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It Ingredient List: The Anti-Ager That Works Wonders For Oily Skin

In this column, we spotlight under-the-radar skincare ingredients that ought to be in your regime.

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.

#1: Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel, $74, Sephora
A gel-type serum that is formulated with pro-vitamin B and pineapple ceramide that attracts and holds moisture in the skin for continuous hydration. It is also made with niacinamide, barberry extract and sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer work together to soothe, protect skin against free radicals and even out skin tone for a healthier-looking complexion. #2: Sigi Skin Pink Nectar Daily Eye Mask, $62
Besides niacinamide, this is powered by a blend of peach, propolis, vitamin E and five types of hyaluronic acid with differing molecular weight to help skin retain moisture and elasticity, provide regenerative and healing properties and ensures skin is continuously hydrated. Bonus: you can use this on your puckers too. #3: Allies of Skin 1A All-Day Pollution Repair Mask, $139
A leave-on mask that can take the place of moisturiser, the improved formulation is now 50 per cent more concentrated and features a new key ingredient known as teprenone. This active ingredient helps to strengthen skin’s cellular lining and also aids in fading dark spots. #4: 111Skin Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask, $170 for a box of five
Crushed gold aids circulation to improve skin’s vitality and revives a dull complexion (thanks to niacinamide and licorice root extract). It also reduces inflammation (it is infused with centella asiatica, which is a major skin soother), helping to improve the appearance of blemishes and also fades away the visibility of age spots and sun damage. It is even saturated with vitamin E and silk amino acids to hydrate and plump up complexions. #5: Allies of Skin Molecular Multi-Nutrient Day Cream, $139
A potent day moisturiser that’s not equipped with eight types of hydrators, 10 antioxidants and 12.5 per cent of the brand’s Nutrient Complex that’s made with ingredients like green tea, caffeine and more. It’s got a lightweight texture and is ideal for those with more problematic skin issues to prevent breakouts and protect skin from environmental aggressors. #6: Canvas Perfect White Renew Brightening Concentrate, $132.20
Besides niacinamide to improve dullness and uneven skin tone, this is also formulated with licorice root to inhibit melanin production in the epidermis and create a protective barrier against the harmful effects of pollution. It also contains chamomile to soothe skin and calm acne breakouts. #7: Skin Inc Vitamin B3+ Serum, $68
Powered by vitamin B3+, niacinamide and panthenol, this hardworker reboots unstable and temperamental complexions by treating blemishes, unwanted breakouts, pigmentation and redness. #8: Peter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Hydra Eye Patch, $145, Sephora
These gold-infused eye patches don’t just look luxurious but feel amazing on the skin too. They impart a luminous glow to the skin around your peepers while helping to lift and firm loose skin as well as hydrate it to plump up the look of fine lines and wrinkles. #9: Dr. Jart Cicapair Cream, $68, Sephora
Besides centella asiatica, which soothes irritated skin, this also contains an advanced Nolsome Capsule, which features a double-layer structure to improve the penetration of ingredients. #10: For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Lumi's Key Lotion, $57, Sephora
This brightening lotion contains dual brightening ingredients known as Lumiskin and Wonderlight to stop the cycle of melanin generation. An olive leaf extract provides continuous skin repair benefits while Vitamin B3 enhances the skin’s barrier function and immunity. Main image: