What is Niacinamide and What Are the Skin Benefits

Attaining a glowing complexion is now possible for all skin types, and we love to see our products do the most for you! With so many hero ingredients out there – like hyaluronic acid and Vitamin C– it can be tricky to understand what each one does, and whether or not you should be adding it to your routine.
Niacinamide has been on the skincare radar for a little while now, and for good reason. The benefits of niacinamide are seemingly endless, and it’s friendly for all skin types – even sensitive skin.

What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide belongs to the Vitamin family – specifically Vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 is known for its restorative qualities and is produced naturally within our own bodies. When we talk about niacinamide, we’re referring to the water-soluble and active version of Vitamin B3.

Because of the formula of niacinamide, it can be applied topically to our skin. Niacinamide has a neutral pH and is both gentle and stable, which means it has little to no side effects.

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What does Niacinamide do?

So why is niacinamide so good for skin? At its essence, niacinamide is a soothing and restorative powerhouse. When used topically it works to increase cell energy. Alongside this, it’s has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and it helps strengthens our skin barrier to protect our deeper layers against irritants an allergens.

5 Benefits of Niacinamide for skin

Remember when we said the list of niacinamide’s skin benefits is endless? We really mean it. Whether you want to improve your skin’s hydration, tackle breakouts or help your sensitive skin to rebalance, niacinamide can make an impactful and long-lasting difference. Below are the major benefits of this hero ingredient.

1. Reduces oiliness in acne-prone skin

Niacinamide is highly suited to those with oily or acne-prone skin. If you fall in this skin type category, it means that your sebum (the natural oil produced by your body) is overproducing. This leads to shininess and oiliness in skin, as often breakouts. Niacinamide goes to the source of the issue, by helping to regulate your sebum production. For oily-skin issues, using a sheet mask like our Niacinamide Detox Ampoule Face Sheet Mask for 5 minutes to help rebalance the skin.


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2. Hydrates skin

The inverse of niacinamide’s oil-regulating properties is its ability to keep good moisture locked into skin. For those with dry skin, this is hugely beneficial. What makes niacinamide so hydrating is its restorative qualities. When applied to skin it strengthens and increases the moisture content of our outer skin layer (called the epidermis). When used in conjunction with hyaluronic acid – like our Hydra Bomb Hyaluronic Acid + Pomegranate Sheet Mask – skin feels soft and hydrated

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3. Fades pigmentation and discolouration

Pigmentation in skin is a big concern for Australians. Exposure to the sun can lead to dark spots and discolouration. Even with SPF use, the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays can still change the appearance of our skin. Fortunately, niacinamide is proven to decrease hyperpigmentation in skin. Using it alongside sun protection will help skin to look its brightest and best. For those looking for light coverage alongside protection, layering niacinamide with our BB Cream Even Tone will further illuminate skin and protect with SPF50.

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4. Reduces fine lines and wrinkles

Anti-ageing is one of the most common skincare goals. From 30 we can start to notice signs of ageing including fine lines and wrinkles. Short of finding the youth elixir, there are proactive and impactful skincare steps we can take to protect our skin from these changes. Niacinamide is known to. improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by normalising our collagen production.

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5. Soothes and reduces redness in skin

Finding the right skincare ingredients for sensitive skin can be a struggle. Knowing which products won’t trigger a reaction comes down to understanding your specific skin type. As a form of Vitamin B3, niacinamide is a gentle ingredient which soothes skin. It can also reduce redness by improving the strength of your skin barrier, leading to calmer more comforted skin.

How to use niacinamide?

Because of how gentle niacinamide is, it can be used in both your morning and evening routines. You can apply niacinamide daily and in combination with most ingredients. For those with dry skin, incorporating it into a serum will help you to stay moisturised. Using it in a sheet mask  once every 2 weeks will help rebalance oil production. And by combining it with salicylic acid, acne-prone skin can be cared for. So go forth and prosper! Add this hero ingredient to your routine for healthy, radiant skin.  Link to the niacinamide ampoule face sheet mask.

Going Back to Basics

Multi-step routines can be time-consuming and sometimes confusing. By stripping back your routine to focus on a few potent ingredients like niacinamide, you’re focusing on real benefits. We believe in wellness for your skin and the planet, so our Canna-B Pore Perfecting Serum Cream SPF 15 and 3 in 1 Cleanser improves skin’s texture with Vitamin B3 and is packaged with 100% recycled plastic. For other results that are friendly on the earth, look to our Pinea-C Brightening Serum Cream SPF 15 and the Hyalu-Melon Replumping Serum Cream SPF 15 as part of our Green Labs range.


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Now you know how niacinamide can benefit you, check out our tips to soothing sensitive skin.