Beauty Buzz word: Niacinamide
You may have noticed a mysterious new word popping up all over the beauty world lately – Niacinamide. The latest must-have in skincare, this multi-tasking wonder ingredient is definitely worth adding to cart if you are wanting youthful, clear and glowing skin. Read on as we uncover all things Niacinamide, including what it is, our top Niacinamide product picks, and why it works for just about everyone.
What is Niacinamide (aka Vitamin B3), anyway?
A form of Vitamin B3, Niacinamide is a multi-purpose, water-soluble vitamin that boosts hydration, brightens skin, improves uneven skin tone, regulates oil production and minimises enlarged pores. Not only does it strengthen the lipid barrier to retain moisture in the skin, it also regulates oil to help prevent breakouts, and increases skin immunity by helping to build keratin - a protein that keeps your skin firm and healthy. Ideal for anti-ageing, Niacinamide improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while simultaneously calming the skin and helping its healing ability.
Who is Niacinamide suitable for?
Niacinamide doesn't just manage a myriad of skin problems, it is also suitable for the majority of skin types, including sensitive skin. Aside from normal skin, it is ideal for oily or acne prone skin, redness, dryness or pigmented skin, and is safe to use during pregnancy and breast feeding.
How to introduce Niacinamide into your skincare regime
We recommend starting with a double cleanse with a gentle cleanser like Cosmedix Benefit Clean to ensure your skin is completely fresh and clean.
If you are using a Niacinamide serum, apply 1-2 pumps using your fingertips and gently massage into the skin. DermaQuest Niacinamide Youth Serum or Aspect Dr Multi B Plus Serum are popular choices with our Clinic clientele. Allow serum to completely absorb before application of next product in your routine.
Mix a few shakes of Vitamin B Powder in with your favourite serum or moisturiser. We recommend trying the new Cosmedix Vitamin B Complex Boosting Powder. Once the mixture has been completely absorbed, follow with a hydrating moisturiser such as The Moisturiser by Scott + Sullivan and SPF in the morning.
In addition to being a wonder product for the face, Niacinamide is ideal for to use on the décolletage and backs of the hands. It can be used both morning and night, depending on your regime.
Our Top 5 Niacinamide products:
BEST FOR: Dry Skin
Brand new from Cosmedix, the Vitamin B Complex – Vitamin B Boosting Powder is ideal for all skin types, particularly dry skin. It boasts a range of benefits including improving skin tone and texture, promoting long lasting hydration, replenishing the skin’s moisture barrier and clarifying for clearer skin. Vitamin B Complex also soothes and softens the skin for a smoother, more supple appearance.
BEST FOR: Oily or Acne prone skin
If you have oily or breakout-prone skin, DermaQuest Niacinamide Youth Serum is the serum for you. This popular Vitamin B Serum calms the appearance of redness in the skin, helps even out oil distribution, and enhances the overall tone and texture of the skin.
BEST FOR: Pigmentation
The PCA Skin Vitamin B3 Brightening Serum is our Senior Registered Nurse Leah’s pick for a radiant, hydrated complexion. This multi-tasking serum has been specifically formulated to target pigmentation, with key ingredients like Mulberry Extract, Green Tea Extract and Oligopeptide-51 that work to reduce the appearance of dark spots, dull skin, and redness.
BEST FOR: All Skin Types
Suitable for all skin types, Aspect Dr Multi B Plus Serum is our best-selling Vitamin B serum, infusing your skin with an energising cocktail of Multi B vitamins, while giving your other skin care products a turbo boost! The Aspect Dr Multi B Serum features key ingredients like Vitazymes B Complex, a polypeptide blend of B Vitamins, Niacinamide, Panthenol and Folic Acid. These powerful active ingredients help to regulate oil production, improving the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin tone, while brightening and mattifying the skin.
Change Skincare Beyond B + Serum
*This item is available in Clinic only.
BEST FOR: All Skin Types
New to The Clinic, the Change Skincare Beyond B + Serum harnesses the power of Niacinamide and other active ingredients to restore radiance and provide your skin with the ultimate instant pick-me-up. Ideal for all skin types, Beyond B + Serum offers a boost of Vitamin B5 to add moisture, while Hyaluronic Acid reduces water loss to plump the skin. The result is clearer, softer, healthier skin.
If you are unsure of which is the right Niacinamide for you, we recommend consulting a skincare professional for a tailored recommendation. Whether you visit us in our Bondi Junction clinic, or book a free Facetime video consultation, our Registered Nurses will be happy to provide personalised product recommendations to suit your skin type and concerns.