THE BIOCHEMISTRY OF NIACINAMIDE IN THE SKIN

Niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) has been incorporated into cosmetic formulations for many years, for good reasons too.

Niacinamide has become prevalent in a wide variety of topical formulations due to its antioxidant activity and has therefore been proposed as an excellent antiaging ingredient. Studies have also shown that niacinamide has shown favorable benefits for inflamed skin, acne prone, pigmented and sun damaged skin.

Molecular structure of Niacinamide

Niacinamide is an essential component of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP). Both NAD and NADP molecules essentially comprise the cellular energy of our cells to perform metabolic functions. There is a marked decrease in cellular concentrations of these two molecules as we age.

Treating the skin with niacinamide makes the skin more resistant to environmental damage as well as trans epidermal water loss. This is essential to prevent further damage to the skin, treat existing damage and help retain moisture in the skin. Studies that were conducted with human fibroblasts also showed that topical applications of niacinamide stimulates the production of new fibroblasts by 20% and increases collagen secretion by 54%.

Niacinamide is readily absorbed into the skin, preferably in a water-soluble formulation with some penetration enhancers. Dermatologists recommended using a formulation with at least 2% niacinamide to experience the benefits, and a maximum of 10%.  

Experience the amazing benefits of niacinamide when you purchase the InnovaGlow Complete Hydrating Serum (6% Niacinamide and 2% Hyaluronic acid) and the Complete Protecting Moisturizer (3% Niacinamide).

 

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