Niacinamide is also known as Vitamin B3 and is one of the power houses of our bodies. It is an essential nutrient for a healthy, functioning body. It helps with the digestive system, nervous system as well as brain function. On ingredient lists, it is called Niacin.
Let’s find out how to use niacinamide serum, what it treats, how to add it to your skin care routine, and which are the best remedies.Most people can get enough niacin and niacinamide by simply eating a balanced diet. Vitamin B3 is found in many common foods, including yeast, milk, eggs, poultry, lean meats and enriched bread and cereals.
What can Niacin do for your skin?
Not only is this vitamin vital to the health and well-being of our bodies but it is also important to the functioning of a healthy skin.
Boosts the immunity of our skin
There are cells in the skin called Langerhans cells. They are responsible for the protection of our skin as well as helps repair our skin when we damage it with too much exposure to the sun.
Vitamin B3 will help these cells repair the skin when they have been exposed and helps your skin to fit off unwanted germs and damage.
Improves redness and blotchiness in the skin
Vitamin B3 will help your skin to protect itself. This, in turn, will help improve your skin’s structure and will reduce the redness in your skin. Redness is a sign of sensitive skin. Your skin becomes sensitive when it is exposed to the dangers in the environment. A poor skin barrier will aid in the problem.
Improves Epidermal Barrier performance
A house stands up straight when the walls of the house are built correctly and have a strong structure, the same goes for your skin. Your skin is better when the top layer of your skin is functioning properly and is healthy. Your lipid layer in your skin helps to keep your skin hydrated and protects it from the sun.
Niacinamide increases your ceramide levels, (a type of waxy, fatty molecules which helps your skin stay healthy and smooth), which keeps your skin strong and helps your skin stay hydrated.
Helps with Hyper-pigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is when the cells in your skin become too dark due to damage of the cells that cause color in your skin, (melanocytes). Over time, these cells become dysfunctional when damaged and may end up causing uneven, patchy spots in your skin. This tends to results in dark patches on your skin. Vitamin B3 will help with this uneven pigmentation by slowing down the transfer of Melanin to your skin’s surface.
Regulates Oil flow
People who tend to suffer from oily skin, tend to love adding this to their daily skin care routine. Niacin helps the skin to control the excessive flow of oil onto the skin surface. By adding this to your skincare instead of medication, you will see that your skin will learn how to control the oil secretion in a natural and healthy way.
Helps reduce lines and wrinkles
In today’s society, aging is a process that people are starting to have nightmares about. Vitamin B3 helps the skin to boost its natural Collagen production. Not only are you boosting the collagen, but by helping your skin to function better, you are also boosting the production of other enzymes that help your skin appearance and aging process. I don’t know about you but this option sounds a lot less painless than sticking injections into my skin every few months.
What is the right quantity of Vitamin B3?
There are a lot of products out there that contain Niacinamide, however, not all of them have the right amount in it. In order for this magical ingredient to work, there needs to be at least 10% in the product.
Unfortunately, not all brand houses are willing to tell you how much they put into the products. You need to look on the ingredient list and if it is close to the top of the list, then it is a good product to buy. The further away from the top of the list, the scarcer the Vitamin is.
When is the best time of day to apply it?
Niacinamide is easiest to find in a serum. A serum looks like an oil that is packed in a dark glass bottle to ensure that the essential oils in the products do not evaporate or spoil.
Due to the properties of the Vitamin, it is best applied in the morning. If you wish to use it twice a day, you are more than welcome to use it at night before you go to bed.
How to use Niacinamide Serum?
After using your face wash and toner, you can apply the serum is a few ways.
Please keep in mind that it is always applied after face wash, toner, exfoliator and mask and it is always before your moisturizer.
- Apply the oil straight onto the skin. Make sure that you rub it in nicely and then apply your moisturizer and SPF.
- You can mix it into your moisturizer. Place some moisturizer into your hand and drop a few drops of the serum into your hand. Mix with your finger and apply to the skin.
- Finally, you can mix the best niacinamide serum, moisturiser and SPF together. I find that 3 products mixed together are not always ideal so try and find a day cream that contains an SPF. It is also one less product for you to buy.
If you want to add some of the serum to your night routine, you can add it to your night cream the say way you would your day cream.
Really pleased with this so far. I have sporadically sensitive skin, and some days I have a difficult time with inflammation. The first night I used this product, I woke up the next morning and noticed my skin was softer and brighter. Love it! It leaves my skin so soft and hydrated.
People prefer to use niacinamide serum once a day as they feel like using it twice is a bit too much for them and they find that it can get a bit pricey after a while.
Niacinamide is a gold mine that we all should have in our skincare products. Your body stops producing collagen from the age of 25 so the sooner you start using Vitamin B3 in your skincare routine, the better you will feel and look in the long run.
Let me know what do you think about how to use niacinamide serum and how it helped your skin.