Niacinamide: what makes it so special

Let's find out the reasons behind the recent cosmetic success of Niacinamide, the molecule with a thousand properties, which pleases the skin

In recent years, niacinamide has increasingly been put under the spotlight in cosmetics, becoming the undisputed protagonist of the most effective and advanced skincare formulations.

What is Niacinamide? From a scientific point of view, it is an amide of niacin, a water-soluble vitamin B also known as nicotinamide, vitamin B3 or vitamin PP. At a systemic level, it has multiple functions: for example, it regulates cellular respiration, protects the skin barrier, controls digestion and promotes good blood circulation. Fortunately, today we know exactly in which foods it is possible to find good concentrations of vitamin B, to make sure we are not deficient in it: spinach, white meat, nuts, seeds, some types of fish such as tuna and salmon. But how does this vitamin perform when applied topically to our skin?

Niacinamide has the reputation of being a versatile and multitasking cosmetic ingredient, and this reputation is more than justified: it is an active with moisturizing, depigmenting, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties and is able to protect the skin barrier, keeping it intact and healthy. In addition to this, its topical application is able to increase cell differentiation and act on photo-aging damages.

Recent studies have also shown an improvement in psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and eczema following niacinamide-based treatments. 

It was only a matter of time before an ingredient capable of performing all these tasks became highly sought after in the most technologically advanced cosmetic formulation: we can in fact find it in facial products designed to improve skin texture, maintain hydration, counteract the appearance of imperfections and lighten sun spots and discolorations.

Another important action of niacinamide is its ability to regulate the synthesis of ceramides, which are fundamental skin components that keep the epidermis intact, hydrated and healthy. The absence of particular negative interactions with other active principles makes it a very appreciated molecule, especially by skincare addicts.

This makes niacinamide a key ingredient to consider in order to keep the skin protected from external attacks and avoid transepidermal water loss (TEWL). That’s why we have included this precious ingredient in the formulations of our dermocosmetics.

Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid: the perfect combination

The properties of niacinamide do not stop here: in fact, it is a molecule that knows how to be a great team player. Precisely for this reason it is often combined with other active ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid with different molecular weights, because it is able to enhance its action and benefits on the skin, facilitating its absorption. This particular combination of hyaluronic acid and niacinamide is unique in combating transepidermal water loss, because it is able to act against dehydration on several fronts, thanks to the different characteristics of the two molecules. While hyaluronic acid retains water in the extracellular matrix, niacinamide helps to stimulate the production of lipids and proteins in the stratum corneum, which in turn strengthen the epidermal barrier, counteracting dehydration.

The results of the TEWL test on Aeqium dermocosmetics have been very successful on all the parameters taken into consideration, also thanks to the presence of niacinamide, which plays an important role in the protection of our skin's collagen, in the maintenance of its hydration and in the visible improvement of texture and signs of aging.

That's how niacinamide turns out to be a valuable ally for the health and balance of our skin, which are two fundamental requirements for a skin that is also aesthetically beautiful. And have you tried this prodigious ingredient yet? Why not start today? 

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