Friday, 29 January 2016

Ingredients 101: Niacinamide


WTF: Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3, which is found in different kinds of foods, such as milk, eggs, fish, beans, green vegetables, meat and cereal grains.

Niacinamide is one powerful ingredient with serious skincare benefits. It is perfect in the fight against ageing, as it improves skin elasticity, reduces pigmentation and age spots and improves skin texture. There is also evidence to suggest that niacinamide stimulates cells in the dermis to produce more collagen (the protein that supports skin and gives it its firmness). Niacinamide is also perfect at treating excessive dryness as it helps to increase the production of ceramides (lipids in the outer layer of the epidermis) that help to protect skin against moisture loss, as well as shield it from bacteria and environmental damage. Ceramides form a protective barrier against water loss, so - to keep skin moist and supple - it is important to replace those ceramides lost through aging and skin damage.

If that's not enough to get you going, niacinamide has been shown to reduce acne and redness and help treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea.

Warnings: Niacinamide is considered safe to use topically. However, if you're preggers, I would advise speaking with your doctor before using it.

Get Your Fix: In Paula’s Choice RESIST Skin Firming Line Minimizer 15ml (£45.00 / $50.00 This anti-ageing treatment is designed to help improve the appearance of fine lines, increase skin firmness and stimulate collagen production. Impressively, it is perfect for use on sensitive skin as it is free of retinol. The Skin Firming Line Minimizer comes packaged in an airless syringe dropper, that looks like it came straight out of a lab. As well as looking cool as f**k, this syringe allows for precise product application, whilst the airless container protects the active ingredients, keeping them fresh.


Now the RESIST Skin Firming Line Minimizer obvs contains niacinamide, however it is also formulated with Methyl Glucoside Phosphate Proline Lysine Copper Complex (mouthful, I know), a specialised complex of amino acids, antioxidants and skin barrier repairing and healing ingredients. It also contains Sodium Hyaluronate - the salt of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) - which is more penetrative than HA and able to hold more water than any other natural substance - up to 1,000 times its weight in water!

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