You probably know niacinamide. Even if you don’t know how to pronounce it (guilty!), you’ve definitely seen it advertised as the star of your favorite serums. Niacinamide is an impressive and versatile ingredient – no wonder it’s all the rage these days. And, in the spirit of non-control, I’m always ready and willing to talk about the best niacinamide serums I’ve come across.
While some hot beauty trends lack of resistance in the ever-changing world of skincare, niacinamide has been mainstream for quite some time. So believe what you’ve heard: once you start using it, there’s no going back.
I started my journey with niacinamide like many of us have: with The Ordinary’s Niacinamide and Zinc Serum. It was all over my social media feeds, attracting attention for its high efficiency and low cost. I had only just heard about the transformative ingredient, and desperate to experience the skin-saving magic myself, I stumbled across the tiny storefront of The Ordinary on Prince Street in SoHo ( IYKYK) and walked out with the product that would change my skin.
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To this day, I call it my “summer for great skin.” My skin absorbed the niacinamide serum and started to change before my eyes. Stubborn dark spots started to fade, my bumpy texture became silky smooth and my breakouts disappeared overnight. I could not believe it. My skin was eating this ingredient – I was here for the brilliant results.
Eventually, I reached a point of diminishing returns. My skin health skyrocketed and then plateaued. But I wasn’t ready to give up niacinamide just like that. Instead, I started exploring new serums and experimenting with product combinations that would keep my skin on the same steep slope. The introduction of niacinamide was a game changer, but keeping it in my skin care routine was a challenge. That is, until I discovered the best gentle yet effective niacinamide serums.
What is niacinamide?
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that acts as a antioxidant. Just as your body needs antioxidants, so does your skin. They prevent and protect against free radical damage, which occurs when environmental stressors erode your skin barrier. Niacin, the active ingredient in niacinamide, repairs this damage while strengthening your skin.
What are the benefits of niacinamide?
Niacinamide’s restorative properties mean it does just about…everything. It protects your skin while repairing the damage caused by Sun exposure, aging and hyperpigmentation. It has anti-inflammatory properties, so you can get immediate results to soothe redness and calm breakouts, while penetrating deep into your skin for complete renewal.
Niacinamide benefits include:
- Smoothing fine lines
- Smoothing texture
- clean acne
- Stop excessive oil production
- Reduce inflammation
- Discoloration of dark spots
Is it okay to use niacinamide every day?
Yes! Because niacinamide strengthens your skin, you can (and should!) use it morning and night to support your overall skin health.
Niacinamide also helps fortify other ingredients, such as Vitamin C and retinol. The protective barrier and soothing skin this powerhouse provides offsets the dryness and irritation of retinol. It also boosts the effectiveness of other antioxidants by accelerating cell renewal.
How to Use Niacinamide Serums in Your Skincare Routine
Niacinamide serums are the most potent way to deliver a dose of this transformative ingredient. Whether you’re a beginner or a fan of niacinamide, playing around with different formulations can be exciting. When my skin gets used to a product or a combination of ingredients, I like to adopt a minimalist skincare routine for a while before adding the best niacinamide serums back in to really see results.
The Best Niacinamide Serums to Add to Your Rotation
The best niacinamide serums are elegantly formulated to penetrate directly into your skin. Substandard niacinamide serums make my skin sensitive and reactive while pilling under other products. Choosing the right products with active ingredients is always a balancing act. But don’t worry, this roundup of the best niacinamide serums will save you the headache.