• Deborah Verga

Benefits of Niacinamide for Mature Skin

Niacinamide is a powerful anti-aging serum that is proven beneficial for mature skin!

Niacinamide is a anti-inflammatory that helps your skin lock in moisture; improving the skin's lipid barrier.

Your skin's lipid barrier protects your skin from environmental damage.

What is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide is also called nicotinamide, a form of Vitamin B3.

Vitamin B3 is an essential nutrient for your skin.

Niacinamide is not Niacin.

Niacin is another form of Vitamin B3 often found in supplements.

While Niacinamide and Niacin are two forms of Vitamin B3, they are not the same thing.

According to healthline.com: "Niacinamide is one of the two forms of vitamin B3 - the other being nicotinic acid. Vitamin B3 is also known as niacin. Niacinamide and nicotinic acid both provide vitamin B3 activity, but they differ in chemical structure and how they affect your health."

What are the Benefits of Niacinamide for Mature Skin?

It helps prevent trans-epidermal water loss by helping the skin retain moisture.

It helps reduce inflammation

It helps prevent environmental damage to the skin

It helps to lighten dark spots and hyperpigmentation

It helps stimulate collagen production and improve the skin's elasticity

It helps reduce pore size

It helps improve the surface structure of the skin

It helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles

It helps decrease redness and yellowness (sallowness)

It helps control hormonal breakouts and acne

My favorite "stand alone" Niacinamide Serum is from The Ordinary.

I love that The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum is formulated with Zinc PCA to specifically balance sebum activity.

This can be especially helpful if you're suffering from hormonal acne, or hormonal breakouts, due to hormonal fluctuations from menopause.

By the way... if you thought the threat of hormonal acne, or even hormonal breakouts, was something you left behind in your youth, think again. It's a real thing. Sorry to break it to you, sister!

The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum has a pH between 5.50 - 6.50. It's alcohol free, oil free, silicone free, nut free, vegan, gluten free, and cruelty free. And, it's made in the Canada.

How to Store Niacinamide Serum

To get the best possible results from your Niacinamide Serum, it should be housed in a glass container, in a cool environment and away from direct sunlight to ensure it remains potent and you get the longest shelf life.

The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum comes in the correct type of container ensuring the longest shelf life from your serum when properly stored.

Personally, I keep all of my serums refrigerated so they're not subjected to temperature fluctuations and to extend their shelf life.

I reviewed The Best Skincare Mini Fridge to store your serums, moisturizers, Retin-A - all of your skincare! You can read that article, here.

Can I use Niacinamide Serum Everyday?

Yes. Because it's a neutral serum, it's suitable for all skin types on a daily basis.

Actually, The Ordinary recommends applying Niacinamide to the entire face morning and evening before heavier creams.

NOTE: If you use a Vitamin C Serum they recommend not using it in the same routine. If you use Vitamin C in the morning then use your Niacinamide at night.

Parting thoughts...

When I first started using The Ordinary's Niacinamide Serum I did so as part of my evening skincare routine, because I use the Timeless Vitamin C Serum in my morning skincare routine.

Back in June I updated my evening skincare routine and started using prescription Curology (my prescription Tretinoin - Retin A).

Curology includes Niacinamide as part of my custom prescription formula!

I've really liked having Niacinamide as part of my anti-aging skincare. It's really helped even out my skin tone and reduced the pores on my nose.

If you're looking to add a Niacinamide Serum to your skincare regime, I highly recommend the one from The Ordinary, here!

Or, if you want to start using prescription Retin A, I highly recommend Curology, and your Niacinamide can be part of that prescription. Tell your Curology provider when you sign up!

That pretty much covers the benefits of Niacinamide for mature skin. Definitely one you want to have in your anti-aging skincare arsenal!

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