Rarely in the world of beauty do you come across really impressive ingredients. In fact, when you consider just how many products and ingredients out there promise to change the appearance of our skin, there’s probably only a handful that really matter. The powers of renewing retinol, glow-boosting vitamin C, plumping hyaluronic acid and moisture-restoring ceramides have been shouted about from the beauty rooftops loud and clear for years now.
However, while everyone has been caught up in a frenzy over the ingredients that offer up instant, noticeable results, I can’t help but feel as though one very important guy got left behind. It’s not that I have anything against the likes of retinol and vitamin C, it’s just that their promises are quite presumptuous and their aggressive nature makes finding a way to work them into your skincare routine without disrupting things time-consuming. Niacinamide, however, is one powerhouse ingredient that will never give you a tough time or discriminate. Whether you’re prone to breakouts, dryness or pigmentation, niacinamide has got your back. Here’s everything you need to know.
A form of vitamin B, niaciamide is commonly labelled as “B3” on packaging and bottles. One reason that I think niacinamide has slipped through the cracks a little (beside the fact it’s a total tongue-twister), is that it is often referred to in many different ways, causing confusion amongst shoppers. Looking out for B3, niacinamide or niacin on labels is a good indicator you’ll reap the benefits.