Living in an urban jungle, we are constantly put in stressful situations and exposed to harmful environmental aggressors. When this happens, our skin tends to age a lot faster, feels dehydrated and looks dull. To combat these common concerns, it’s important to introduce this ingredient to save your skin from further damage.
More commonly known as vitamin B3 or — as pros would be familiar with — nicotinic acid, niacinamide is a skin-restoring ingredient that offers a string of benefits for matured skin, and hence, is a popular choice of ingredient for many anti-agers. Besides treating aged complexions, niacinamide helps to minimise the appearance of enlarged pores, treat uneven skin tone and dullness and boosts the production of ceramides (natural lipid molecules that hold skin cells together to retain moisture) to ensure skin looks plump, as well as making sure that an optimal moisture level is maintained.
Additionally, Dr XY Lum of IDS Clinic shares that niacinamide is great at protecting our complexions from external skin irritants and are now (more than ever) commonly being incorporated into many skincare products that help protect from environmental pollution. The best part? It is ideal for oily or combination skin types as it helps regulate oil production, so you don’t have to worry about excess shine. And if you have sensitised complexions, Dr Ian Tan of IDS Clinic also adds that it is a safe and gentle ingredient to treat such complexions.
Above, our picks of the best products infused with this hero ingredient.