Here’s a riddle.
What gives you smaller pores, smooth fine lines, regulate sebum production, help with skin cell turnover, evens skin discoloration, improve the skin’s barrier, AND can even act as an antioxidant??
Sounds too good to be true, right?
Well, brace yourselves – this ingredient exists….Buckle your seatbelts!
The Answer to Our Skin Woes
In one word, Niacinamide.
Yes, this ingredient takes care of it all and I am 100% behind it as I’ve been using this for the past two years and seen results! It’s not a product that is often discussed in my opinion and it’s so underrated. Despite all the hype for AHAs, BHAs, and salicylic acid (although all these are great for you also), niacinamide is a real rising star.
It’s unpresumptuous, it’s reasonably priced, and depending on the concentration, can be used daily as part of your glass skin beauty routine (I apply mine daily in the evening) to achieve glass skin results.
But what is Niacinamide, really?
A Little Science…
Niacinamide, also known as Nicotinamide, is a water-soluble vitamin (a cousin of vitamin B3).
It is also found in foods such as yeast, milk, meat, and greens, used in medication as well as a supplement, used in treating or preventing skin cancer, acne, and in other forms, treats niacin deficiency. A real multi-purpose magic ingredient.
When applied topically on a regular basis, it’s proven to repair and maintain a strong skin barrier and regulate sebum production. Not only that, but niacinamide also reduces inflammation in the skin. Essentially, this means smaller, tighter, unclogged pores and a lesser likelihood of having breakouts!
Because of its strong anti-inflammatory properties, it is perfect for applying to spots where you feel a breakout erupting before going to sleep, to wake up to noticeably calmer skin in the area that niacinamide was applied.
If you already had a breakout? No worries! You can apply to those inflamed areas and the cell turnover and anti inflammatory properties of niacinamide can help to clear the breakout faster and in a healthier way than a more stringent, harsh acne cream, like those that contain benzoyl peroxide.
In my experience, benzoyl creams have burned my skin. Yes, it does zap the acne, and yes, it is sort of satisfying to see those quick results. But with frequent use, benzoyl made my skin very temperamental and hyper-sensitive overall. My skin became highly prone to redness, and at times, further irritated after use. It threw off my skin’s natural balance which in turn made me more dependent on the use of benzoyl. A vicious cycle. It was a toxic relationship and I had to quit her.
With Niacinamide, I never experienced any of these issues. It’s simply a vitamin that my body requires, and by providing my body with something it needs to stay healthy I am reaping the benefits in a way that shows (literally) on my face.
Sounds Great, but is it Right For Me?
I know some of you might be thinking, ok ok – sounds great and all, but is it a good fit for my skin type?
This is the most amazing part of Niacinamide. It is a very flexible and versatile ingredient that suits many different skin types and skin concerns.
Niacinamide is a very kind, inclusive, and generous lady, my friends. She accepts people of all skin types.
Whether you are oily, dry, combination, or sensitive, there are definitely glass skin results you can reap from including a Niacinamide product to your glass skin beauty routine.
For those with oily skin, niacinamide regulates your skin’s sebum production (oil and sebum that would have otherwise clogged your pores) and strengthens the skin’s protective lining, reducing the likelihood of very congested pores and in turn reducing the likelihood of visibly larger pores and acne in the long run.
For those with dry skin, niacinamide helps your skin’s surface in resisting moisture loss which means it reduces the likelihood of tight, dry, flaky, dull looking skin.
Regardless of your skin type, you’ll notice that your skin is softer, less patchy and red in spots. What’s not to love?!
How can I Incorporate Niacinamide into my Life?
You can incorporate niacinamide in a few different ways.
I always fall back to Paula’s Choice for their efficient use of ingredients, always backed by carefully referenced research on real results.
Paula’s choice offers several different products you can incorporate into your routine if you are looking to add niacinamide into your glass beauty routine.
Niacinamide can be applied as a toner to immediately replenish moisture after cleansing and lock in hydration into your skin as a leave-on treatment for best results.
It can also be added as a serum if you’d like a more concentrated application of niacinamide, alone, or used in conjunction with moisturizers (water based moisturizer for those with oily skin) can enhance the moisturizing effects of the cream.
If you are nervous of using this as I was at first, you can start by applying to the spots where you can feel you will have a breakout coming (hormonal, or otherwise) and you will see the results yourself! When you are more comfortable, you won’t be able to stop yourself from swimming in the stuff.
Start Here! Courtesy of Paula’s Choice
Here is a list of niacinamide products you can start with:
And, BONUS for those who are new to the niacinamide game and very nervous about their sensitive skin – I also love the super gentle 5% niacinamide and zinc incorporated formula from Glossier, the Super Pure serum. An inexpensive product for maximum results!
And, as always, let’s get that glow!