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How to use niacinamide?

How to use niacinamide?

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, niacinamide is a prime active ingredient for improving the overall appearance of blemish-prone skin. Its antioxidant power also helps to combat photoaging and the emergence of signs of ageing. At Typology, niacinamide is present in several products such as the unifying serum and the purifying toner. How can one incorporate niacinamide into their skincare routine to reap its benefits? We provide all the information on this topic.

What is niacinamide?

Niacinamide is one of the three forms of the vitamin B3. It is naturally found in cereals, legumes, tea, coffee, and meat (liver, offal). It is essential to the body as it plays a role in the production of NAD and NADP, coenzymes recognised as energy transfer molecules. Therefore, it is crucial to supply the body with it through diet to maintain good health.

The niacinamide found in food disperses throughout the body, and the skin receives only a tiny fraction of it. Topical application is the ideal way to reap its benefits.

What skin issues can niacinamide address?

  • Alleviating Redness

    Niacinamide-based skincare is particularly recommended for skin prone to redness. Indeed, its regenerative properties stimulate thehealing process. A gentle active ingredient, niacinamide helps to reduce feelings of discomfort and tightness in atopic, sensitive and irritated skin.

  • Regulating sebum secretion

    The sebum-regulating properties of niacinamide make it an excellent ally for oily skin, whether or not it has imperfections. This vitamin mattifies shiny areas and refines the skin's texture.

  • Diminishing Dark Circles

    By promoting micro-blood circulation, niacinamide helps to smooth out bags and dark circles under the eyes.

  • Prevent and/or reduce the signs of ageing

    On mature skin exhibiting wrinkles and/or fine lines, niacinamide will act in prevention and in treatment. Upstream, thanks to its antioxidant properties, it will protect the epidermis from the harmful effects of free radicals generated by various factors (UV rays, pollution, stress, etc...) and thus prevent skin ageing. Downstream, it stimulates the production of collagen and thus improves the elasticity of the epidermis.

  • Combating skin dehydration

    By stimulating lipid synthesis, vitamin B3 strengthens the hydrolipidic film, thereby enhancing the skin's barrier function. The loss of transepidermal water decreases and the epidermis remains hydrated for longer, preventing the appearance of dehydration fine lines.

  • Diminishing Blemishes

    Its soothing and anti-bacterial properties help to reduce inflammation associated with blemishes.

How to use our niacinamide skincare products?

The unifying serum based on niacinamide (12%) helps to reduce redness and blemishes and refines the skin texture. We recommend applying 3 to 4 drops of this serum to the entire face, which has been previously cleaned and dried, morning and evening. Massage the serum into the skin using circular movements. This niacinamide serum is suitable for all skin types.

The unifying toner contains 7% niacinamide and helps to even out the complexion and reduce redness and blemishes. It is applied to the face morning and evening. Pour a little lotion onto a cotton pad, then apply it by gently dabbing your skin. Its pH, similar to that of the skin, helps to rebalance the skin's pH after each cleansing. This toner also removes any lime scale residues that can dry out the skin.

To combat bags and dark circles under the eyes, the anti-dark circle treatment combines the actions of niacinamide with those of caffeine. Suitable for all skin types, it is available in six shades formulated according to the Firzpartrick phototype scale. Apply a few drops under your eyes, then use your finger to distribute the treatment. You can also use it as a concealer by applying a drop to the affected area.

Enriched with decongesting active ingredients (5% caffeine and 5% niacinamide), the eye serum helps to reduce the appearance of blue circles and bags under the eyes, for a brighter look.

Sources:

  • BOISSY R.E. & al. The effect of niacinamide on reducing cutaneous pigmentation and suppression of melanosome transfer. British Journal of Dermatology (2002).

  • GEHRING W., Nicotinic acid/niacinamide and the skin. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (2004).

  • KREFT D. & al. Niacinamide - mechanisms of action and its topical use in dermatology. Skin Pharmacology and Physiology (2014).

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