What is niacinamide

What is niacinamide and its skin benefits?

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You might have heard of Niacinamide or seen it on the labels of skin care products, and you may be wondering what it’s used for and how effective it really is. Read on to learn all about this powerhouse ingredient, what it does, and how Niacinamide can benefit your skin.

What is Niacinamide?

Although the word Niacinamide may sound a little scary, it’s basically Vitamin B3, an essential nutrient for your skin. This is why Niacinamide can help your skin look healthier.

It can be found in vitamin-rich foods, such as kale, mushrooms and almonds, which help take great care of your body from the inside, as well as in our skin care products to pamper it from the outside.

What does Niacinamide do?

Niacinamide is a true multitasker. From boosting hydration to protecting the skin from environmental damage, it offers a wide variety of benefits. It penetrates your skin and helps renew your complexion from within.

Skin benefits of Niacinamide

Although Niacinamide may be less talked about than the wonder ingredient of the decade, retinol, its benefits are just as significant. Here are some of the most amazing skin benefits of Niacinamide:

  • Increases the skin’s ability to maintain hydration. Niacinamide strengthens your skin’s moisture barrier to improve its ability to hold on to moisture. Your skin is less likely to dry out and will stay hydrated for longer. If dry skin is a concern for you, check out our guide on how to tackle dry skin.

  • Improves skin texture. It helps reduce the size of your pores while keeping your skin moisturised.

  • Rejuvenates the eye area. The skin around your eye is extremely delicate, and this is where usually the first signs of skin ageing appear. Niacinamide can help with these skin concerns and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for younger-looking eyes.

  • Helps with dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Niacinamide’s is a true multitasker, it can also help lighten dark spots and the marks of hyperpigmentation.

  • Aids surface skin cell regeneration for younger-looking skin. By locking in moisture, Niacinamide provides your skin with the moisture it needs for natural skin cell turnover to take place properly.

  • Helps with oily skin. Niacinamide helps regulate sebum production and this can help control oily skin.


Olay and Niacinamide

For Olay, Niacinamide is an absolute hero ingredient, so you can find it in most of our products. It’s always in combination with other potent ingredients so you can experience its skin pampering effects, no matter what product form or benefit you would like. Here is an example regimen you could try with products that all contain Niacinamide:

  • Serum. Reveal visibly firmer looking skin with Olay Regenerist Ultra Firming Day Hydrating Face Serum. Supercharged with Niacinamide and Peptides, Olay’s ultra-lightweight serum helps optimise surface cell renewal, improves skin elasticity, and noticeably firms your skin.

  • Moisturiser. Renew your skin’s natural glow with Olay Regenerist Day Face Cream , our most hydrating moisturiser. Infused with Niacinamide and Peptides, it strongly hydrates skin for 24 hours, visibly renewing and firming your complexion.

  • Moisturiser with SPF. Forget about sticky or greasy feeling with SPF moisturisers and have it all with Olay Regenerist Whip Light Moisturiser With SPF30. This revolutionary, light-as-air face moisturiser with SPF not only protects your skin against harmful UV rays, but also actively hydrates and plumps your skin for a lifted, glowing look, thanks to its powerful formula packed with Niacinamide and Peptides for ultimate skin pampering results.

  • Night cream. Wake up to smooth and glowing skin with Olay Retinol 24 Night Face Cream This retinol face cream will bring you 24 hours of hydration and a bounty of benefits, including visible improvements in fine lines & wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots, and pores, by combining two ultra-potent ingredients: Niacinamide and Retinoid Complex. Apply it in the evening and wake up every morning to younger-looking, radiant skin.

  • Eye cream. After moisturising, give your eyes a boost with Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream , which reduces dark circles, wrinkles, and puffy eyes, visibly and instantly. Its powerful formula is supercharged with Niacinamide and Peptides, as well as colour-correcting technology, to reveal younger-looking eyes, reduce the appearance of dark circles or puffiness, and match your unique skin tone.

Ultimate Eye Cream

For Younger-looking Eyes

The bottom line when it comes to Niacinamide

Now that you know that Niacinamide is simply Vitamin B3, and that it is a true superhero ingredient that can help improve your skin’s structure and hydration by strengthening its barrier function, amongst a myriad of other benefits, you may want to read more about the super ingredients in Olay products, like Peptides and the amazing benefits they have for your skin.