Hello beauties!! Let’s have a little skin care education today and talk about a popular ingredient many of my patients have been asking me about lately. It’s called niacinamide, pronounce (ni-ah-cin-ah-mide). It can be found in many foods such as meat, fish and milk, green vegetables and beans. But the real craze is its presence in lotions, creams, sunscreens and facial serums. It comes with a lot of tout and patients are all too excited to tell me they have purchased products with this ingredient, even if they don’t know just what properties this ingredient has! So, let’s discuss.
First, what is it?
It is a form of vitamin B3. It is water soluble and when used topically, works with the natural substances in your skin to improve its look. It works by increasing the natural cellular turnover of the outer layer of skin called the epidermis. It also works as a potent antioxidant to protect your skin from environmental stressors like pollution and sun. And best of all, niacinamide is a potent collagen stimulator to help firm and smooth the skin.
What can it do for the skin?
So, is more necessarily better when it comes to treating skin concerns with niacinamide based products?
Niacinamide, like Retinal or Retin-A, may cause initial irritation with flaking skin and redness. But, this is a good thing! It means your skin is detoxing and is on its way to be healthy and radiant. If you are concerned about this, then start more slowly with using it only 2-3 times a week and then add 1 day per week until using it daily. Also, use only reputable products, like Mikel Kristi, that have been tried and tested and contain appropriate doses of the ingredient.
Mikel Kristi Skincare products with niacinamide:
Naturally at Mikel Kristi Skincare, we wanted to use this powerhouse ingredient and it is in some of our most popular products.
Vital A Rejuvenating Serum: Niacinamide paired with our potent Retinal Vitamin A complex is our Fountain of Youth product. Everyone needs this product for dramatic anti-aging and healthy skin.
Vital C Serum: Niacinamide paired with our super stable and potent Vitamin C complex will help boost your natural collagen production, moisture production in addition to helping to even out skin tone.
Give yourself the gift of great skin and experience Mikel Kristi Skincare today. As always, our skin care concierge service is here to help you with any questions you may have as you embark on your skincare journey!
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