamide can be applied once or twice daily after cleansing, before your favorite moisturizer or peptide. It can equally be used mixed in to your moisturiser of choice. If using Niacinamide, it's best to avoid acidic skincare ingredients such as AHAs/BHAs and Vitamin C - they can break down Niacinamide into another ingredient called Niacin, which can cause skin redness and flushing.

DO WE NEED IT?

In a world where the ability to multitask is crucial to just about every aspect of our lives, this is genuinely an all-rounder! As much as we love complicated, bekspoke and targeted skincare routines, we can equally appreciate an ingredient that addresses multiple complexion concerns in one step. 

Here are some highly tipped niacinamide-spiked superstars.... 

Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster, €46 Paula’s Choice

Super Pure, €28, Glossier

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, €5.50, The Ordinary

Saturn Sulfur Acne Treatment Mask, €56, Sunday Riley

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