What is blue light? We all know about UVA and UVB rays (and wear broad-spectrum SPF every day to protect ourselves, right?). Think of blue light in the same family. “Blue light is a spectrum of light that is emitted mainly by the sun, but also by our digital devices,” Andrea explains “as our use of such devices increases, so does our exposure to blue light”. How does blue light affect the skin? Again, think about how UV rays penetrate the skin at different levels. “Blue light has one of the shortest, highest-energy wavelengths which means it can penetrate the…Read more
It can be pretty hard to keep up with skincare and its newest ‘it’ ingredient. There was hyaluronic acid (the really moisturising one), then bakuchiol oil (the natural alternative to retinol) and now niacinamide – it’s everywhere right now. But, what does it actually do?
What is niacinamide?
Simply put, it’s a form of vitamin B3 (like how retinol is actually a form of vitamin A). Like many other vitamins, it’s pretty darn great for the skin because it works with the natural proteins in the skin, strengthening them. So, what’s so good about it?
It’s compatible with all skin types and other products
One thing we love about niacinamide is that is works for all skin types. Yep, even sensitive and rosacea-prone skin. It also works extremely well with any of the other products in your routine (retinol, antioxidants, the lot). Because of this, you can use multiple products containing niacinamide in your daily routine without risking irritation.
It’s great for dry skin
We’re always on the hunt for ingredients that work for dry and sensitive skin. Niacinamide is just that – it helps protect against moisture loss by improving the natural production of ceramides. Look for moisturisers containing niacinamide and apply topically to any irritating dry patches.
It protects against damage from free radicals (like pollution)
Niacinamide is also a powerful antioxidant meaning it has the ability to neutralise free radicals and protect the skin from the damage they cause. This includes premature ageing, hyperpigmentation, inflammatory conditions such as eczema and acne, and even skin cancers.
It helps to reduce the appearance of pores
This one’s a bit of a mystery when it comes to how it manages such a thing. What we do know is that it helps to prevent debris from clogging and stretching the pores. Not only that though, it visibly tightens existing enlarged pores. We’re not complaining.