Around 99.9 per cent of dermatologists agree that niacinamide is one of the true skincare greats. Up there with vitamin C and retinol, niacinamide serums have many benefits including soothing redness, fighting break-outs and fading dark spots.
Not only does it normalise your skin’s oil production to keep pores clear and break-outs in check, but it also regulates pigment-making cells to fade hyperpigmention. Oh, and it also protects from free-radical damage, and boosts your skin’s hydration levels. Best of all, it’s safe to use on all skin types. Tempted? Here’s our pick of some of the best niacinamide serums on the market.
GREAT TO HYDRATE Hydration is important for all skin types and Skin Inc Vitamin B3+ Serum is a great catch-all product. In addition to vitamin B3, it uses hyaluronic acid and glycerine to hydrate and plump your skin without leaving behind any greasy or tacky residue.
MAGIC MATTE If your skin is oily, you’ll know all about the eternal quest for a matte finish. Look no further than The Inkey List Niacinamide, an excellent mattifying niacinamide serum which regulates your skin’s sebum production so you never look overly greasy or shiny. The bonus here is that regulated oil can also mean fewer blackheads and break-outs.
BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL An uneven skin tone can be seriously frustrating. If you’re dealing with melasma, dark spots or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, try PCA Skin Vitamin B3 Brightening Serum. It suppresses melanin production to keep skin looking even and bright. Stick with it and you may find you have less of a need for make-up to even things out.
DIP YOUR TOE IN Do you already have an established skincare regime that you love? Don’t fancy introducing yet another step? You don’t have to radically switch up your skincare routine to reap the benefits of niacinamide. Just mix a few drops of Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster Serum with your current day cream, night cream, or sunscreen to experience all the glow-boosting benefits of the antioxidant.
ON THE SPOT Nothing knocks confidence like spots. Take on pesky acne with The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. Unlike other harsher acne treating products which contain ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, this ten per cent niacinamide serum with zinc won’t dry your skin out or cause redness and flaking. Instead it will reduce oil production, unclog pores, and cut down on inflammation.
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