Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is a powerful ingredient for smoothing lines, lightening pigmentation, and repairing the skin's barrier.
What are the benefits?
Niacinamide is a powerful ingredient for smoothing lines, lightening pigmentation, and repairing the skin's barrier. Though not considered a main ingredient for acne treatment (such as; Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid), Niacinamide is commonly used in formulations targeted at acne sufferers due to its sebum regulating and anti-inflammatory properties.
According to research, niacinamide can increase collagen production as well as the production of other essential proteins including keratin, filaggrin, and involucrin, important for skin's structure and elasticity. Using 4% - 5% niacinamide on a daily basis for 8-12 weeks improved skin structure, resulting in fewer wrinkles. It also shown to fade hyperpigmentation.
Furthermore, niacinamide will improve the synthesis of free fatty acids, cholesterol, and ceramides, resulting in a healthier and stronger skin barrier, reducing transepidermal water loss, and more hydrated skin.
Our Renewal Elixir contains 5% niacinamide amongst other skin benefiting ingredients such as Retinol, Astaxanthin, Bakuchiol, Hyaluronic Acid and Panthenol.
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