Niacinamide is Skincare's Unsung Hero! (Updated 6/11/2020)

Benefits of Niacinamide Niacinamide Vitamin B3

Some skin care ingredients just get all the credit, accolades, praises and media attention!  Most of you are familiar with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Retinol, Ceramides, Glycolic Acid etc....but, when we say "Niacinamide" we get quizzical stares as people repeat back "Ni-a-what?"  Let's delve into why we absolutely love this Unsung Hero of the skincare world.

Niacinamide is actually Vitamin B3!  It's the lesser-known vitamin when we say the "A, B, C's" of skincare.  Most of you know of Vitamin A (Retinol and its variants), other Vitamin B's (Panthenol, Biotin) and of course, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid and its variants). Niacinamide, B3?  It's not sexy.  It's a relatively inexpensive ingredient.  It's been around for years.  It's a quiet Powerhouse and Workhorse in skin care.  But, it's well deserving of loud accolades!  The body of research on Niacinamide is vast, deep, and conclusive.  And scientists keep finding even more reasons we should incorporate it into skin care preparations.

So what does Niacinamide do for the skin?  A better question is what DOESN'T Niacinamide do?  And the breadth of skin types it's good for are--from troubled acne, breakout-prone skin to aging, fragile, mature skin, and everything in-between.  Sensitive skin not only tolerates Niacinamide very well but also reaps its many benefits.  There isn't any 'downtime' or period of acclimating to Niacinamide.  Gentle and effective! 

So, back to the original question.  What does Niacinamide DO? It's definitely a long list of benefits:

  • Pores!  Unclogs and visibly improves the appearance of large pores
  • Improves the skin's barrier against oxidative stress, pollution; and it actually helps repair past damage caused by the environment
  • Improves Hydration
  • Helps regulate the sebaceous glands from overproducing oil
  • Helps other ingredients work better
  • Improves skin tone and uneven skin (hyperpigmentation)
  • Improves appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Multiple studies show that it helps protect against current and past sun damage caused by UV rays
  • Brightens dulled skin
  • Fights against moisture loss and encourages the natural production of ceramides
  • It's gentle and easily tolerated by almost all skin types
  • Helps reduce sensitive skin's irritation.  Reduces blotchiness, redness, and calms the skin.
  • It's compatible with most other ingredients (except it doesn't play well with low pH ingredients such as Glycolic Acid and Vitamin C within the same product).  Let your acidic products "dry down" before applying products containing Niacinamide.  

Because the only group of ingredients Niacinamide doesn't play well with are those with a low pH such as Vitamin C or Glycolic Acid (AHA's and BHA's) we encourage you to use products containing these as 'good neighbors'.  For instance: Use a Vitamin C Serum before or after using a product with a high percentage of Niacinamide (5% or more). Allow the first serum to "dry down" before applying the other serum. Or, alternate the use of these products --such as using Vitamin C serums in the morning and a high percentage Niacinamide product in the evening.

Our love of Niacinamide is not a fling. It's a long-term love affair that we see no reason for ever ending.  At Char's Effectives we use Niacinamide in percentages of between 2% to 4% in many of our products.  It has an important role in our Drench & Quench Serum, the Creamy Bakuchiol Serum, the Youth Anti-Aging Serum with Matrixyl 3000Bakuchiol Cream Moisturizer,  Age-Defying Night Cream, and the Age Defying "AHHH" Day Cream.

And, we think so highly of Niacinamide, we created its own serum--the 10% Niacinamide Serum!  Receive all of the wonderful benefits of Niacinamide in a supercharged serum!

Now that we know the myriad attributes, let's sing the praises of Niacinamide and give it well-deserved accolades. And, more importantly, let's enjoy its lovely and effective benefits in quality skin care!


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