What is Niacinamide and How Does it Help Your Skin?

Niacinamide. Nia – what? What exactly is niacinamide?

Make room in your #squad for niacinamide. It’s part of the B Vitamin family (specifically Vitamin B3) that you regularly digest through a balanced diet of whole grains, fish, meat, greens. Beyond digesting it for your general health, it’s also becoming known as a hugely popular ingredient found in skincare formulas that’s effective on all types of skin of all ages. Niacinamide is, no doubt, an ingredient you should think about adding to your daily skincare routine.

Our bodies crave sunlight because it’s an important source of Vitamin D for various vital bodily functions and helps produce serotonin to lift our mood. Plus, sun exposure, with a sweat towel in arms reach, helps increase our circulation and perspiration to push out excess oil and clear your pores. While doctors can confirm sun is good for acne because UV rays can help clear acne – you definitely don’t want to overdo it! We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to find an SPF for acne prone skin, so you can enjoy all the benefits of the sun while protected.

What does niacinamide do and how does it work?
Niacinamide is a workhorse water-soluble vitamin that works well with your skin. When you apply it, it’ll offer you a wide range of skincare benefits. Niacinamide for skin can help replenish moisture to your skin barrier and slowly boost collagen production to help soften fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, studies have shown that niacinamide can also help reduce the intensity of acne breakouts, control oil production, and help minimize hyperpigmentation caused by acne.

Why should you use niacinamide?
If you’re using a niacinamide serum, we recommend you apply it after you’ve cleansed or before you moisturize to allow it to work its magic on clean skin. You’ll find niacinamide as an active ingredient in skincare products to power its efficacy. For example, our Clear Skin Toner is made with 100% natural tea tree extract and 1% niacinamide to help fade the appearance of discoloration caused by acne. Plus, it’s PETA-approved, dermatologist-tested, paraben-free, oil-free and alcohol-free so it doesn’t dry out skin.

What can I pair niacinamide with?
As part of a healthy skincare routine, you should use a moisturizer with SPF protection after you’ve use cleanser and toner in the morning – such as our Clear Skin 3-in-1 SPF Moisturizer. You’ll want to nourish, rehydrate and replenish your skin after you cleanse – especially if you have acne-prone skin.

If you have oily-skin, consider using a lightweight and oil-free moisturizer, such as our Watermelon Glowing Face Moisturizer that’s made with 100% natural watermelon juice and also contains niacinamide and Vitamin E to promote healthy glowing skin. For dry-skin, our Avocado Hydrating Face Moisturizer is made with 100% natural avocado oil and soybean oil to deeply hydrate, soften, and smooth skin, and – yes you guessed it – also contains niacinamide and Vitamin E.

Like all skincare products, while niacinamide is compatible with all skin types, you should do a patch test. Put some on your arm before it goes onto your face, and try using it only a few times a week before you start applying it daily. Give it a try!

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Our products were all made to bring the joy of nature to your skin while making it glow—all without crossing into shiny skin territory (not cute). That’s why our entire lineup features 100% natural moisturizers, exfoliants, and extracts! We also just really, really love apricots.

Think of St. Ives as your go-to for great-smelling cleansers, lotions, masks, and body washes you can use on the daily to get glowing skin that feels super-hydrated and oh-so-silky smooth. Did we mention we’re America’s #1 Scrub brand*?

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