Time for an N today in my regular A-Z of skincare series. It’s all about this powerful ingredient form the vitamin B family which is a skin restoring antioxidant with numerous additional benefits especially for ageing skin.
We're talking Niacinamide.
This is a good one as a few of my posts recently have struck a chord with other ladies like me suffering from hormonal imbalances that are wreaking havoc on their skin.
Niacinamide addresses multiple skincare concerns but it’s also actively available in some very cost effective French skincare lines which you’ve been bringing to my attention in your feedback. It works to reduce enlarged pores (ALWAYS been a major concern of mine) uneven skin tone, fine lines, acne scare and rosacea.
You’ve probably heard of niacin, also known as B3 and might already take it in supplement form.
Its commonly found in dish, poultry, red meat, nuts and whole grains too and has fabulous anti-inflammatory properties which make it effective in treating symptoms of acne, psoriasis and rosacea. What you might not know though is that Niacinamide also helps to combat another side effect of ageing – hyper pigmentation and age spots. I noticed my first one last week on my décolletage. So it’s official, I really am getting old! I tried to apply a bit of spit first to see if it would rub off! Like my Grandma Dot used to do with her hankie whenever I had a mucky face. But it ain't budging. It's an age spot alright! Niacinamide has been proven to effectively lighten areas of increased and patchy pigmentation which sounds like a winner to me! You need the right concentration of course - 4% is recommended.
La Roche Posay is one of those brands that has been increasingly popping up in my research and regularly getting name checked.
Their Effaclar moisturizer is only £16.00 and has Niacinamide as one of its key ingredients. Its soothing and perfect for sensitive skin – 100% hypoallergenic and non comedogenic too.
At the pricier end of the market is the fabulous brandSkinceuticalsthat have a range of professional and professional inspired home use serums and solutions for many common skincare concerns. It’s definitely a more clinical as opposed to natural range but for sure delivers hard working results. Their Metacell Renewal B3 cream contains 5% Niacinamide so is great at addressing the signs of photo aging. It’s backed up as you would expect by pretty impressive and significant clinical improvements. Look forward to improved radiance, luminosity and a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
You could also try out Paula’s Choice skincare. Her Skin Balancing Moisturiser at £25 is a mid priced option, lovely and lightweight, easily absorbed but won’t block and clog your pores. Its leaves a matte finish and is great for skin prone to breakouts, blackheads and enlarged pores.
There’s no excuse for suffering in silence ladies.
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