A person's make-up cabinet is very nearly a sacred space. The number of different chemical concoctions that go on the skin could make some people's heads spin. Yet day after day, there are people who slap on those holy salves onto their faces and become an entirely different person.
Unfortunately, these holy salves aren't always the best for your skin. It's well known that make-up can cause dry skin and even rashes. And while some companies test their products on animals to what the long-term effects may be, animal testing is generally a good way to make people shun you.
What this means in practical terms is that it's beneficial to know what the exact ingredients are in every single piece of make-up you apply. What's more, it's important to ensure that your make-up and skin care products have ingredients that are scientifically proven to help benefit your skin. Namely, the products that go on your skin should all be made with niacinamide serum.
What Is Niacinanmide Serum?
In simple terms, Niacinamide is a mixtureiol of vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid. For you chemists out there, that may seem a bit redundant. Nictonic acids are simply common forms of the B vitamin. Yet Nictonic acid isn't just niacin. It covers a slightly wider number of acids. Those acids are:
That said, these acids are all related to the B vitamin. Yet the important thing about niacinamide serum is that it's not just a random concoction. It's specially formulated to treat your skin right and help moisturize. There are also tons of other bonuses, but we'll get into that later.
So does that mean a higher amount of niacinamide is better? Not really. Studies have found that a skin cream should only be made of up to 6% niacinamide, and that's if it's specifically designed to be a skin care product. Every day make-ups can (and usually do) get by with a much lower amount, usually averaging out somewhere around 3% of their chemical creation.
Why the difference? Namely the purpose of the product. A skin care cream is specifically formulated to help provide various skin care benefits. Due to that fact, they generally have a high amount of niacinamide in their creation. If a higher percentage of the chemical was beneficial, then many creams would probably have an even higher percentage.
Make-up isn't made for skin care. Its primary purpose is to cover up and help shape your face. Because of that, the niacinamide contained is generally just enough to help keep your skin from drying out or breaking out in rash, but more of its chemical make up is going to be devoted to ensuring it does its primary job.
Why Is Niacinamide So Beneficial?
Niacinamide isn't just good for your skin, it's great for your skin. Naturally, that means it can keep your skin soft and supple. Yet soft and supple is the very basic you expect out of a skin care cream. So just being able to claim that it helps keep your skin soft and supple means very little.
The impressive thing about niacinamide isn't just that it keeps your skin soft and supple, but the way in which it does so. The way it works is by enhancing the skin's natural lipid barrier. This lipid barrier is one of the most important tools your skin has to keep it protected over the long term. Anything you want your skin to do, the lipid barrier is what does it.
How does that work? Let's look a few specifics. We can start with keeping the skin soft and moist. That's vital to healthy looking skin, as well as keeping the skin from growing wrinkles. How does the lipid barrier make that happen? By enhancing the skin's ability to retain moisture. The lipids bond with the water molecules, helping to retain that moisture and stop it from evaporating as quickly.
What about helping to stop redness and rashes? The lipid barrier helps protect the skin from natural irritants. With a strong, healthy lipid barrier, the actions of every day living aren't causing the skin to be constantly brushed against by air, particles of dust floating around, and other things that you might encounter from day to day. With fewer interactions with natural irritants, the skin is capable of repairing itself much more easily. It's not devoting a portion of its natural healing abilities to brand new damage, after all!
As if all that wasn't enough, niacinamide serum also helps regulate your skin's natural oil flow. If you've ever had a problem with oily skin, you know how tempting it can be to wash yourself repeatedly. Unfortunately, all that washing often just makes the problem worse. The skin feels dry after being washed, and that triggers the skin's natural oil production. The next thing you know, you feel just as oily as you did when you first washed up.
The lipid barrier helps get that under control. Because it retains moisture, your skin doesn't have its oil production triggered as readily. This means you won't have to worry about oil production nearly as much as you would normally. And that's all done by ensuring your skin care cream and your make-up all have niacinamide serum as a major ingredient.
Can Niacinamide Serum Repair Skin Damage?
So obviously, this stuff can help keep your skin looking and feeling great. But what happens if your skin is already damaged? Things that help protect don't always help heal, after all. And in some situations, it might even make things worse. You need the right medicine for the right situation, and you can't rely on protection for the cure.
In this case, however, you can. Nicotinamide serum can help heal as well as protect. How? Once again, it's because it helps enhance the natural lipid barrier that everyone has.
As an example, having a strong and healthy lipid barrier can slow the transfer of melanin into your skin. With this transfer slowed, your skin tans more slowly. End result is that you're less susceptible to hyper-pigmentation.
At the end of the day, the results speak for themselves. Ensuring your skin products have niacinamide serum as a major part of their ingredient list is important for your skin's upkeep. There's simply no argument.