Whenever anyone asks me what one skincare product they should be using for great skin, the answer is always a niacinamide serum. Whilst a good diet, no dairy and a LOT of water are all major contributing factors to the condition of your skin, a good niacinamide serum can hide a wealth of sins.
So what is niacinamide?
Essentially, it’s a Vitamin B3 boost for the skin. You’re likely getting a good amount through your diet, foods like chicken, turkey, avocados, tuna, sunflower seeds, grass fed beef + mushrooms are all great sources of B3. If you take a daily vitamin, particularly a complex aimed at women, it’ll likely contain B3. B3, or niacin, is imperative for a healthy body, it helps your gastrointestinal system function properly and keeps cholesterol levels low, for a happy healthy heart.
What about your skin?
Niacin is great for your insides sure, but what about on the skin? There are a lot of great benefits to using a topical niacinamide serum, including but not limited to;
- Reducing redness or blotchiness in the skin. Using a niacinamide serum helps heal your skin’s epidermal barrier, a fancy way of saying it heals the surface of your skin allowing it to retain moisture, and reduce your skins sensitivity. Your skin will be better protected from the elements and environment, and any blotchiness or redness bought on by exposure will be reduced.
- Better skin immunity. A healthier epidermal barrier will make your skin better protected from sun damage, for healthier skin and a reduced risk of precancerous skin conditions. Your skin’s barrier restored, you’ll suffer less with flaky, dry patches, dehydration and irritation.
- Fewer blemishes. Prolonged use of niacinamide has been proven to show reduced sebum production in the skin, meaning your natural oils are better balanced and your pores are less likely to become clogged. Niacinamide serums are usually also formulated with added Zinc too, which helps blemishes that do occur heal faster.
- Improve areas of hyper-pigmentation. Niacinamide will help slow down the transfer of melanin from the sun into your skin, making that afternoon in the sunshine will help achieve a glowy tan rather than areas of blotchy hyper-pigmentation.
- Minimise fine lines and wrinkles. Niacinamide boosts your skin’s natural collagen production, as well as helping your skin better retain moisture and hydration for plumper, healthier skin.
- Improve dull skin. Dullness, or sallow skin can be caused by continued exposure to free radicals and other nasties in the environment. Niacinamide is a high functioning anti-oxidant, which protects from those nasties, and helps your skin fight them, giving you back your natural glow!
So what serum should you use? Well I’ve used both Glossier Super Pure and The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% Zinc 1%, and I have to admit – there’s not a massive difference. In terms of skincare benefits, you’re going to get the same thing from both. Of course, Glossier is both Vegan and cruelty free, so if you’re thinking about the quality of your products, I recommend checking them out.
The only real, noticeable difference I can see is in the texture. I prefer the Glossier offering, it’s lighter, thinner and absorbs into the skin faster. The Ordinary’s product is thicker, and leaves the skin feeling a little tacky after application. If that doesn’t bother you though, I’d head straight for The Ordinary, as it’s SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper for the same results.
Whichever serum I’m using, I apply it post cleanse with my hands to my face and neck, before going in with my moisturiser in the evening. It’s an easy addition to your daily skincare routine, and it’s the product that has the most impact.
So, have I convinced you?