What is niacinamide in skin care and why should you use it?

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What is niacinamide in skin care and why should you use it?

Niacinamide is not exactly the catchiest name for a skin care ingredient. It’s a bit of a mouthful and sounds like part of a science experiment but it packs a punch in terms of benefits for your skin.

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Terri Vinson, Founder of Synergie Skin, has answered all of our questions about the skin careingredient below…

What is niacinamide?

“Niacinamide (also referred to as vitamin B3) is an active cosmeceutical with an extraordinary array of skin benefits,” says Terri. “Vitamin B3 is found in a variety of food including green vegetables, grains, eggs, dairy products, meat, fish, milk, and grains so we are unlikely to have a deficiency. However, current studies from The National Institute of Health suggests that B3 works more effectively on the skin when used topically rather than ingesting it orally. So it’s best to add this little dynamo to your skin care regimen daily!”

What does niacinamide do?

“I like to think of niacinamide as the go-to ingredient for everyone. I can’t think of any skin type that would not benefit from this cosmeceutical dynamo,” Terri says.

What skin types would benefit most from using niacinamide in their skin care routine?

Terri explains that the ingredient can help with inflammation, fine lines, dehydration, flaking skin, pigmentation and even skin immunity. “Niacinamide is able to work on so many levels when used topically and everyone will benefit from this skin vitamin,” she says.

What is the best way to incorporate niacinamide into your skin care routine?

“I prefer to formulate niacinamide in the form of a serum. The niacinamide is water soluble, stable and a water-based serum allows optimal penetration into the skin,” Terri says. “Serums, in general, are lightweight and more concentrated with higher levels of active ingredients. However, over-the-counter serums may not be as potent as serums provided by skin aestheticians and cosmetic clinics. Always read the ingredient labels and ask your skin specialist about the active ingredients. Look for a product that contains over 10% niacinamide and you’ll be assured that it packs a punch.”

Products with niacinamide to try…


Synergie Skin Vitamin B

Synergie Skin’s Vitamin B serum has high levels of niacinamide for luminosity, clarity and to rejuvenate and strengthen skin.

Find out more about Synergie Skin Vitamin B >

Ultraderm Absolute B3 Serum

Niacinamide works with hyaluronic acid and peptide complex in this serum to promote a more even complexion while also boosting hydration.

Find out more about Ultraderm Absolute B3 Serum >

Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster

This concentrated 10% niacinamide booster promotes a younger and brighter-looking appearance and works to minimise the visible size of pores. It also contains antioxidant liquorice and green tea to fight free radicals and even out skin tone.

Find out more about Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster >

Ultraceuticals Ultra MD Ultimate B² Hydrating Serum

Hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3 and vitamin B5 come together to restore moisture to the skin and provide long-lasting hydration.

Find out more about Ultraceuticals Ultra MD Ultimate B² Hydrating Serum >

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