Niacinamide: The game-changing ingredient for sensitive skin
Ingredients always matter, especially if you suffer with sensitive skin. People with sensitive skin often have a thin or damaged skin barrier that allows irritants to penetrate, and moisture to be lost easily. Signs of skin sensitivity can include irritation, rough patches, a tight skin feeling, and stubborn dryness.
In addition to avoiding known skin irritants, such as added fragrance, essential oils, harsh exfoliants, and sunscreen, people with sensitive skin should include ingredients that will calm and repair the weakened skin barrier.
One such ingredient is Niacinamide. In this post, we uncover the exceptional skin benefits of niacinamide for skin health and appearance.
WHAT IS NIACINAMIDE?
Niacinamide is a versatile and powerhouse skincare ingredient. It is a type of vitamin B3 which is water-soluble and easily absorbs into the skin. Its exceptional properties make it a powerful ingredient in skincare formulations that aim to address sensitive and reactive skin concerns, as well as common skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis.
SOOTHES AND CALMS IRRITATED SKIN
One of the standout qualities of niacinamide is its remarkable ability to soothe and calm irritated skin. It acts as a potent anti-inflammatory agent, targeting redness, itching, and discomfort commonly associated with sensitive and reactive skin. By reducing inflammation, niacinamide helps restore balance to the skin, relieving flare-ups and providing soothing relief. Whether you’re dealing with eczema, psoriasis, or skin that is simply a little sensitive, niacinamide offers a calming embrace.
STRENGTHENS THE SKIN BARRIER
A robust and resilient skin barrier is vital for maintaining healthy, comfortable skin. Niacinamide plays a key role in strengthening the skin’s outermost layer, so it can act as a protective shield against external aggressors. By enhancing the barrier function, niacinamide helps lock in moisture, prevent water loss, and fortify the skin’s natural defence mechanism. This is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin.
Niacinamide-based formulas visibly smooth your complexion and reduce the appearance of large pores. By regulating oil production and improving skin texture, niacinamide helps reduce the size and visibility of pores, resulting in a more even-toned and flawless complexion.
When it comes to achieving balanced, healthy skin, hydration is critical. This versatile ingredient fortifies the skin’s protective barrier, resulting in a reduction of inflammation often characterised by dryness, irritation, and flakiness.
REGULATES SEBUM PRODUCTION
Healthy skin is balanced skin. Excessive sebum production can contribute to oily skin, clogged pores, and blemishes. Niacinamide comes to the rescue by regulating sebum production – it stops it from going into overdrive by replenishing essential skin lipids in the skin barrier, preventing inflammatory responses like blemishes and breakouts in the process.
BRIGHTENS SKIN TONE
Regardless of skin type, dull skin is not a good look. Niacinamide has the power to bring radiance back to your complexion by inhibiting the transfer of melanin to the skin’s surface. In doing so, it helps fade dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and other forms of discolouration. This remarkable ingredient also promotes the production of ceramides, fatty molecules essential for healthy and radiant skin.
HOW TO INCLUDE NIACINAMIDE INTO YOUR ROUTINE
The Face Cream from our Essentials range is formulated with non-comedogenic ingredients that won’t clog pores. Enriched with niacinamide, this lightweight daily moisturiser is packed with hydrating and calming ingredients to comfort sensitive and inflamed skin. Shea butter restores natural fats, while glycerin draws water into the skin, while oat kernel soothes and hydrates damaged skin. The addition of Tiger Grass makes The Face Cream formulation immensely calming for reactive skin, with niacinamide working in tandem to reduce redness and soothe irritation.