According to the European Cosmetic Ingredients Database, niacinamide-based skin care products help to calm irritation and redness, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and pigmentation spots, regulate sebum secretion, prevent the appearance of imperfections, improve skin elasticity and rehydrate the skin. But for vitamin B3 to be truly effective, it is best to find out how to apply the products and to be aware of any contraindications.
Niacinamide in Beauty Care.
Niacinamide is a natural ingredient that is used in the formulation of many light-textured cosmetic products such as serums, toners, water-based creams and gels. Used pure, this active ingredient with multiple actions can also be combined with other active ingredients, including antioxidants (vitamin E), zinc PCA, copper PCA, salicylic acid, caffeine, as well as moisturizing ingredients (hyaluronic acid, vegetable glycerin, shea butter, etc. ...).
Moreover, niacinamide, soothing and non-irritating, is considered a safe ingredient, not subject to restrictions or conditions of use. Niacinamide is well tolerated by the skin and has little risk of allergic reaction. Although it is always recommended to perform a first test in the hollow of the elbow before any application on the face. Indeed, niacinamide can cause undesirable effects, such as itching and burning. It is also a stable ingredient, which means that it is not sensitive to light or heat like vitamin C and can be recommended for all skin types.
How To Use Niacinamide?
Niacinamide can be incorporated into different stages of a skincare routine.
The unifying cleansing gel is concentrated in active ingredients to reduce redness related to imperfections and unify the complexion while cleansing the skin of impurities. It is applied to wet skin in the morning and/or evening. The gel emulsifies in contact with water in a fine foam, to mass the face then to rinse.
Directly after the cleanser, where the soothing tonic is used twice a day (morning and evening). Mixed with Centifolia rose hydrolate and probiotics (Lactococcus lactis), this care will reduce imperfections, reduce redness, moisturize and regenerate the skin.
As an eye contour treatment, where niacinamide can be used in the form of a decongesting serum. Together with caffeine, it maintains hydration while strengthening the skin and reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes over time. In fact, by promoting blood microcirculation around the eye area, niacinamide helps reduce the appearance of bluish/vascular dark circles and watery bags. It can also have an effect on dark circles by reducing their pigmentation. At Typology, niacinamide is also found in our concealer.
Before your usual day or night cream, apply the unifying serum with a 12% concentration of niacinamide all over your face to minimize the appearance of imperfections, tighten pores and reduce feelings of discomfort (redness and irritation). Result: a refined, unified and smoother skin texture.
In body care, it will stimulate the synthesis of ceramides, essential lipids which enter the intercellular bond between cells. The body care, enriched in niacinamide thus makes it possible to limit the water loss at the level of the corneal layer, to fight against dehydration and to prevent the infiltration of irritating agents.
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