Niacinamide and Vitamin C: What You Should Know

Niacinamide and Vitamin C: What You Should Know

With so many powerful skincare products on the market, it’s important to know which ingredients are best for your skin. Even more, it’s important to know which ingredients you can mix.

Two popular skin-brightening ingredients are Niacinamide and Vitamin C. We’re here to explain these ingredients and discuss how you can use them together for glowing skin.

What Is Niacinamide?

Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3, which is called Niacin or Nicotinic Acid. Although these two ingredients sound similar, they play different roles in your body. 

Vitamin B3 is important for skin health because it is a big part of the ceramide production process. Ceramides are small building blocks that make up your skin barrier, the outermost layer of your skin that helps keep hydration in and bacteria out.

Vitamin B3 is water-soluble, so your body flushes any unused Vitamin B3 daily. This means it’s important to replenish your supply daily.

While you can get Vitamin B3 from dietary sources like leafy greens, the best way to ensure that Vitamin B3 gets onto your skin is by using a topical skincare product containing Niacinamide.

Niacinamide is also called Nicotinamide in the skincare industry. If you see one or the other on an ingredients list, just know they’re the same.

What Are the Benefits of Niacinamide?

Because Niacinamide supports your skin barrier, it also indirectly supports your immune system. Your skin barrier is your body’s first layer of defense against bacteria and is a crucial part of your immune system.

Because it reinforces your skin barrier, Niacinamide can enhance your skin’s natural hydration system. Your skin barrier not only keeps bacteria out – but it also holds all of your hydration in. Without it, all of the moisture in your body would slowly evaporate in a process called transepidermal water loss (TEWL),

Additionally, Niacinamide can help even out your skin tone by improving the appearance of dark spots and discoloration. Niacinamide also has soothing properties, which makes it a popular complement for sensitizing ingredients like Synthetic Retinol and BHAs.

Niacinamide is also a potent antioxidant, which means it can protect and support your surface skin cells. Your skin can become stressed due to sun damage, leading to premature signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles.

Niacinamide can also help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and can help support oily skin to avoid breakouts.

Who Should Use Niacinamide?

People of every skin type can use Niacinamide! This ingredient is so soothing that even those with sensitive skin can use it.

Because this ingredient helps to hydrate dry skin, it’s great for those with dry skin types. However, since it helps support healthy levels of sebum production, Niacinamide is a great option for oily skin types. 

If you want to experience the benefits of Niacinamide, try our Renew Repair Nightly Treatment. This one-of-a-kind product gives you the transformative results you want without all of the toxic preservatives, fillers, and sensitizing ingredients you can find in most anti-aging products.

Our MADE SAFE certified Renew Repair Nightly Treatment gives you all the good without any of the bad. Our formula floods your skin with nourishing seaweed-derived Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, and Ceramides during the nighttime recovery process. Our ingredients are all-natural, meaning we give your skin ingredients that it knows how to use.

What Is Vitamin C?

You may know Vitamin C as a hero component of orange juice, but this vitamin also plays a major role in your skin health. Known in the skincare world as L-Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin C is one of the most popular ingredients for skin brightening.

Like Vitamin B3, Vitamin C is water-soluble, so it’s important to replenish your supply of this vitamin every day. Although you can get Vitamin C from dietary sources, applying a Vitamin C serum topically is an efficient way to make sure that you see Vitamin C’s skin benefits.

What Are the Benefits of Vitamin C?

As you age, your skin is known to gradually begin to lose collagen and elasticity. This loss of elasticity can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. A topical Vitamin C product can help minimize the appearance of these signs of aging to reveal a youthful-looking complexion despite collagen loss.

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can support your surface skin cells during exposure to irritants like UV rays. While it’s no replacement for sunscreen, applying an antioxidant like Vitamin C can provide an extra layer of protection against sun damage.

Vitamin C can also encourage brightness. Dullness can come about for many reasons, but often it’s a result of dehydration. Vitamin C can reinforce your skin barrier to help your skin retain hydration.

Vitamin C can also brighten the appearance of dark spots by dispersing melanin. Since melanin is the main ingredient in skin pigmentation, this can help even out your overall skin tone.

Who Should Use Vitamin C?

Vitamin C is a great brightening ingredient for every skin type. However, those with sensitive skin may want to look for a formula with lower concentrations of Ascorbic Acid. That’s why we recommend our Vitamin C Booster.

Instead of using unstable liquid Vitamin C, try mixing this powdered Vitamin C into your favorite moisturizer. This potent and effective form of Vitamin C gives the look of brighter skin and helps reduce the appearance of dark spots. 

This booster combines Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid to support surface skin cell turnover and protect overall skin integrity to reveal even-toned, smoother, and brighter-looking skin. The best part is, you can use this Booster day and night for maximum effect.

Can You Use Niacinamide and Vitamin C Together?

Although some powerful skincare ingredients don’t mix, Niacinamide and Vitamin C go great together. Because these ingredients are both powerful antioxidants, they complement each other very well.

That’s why we made our Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C and Niacinamide Brightening Set.  With this set, you can take advantage of the brightening powers of both Vitamin C and Niacinamide together.

Featuring our Renew Repair Nightly Treatment and our Vitamin C Booster, this set gives you double the brightening and anti-aging benefits so you can say goodbye to dark spots, sun spots, and wrinkles!

How Can I Use Niacinamide and Vitamin C Together?

We’ve got you covered if you’re wondering precisely how to combine these two ingredients. Our Ultimate Anti-Aging Niacinamide Vitamin C Brightening Set incorporates both Niacinamide and Vitamin C as star ingredients. 

This set includes both our Vitamin C Booster and our Repair Nightly Treatment for double the brightening and anti-aging benefits!

Our Vitamin C Booster works to help brighten skin and reduce the look of dark spots using a potent, effective form of Vitamin C — Ferulic Acid. Our Ferulic Acid is known to support your overall skin integrity while helping to minimize dark spots to reveal glowing, gorgeous skin.

Simply mix 1-2 shakes of our Vitamin C Booster into our Repair Nightly Treatment,  Our Repair Nightly Treatment features Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid alongside Ceramides to help deliver softness, our Bioferment + Tripeptide 29 combination to help reveal plumper, smoother, and more glowy-looking skin, and Noni, Sod, and Resveratol to help protect and support skin.

Final Thoughts

Although Niacinamide and Vitamin C are both powerful skin-brightening ingredients, they work even better together. Since they are both potent antioxidants, these powerhouse ingredients amplify each other’s effectiveness.

If you think one or both of these ingredients will work for you, head on over to our website. Simply take our quick skin quiz, and we can help you find a skincare routine that is personalized to your skin’s specific needs.


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