Everyone wants younger, softer, and more supple skin. Thankfully, niacinamide can help.
Beginning in the mid-2000’s, Niacinamide, a derivative of vitamin B3, became known for its ability to reduce the appearance of sagging skin.
How? Let’s take a look…
Benefits of Niacinamide for Skin
1. Ceramides Production
Niacinamide boosts the skin’s production of ceramides. Ceramides are naturally occurring lipids that keep the skin hydrated. Ceramides also happen to be what keeps skin firm and taut. Boosting their presence in the skin means an improvement in elasticity, leading to less wrinkle formation.
2. Promotes Younger-Looking Skin
Niacinamide works by targeting the cause of wrinkles — collagen-damaging molecules called matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) — while simultaneously boosting collagen synthesis.
3. Reduces Puffiness and Dark Circles
The antioxidant activity of niacinamide reduces the damage caused by free radicals, which play a major role in cosmetic eye problems such as puffiness and dark circles.
4. Helps Treat Sun Damage
Sun exposure is one of the main factors contributing to premature aging. In addition to blocking UV rays with sunscreen, using products that contain niacinamide can help reduce sun damage. It has been shown to prevent sunburn and lower the risk of developing skin cancer in previous clinical studies.
5. Promotes Collagen Production for Firmer Skin
Niacinamide is known for its ability to more effectively penetrate the skin, which enables it, and products containing it, to reach deeper layers where collagen production takes place. It has been proven to increase DNA synthesis, resulting in more collagen production, in addition, niacinamide is a precursor to NAD: an enzyme that’s required for DNA repair, which also contributes to the production of collagen.
6. Reduces Signs of Aging
Studies show that adding niacinamide to your skincare regimen can reduce signs of aging such as fine lines and hyperpigmentation — caused by sun damage — by upwards of 20% after 12 weeks. It can even help fade dark spots and other discoloration from the skin.
7. Reduces Skin Inflammation
A number of studies have shown that niacinamide is effective at treating inflammatory skin conditions. It works by downregulating the body’s immune response to cutaneous redness and irritation caused by acne vulgaris, psoriasis, rosacea, as well as from topical immunogenic stimuli such as nickel or fragrance allergens.
8. Reduces Skin Dryness and Increases Moisture Retention
When topically applied, niacinamide can help increase hydration for extremely dry skin. It also helps prevent moisture loss because it acts as an antioxidant, which prevents cell damage caused by free radicals.
9. Decreases Oil Production
Controlling oil production is crucial to achieving a clear complexion because oily skin can lead to acne breakouts. Studies show that niacinamide may help regulate sebum (oil) production by suppressing lipid (fat) synthesis. It also promotes cell turnover, which helps eliminate dead skin cells build-up that can clog pores.
10. Increased Hydration and Skin Elasticity for Firmer Skin
Vitamin B3 promotes the synthesis of elastin, a protein that helps maintain skin elasticity. It also helps with the regeneration of new cells in the epidermis (the outermost layer of skin). This results in an overall reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improved skin tone.
11. Increases Skin Trans-Epidermal Water Loss Resistance
For skin to maintain moisture, it must contain a good amount of water. Niacinamide helps protect skin from dehydration by increasing its resistance to water loss. It also enhances the moisture binding ability within the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin).
In conclusion, Niacinamide is an all-natural ingredient that can help your skin to be better, softer, and more supple. While it may not have the same effect on everyone, there are plenty of benefits waiting for those willing to give this natural solution a try. We highly recommend our Topaz Revitalizing Eye Gel which contains 5% Niacinamide!