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Why Niacinamide is a must-have in your skincare routine

Niacinamide (also known as nicotinamide) is a form of Vitamin B3 found in food. Water-soluble in nature, this super ingredient is uniquely compatible with a host of skincare products ranging from moisturizers and serums to toners! For the best results, opt for formulas (like serum, moisturizers or sheet masks) that will stay in contact with your skin for plenty of time for maximum absorption. Products like LuxaDerme’s Revive and Radiate 3 Step Masks are ideal for such applications.

Highly sought after, this vitamin is immensely beneficial for all skin types and has a list of unparalleled attributes, making it a must-have in your skincare routine -

  1. Retains Moisture:
    Niacinamide restores the surface of the skin combating dehydration and encouraging moisture retention by enabling the skin to improve its natural production of ceramides - an essential component of your skin's lipid barrier. They are exceptionally helpful in strengthening the skin and preventing water loss so that you have more hydrated and healthy skin that can better defend itself against moisture loss and outside irritants.
  1. Reduces Inflammation & Hyperpigmentation:
    Niacinamide reduces inflammation, helping to ease the sores and redness from various inflammatory conditions like acne and eczema. Research has also found that small concentrations of niacinamide are helpful in lightening dark spots thereby treating hyperpigmentation.
  1. Regulates Oil Secretion:
    Niacinamide's water-retention benefits are not just for those with dry skin types. It helps all skin types (including oily). It can help regulate and stabilize oil production in the skin making it very useful for oily and combination skin types. This goes back to restoring the strength of the skin barrier and, more specifically, the sebaceous glands in the skin that produce oil.
  1. Protects Skin from External Damage:
    Niacinamide greatly reduces the impact of environmental damage due to its ability to improve the skin’s barrier, it’s first line of defense. This is critical for skin health as daily stressors like pollution and UV radiation can cause DNA damage. Niacinamide reduces oxidative cellular damage by increasing the amount of NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) and keep skin stronger and healthy.
  1. Smoothens Fine Lines & Wrinkles:
    Niacinamide helps the regrowth of healthy cells, leading to better synthesis and contributing towards the formation of collagen as well as elastin. This helps in dealing with a lot of the signs of damage that come with aging, including wrinkles and fine lines. Moreover, niacinamide helps to build keratin in the body, a protein which keeps your skin young, firm and healthy. A secondary benefit of smooth and moisturized skin is a natural reduction in pore size.

Generally, niacinamide can be used at any time of day—one to two times daily depending on the formulation—and mostly in combination with other products also without issue. Are you ready to include this superbly versatile ingredient in your skin care regimen?

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