Beauty buzzwords come and go, but one that has continually boasted a bevy of praise over the past few years is niacin. Otherwise known as vitamin b3, this wonder ingredient is said to promote cell turnover, repair sun damage and strengthen the skin barrier—and that’s just the beginning.
There are two types of aging skin and one is preventable!
Until recently, it was believed that dry skin, fine lines, wrinkles and brown spots were just normal signs of aging, but we now know, much of this is preventable sun damage. Excessive ultraviolet radiation can cause mutations to the skin’s cellular DNA, these mutations can slow the cells ability to repair themselves, slow energy metabolism (cell division), cause oxidative stress, destroy collagen and may lead to skin cancer. Applying a high quality sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30 can help prevent future damage, but what if you’ve already been exposed?
Niacinamide: The B all of anti-aging
Luckily, Vitamin B comes to the rescue! Niacin, nicotinic acid, niacinimide and B3 – are all forms of Vitamin B and can play a significant role in preventing and reversing skin damage. Vitamin B stimulates the skin’s own repair process at the cellular level, creating generations of healthier skin cells. Vitamin B increases energy to the cells, which in turn increases cell turn over, strengthens the skin barrier and prevents moisture from evaporating. Vitamin B helps your skin act like it did when it was younger!
Beauty from the outside in
Where do we get it? Vitamin B is an essential nutrient, meaning it is essential to our health but not one that our bodies can make so it must be absorbed by outside sources. Eating foods high in Vitamin B is a good start but it must first be digested then circulated through the blood stream and therefore, unable provide high concentrations directly to the skin cells. However, when applying Vitamin B topically to the skin, it bypasses the digestive process and delivers concentrated amounts directly to the skin’s basal cells.
It's all in the delivery
Not all topical B Vitamins are created equal! Vitamin B is water soluble making it a challenge to pass the fatty layers of the stratum corneum. NIA24® Niacin Powered Skin Therapy professional skin care products each contains Pro-Niacin®; a lipophilic, micro-nutrient delivery system, clinically proven to increase the amount of active Vitamin B to the cells.
It enhances your entire routine
The benefits don’t end there. When you combine Pro-Niacin® with other active ingredients such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C, you actually enhance the efficacy of anything you use it with! Two great picks to try; NIA 24® Intensive Retinol Repair combines 5% Pro-Niacin® with Vitamin A for smooth texture and ageless skin. Or NIA 24® Rapid Depigmentation Serum combines 5% Pro-Niacin with Vitamin C and hexylresorcinol, for lightening dark spots and all over brightening giving you glowing, luminous skin.