Not sure what niacin is? Well, you should.
Your digestive system, nervous system and brain function depend on Niacin—also known as Vitamin B3—and it acts as a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
For the most part, you’ll get your daily supply of niacin from red meat, chicken, turkey, fish, as well as green leafy vegetables, tomatoes and asparagus. But, you can also get it through supplementation and various external products. The main goal should be simple: Just get some!
B3 on your skin?
As essential as it is for your body, B3 is equally as important to your skin. Here, the most effective and efficient format is called niacinamide. A highly effective skin-restoring ingredient, niacinamide offers multiple benefits for ageing skin.
To start, B3 plays a crucial role in combatting the ever-increasing levels of environmental pollutants that damage our skin every day (a phenomena many have dubbed “pollu-ageing” … More on that in another blog!)
But apart from rescuing and restoring skin from environmental damage, B3 also has a plethora of other skin-worthy benefits, too. It has been scientifically shown to improve the appearance of enlarged pores, even out your skin tone, fill in fine lines, restore luster and strengthen sensitive, weakened skin. B3 also:
Your skin’s immune cells, also known as Langerhans cells, are responsible for protecting and repairing your skin. They mop up damaged DNA and stop skin cells from transforming into precancerous ones. I like to call it “immunosurveillance”—these cells are the police of your skin!
When you expose your skin to the sun, the langerhans cells (immune cells) run out of the skin and into the bloodstream, leaving the skin without its natural protectant against infection or development of abnormal cells. It fundamentally increases your risk of skin cancer and ageing.
Pioneering Australian research has shown wearing 5% or greater concentrations of niacinamide on the skin prevents and stops the immune cells from leaving the skin when exposed to the sun. It boosts your immunity and protects both your skin’s healthy and your overall health. It’s the only proven topical skin ingredient shown to have this benefit.
Improves the epidermal barrier.
A healthy, intact epidermal lipid barrier layer is paramount for ageless skin. Your lipid barrier helps retain moisture, keeps your skin hydrated and protects it from the harshness of the environment. (Think of it like a brick wall: The skin cells are the bricks, and the lipids/ oils are the mortar).
Niacinamide increases the production of one of the most important lipids—ceramide—which strengthens your skin and prevents water loss. Through the use of B3/niacinamide, your skin will be stronger, better hydrated and healthier, as well as less sensitive. It’s also especially beneficial for rosacea sufferers.
Decreases redness and blotchiness.
With an improved epidermal lipid barrier, the skin’s natural ability to protect itself from external environment (i.e., water, heat, wind, sweat, sun) vastly improves. Over time and with a daily application of a niacinamide formulation, this reduces redness, blotchiness and sensitivity—and improves overall appearance.
Protects skin from infrared light, UV, and visible light.
Niacinamide protects the skin from the infrared heat of the sun. Along with the damaging effects of UV exposure, infrared heat activates free radicals and stimulates an overproduction of pigment. If your pigmentation is hormonal, heat is a big problem. Niacinamide protects the skin from heat and all its unwanted side effects. It is a powerful antioxidant that removes all the damaging free radical molecules created by the environment, thus protecting you from environmental ageing.
Reduces pigmentation and fades skin tone.
The transfer of pigment from your melanocytes to the surrounding skin of your epidermis is known as a tan. However, over time, this tanning activity becomes dysfunctional, and many of us end up with uneven, blotchy pigmentation—also known as hyperpigmentation. Niacinamide can help with hyperpigmentation by reducing pigment production and the subsequent transfer of pigment into your skin. This leaves you with a more even complexion—the single biggest factor in having healthy, high-functioning skin.
Minimises the signs of ageing.
Niacinamide has been shown to reduce yellowing, wrinkling, red blotchiness and pigmented spots—all signs of facial ageing. It can virtually shave years off the age of your skin.
Niacinamide – Plus some
We believe in combining the best ingredients together for a more effective, less time-consuming approach to skin care. In keeping with this belief, we have combined niacinamide with Vitamin C in my new Concentrated Illuminator serum. When used together, these two ingredients become even more of a powerhouse, giving you a better chance at a radiant, smooth, even, younger-looking complexion.
A product of two years of intensive research and development, the Illuminator offers a double-dose of antioxidant and anti-ageing protection. Complete with 10% B3 and 10% C (most products contain just 2-5% of niacinamide), it’s the fastest, most powerful way to get visible results.
Pro Tip: Next time a “skin expert” extolls the virtues of their latest and greatest serum or anti-ageing product, be sure to ask, “Does it contain B3?”