Be on the lookout for this helpful anti-aging ingredient.

14 07 07 niacinamide

Niacinamide, has recently cropped up in cleansers, serums and moisturizers and quickly become a common anti-aging skin care ingredient. Also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a very stable form of vitamin B that will not irritate the skin when present in higher concentrations within products.

In anti-aging skin care, niacinamide gained popularity partly because of its ability to slow the depletion of NADH and NADPH, two enzymes responsible for metabolizing glucose and producing energy for the cell, and producing collagen. As we age, these enzymes naturally slow in their production and as a result our skin slackens and appears lackluster. This anti-aging miracle worker also brightens the skin, reduces dark spots and lends to an overall younger-looking complexion.

When using serums and moisturizers with niacinamide, skin appears rejuvenated, since niacinamide increases the amount of ceramides and fatty acids in the skin, which work as barriers to keep water in the skin giving us that plump and youthful look. Hydrated skin not only looks brighter and refreshed, but also leads to lower oil production to help avoid breakouts. For those troubled by acne, niacinamide infused product can be beneficial due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties.

TIP: We can apply niacinamide topically to reap its benefits, but we can also find vitamin B3 in our diets. Foods that contain vitamin B3 include cottage cheese, turkey, tuna, eggs, and sunflower seeds.