If this multitasking ingredient doesn't already feature in your skincare routine, it will do soon as its popularity is set to soar in 2023
Already embraced by beauty junkies for its many benefits including reducing inflammation and treating hyperpigmentation
, the multi-tasking ingredient niacinamide
is tipped to be even bigger in 2023.
A form of vitamin B3 and one of the most potent topical anti-inflammatories on the market, research has shown that along with skin strengthening, boosting hydration and reducing pigmentation and pores
, this ‘cell communicator’ also helps protect skin from environmental aggressors and damaging free radicals
caused by factors including pollution.
Niacinamide is the perfect starter ingredient to try before moving on to stronger active ingredients such as retinol
– a good trick is to apply it before
using a retinol to help lessen irritation.
Meanwhile, those with mature skin
will find that a product containing a low amount of the ingredient can help with dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and discolouration. Niacinamide is even great for those with sensitive skin
as it is renowned for its healing properties and dampening down inflammation.
Here are a few of our favourite skin and bodycare treats to transform your skin:
Laboratoires SVR Ampoule Flash Sebiaclear, lookfantastic.com
If you’re an acne
or rosacea sufferer, you need this in your bathroom cabinet. Along with 2 per cent niacinamide, this light and soothing anti-blemish concentrate also contains a decent 15 per cent azelaic acid to intensely soothe and unclog pores deep down. Combining azelaic acid
with salicylic acid, zinc and niacinamide, the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial formula is said to visibly reduce imperfections and redness in record time.
Farmacy 10% Niacinamide Overnight Mask
Containing 10 per cent niacinamide, this potent overnight mask visibly improves the skin’s texture, refines pores and helps strengthen the skin. 3 per cent panthenol has been added to restore hydration and strengthen the skin’s barrier
, while upcycled blueberry seed oil helps to transform skin overnight with its antioxidant power. The recyclable glass jar is also sustainable, while the cap is 50 per cent post-consumer recycled (PCR).
Blur London Rebalancing Toner
This rice water is a hyper-fermented toner with a pH value the same as skin. It protects, tones, hydrates, and brightens the complexion, giving a natural glow. Containing niacinamide plus organic ashwaghanda root and glycerine, it works by penetrating deep into the skin, regulating excessive sebum production, calming and protecting the skin from environmental stressors and damaging screen-emitted blue light
. It’s also suitable for sensitive skin types.
Messiah and Eve Body Serum
Brimming with active ingredients, this super concentrated yet lightweight formula packs a powerful punch to bring dull, dry, tired skin back to life. Smoothing on like silk, the serum delivers a potent dose of antioxidants
, fatty acids and the skincare holy trinity - hyaluronic acid, vitamin C
and niacinamide – to every inch of your body, leaving you with plump, smooth, supple, replenished, even toned and radiant skin, just in time for the warmer months.
Allies of Skin Prebiotics & Niacinamide Pore Refining Booster
Another potent product supercharged with 10 per cent niacinamide, plus prebiotics
, probiotics and 12 pore refiners and brighteners, this antioxidant rich formula reduces imperfections and intensely brightens. Use as your daily pore and skin strengthening supplement – it works to promote a healthy microbiome
while fading dark spots and radiance. Additional ingredients include centella asiatica, goji berry, licorice root, coenzyme Q10 and pomegranate extract.
St Tropez Luxe Body Serum
Even mainstream brands are jumping on the niacinamide bandwagon – St Tropez’s latest supercharged serum formula contains the skin saviour, along with dual molecular weight hyaluronic acid
and vitamin B5 for hydration and to help your tan last even longer; a collagen-enhancing complex to reinforce skin fibres and help to strengthen the skin, and the signature St.Tropez Luxe scent to ensure there’s no lingering biscuit scent to ruin the results.