How to Use Niacinamide for Skin to Boost Its Appearance

Niacinamide is one of the most exciting skincare ingredients you will ever find. Even though it is not as buzzy as vitamin C and retinol, niacinamide is a very active brightening and anti-aging ingredient that does wonders to the skin. 

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that works on the skin to strengthen the skin barrier while treating skin blemishes such as hyperpigmentation, and acne. It also helps to brighten the skin, not to mention its ability to reduce aging spots such as wrinkles.

When you apply niacinamide to your skin, the antioxidant properties of niacinamide will help to protect your skin against environmental aggressors. The antibacterial properties of niacinamide help to protect the skin from bacteria.

Niacinamide does everything you hope your other skincare products do for your skin. The only way to enjoy the breathtaking benefits of niacinamide on your skin is to incorporate the use of niacinamide in your skincare routine.

How to Use Niacinamide in Your Skincare Routine

Niacinamide is a skincare ingredient that does abundant benefits to the skin, ranging from its ability to improve skin tone, reduce anti-aging signs, down to restoring the skin’s moisture and preventing dehydration.

Incorporating the use of niacinamide into your skincare routine is a very good idea. All you need to do is select your preferred choice from the forms of niacinamide, which could be serum, moisturizer, or treatments. 

1. Use Your Cleanser

The first thing to do before you start with the application process is to clean your skin. Do not apply your skincare product to unclean skin. 

Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser that works for your skin type. This will help to prepare your skin for the application of your skincare products. After washing your skin, grab a clean towel and dry your skin with it. 

2. Apply Your Toner

After cleaning your skin, the next thing to do is to apply the toner on your skin. This will help you to prepare your skin for what’s coming next. 

Applying toner to your skin will also help to prevent any form of irritation that may occur during the application of skincare products. 

3. Use Your Niacinamide Cream or Serum

It’s time to apply niacinamide cream or serum. If your skin is sensitive, ensure that you start with a low amount of cream or serum. Pump out two or three drops of the cream or serum on your palm and rub it all over the part of your skin you want to use it on. 

Massage the cream or serum on your skin and allow your skin to absorb it. 

4. Follow Up With Moisturizer and Sunscreen

After applying your niacinamide, Wait for a few minutes before applying your moisturizer. If you are using your niacinamide in the morning, be sure to use a moisturizer that contains sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. 

If your moisturizer does not contain sunscreen, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30. The sunscreen will help to protect your skin from sunburns and photoaging. 

How to Use Niacinamide and Vitamin C

Niacinamide and vitamin C have similar benefits to the skin. They are both brightening agents that can help to give your skin the glow you desire and they both contain antioxidant properties to help protect your skin. 

Using the two ingredients in your skincare routine will work to boost the appearance of your skin. There are three different ways to go about using the two ingredients in your skincare routine. 

The first option — is to layer them into your skincare routine. 

How to do it: 

  • Cleanse your skin and dry it with a clean towel like you would normally do at the beginning of your skincare routine. 
  • Use your toner and then apply your vitamin C to your skin. 
  • When it is completely dry, you can follow up with your niacinamide.  
  • Finish up by moisturizing your skin.

The second option — is to opt for a product that contains both vitamin C and niacinamide. If you are not in for the layering and all that, you can easily just find a product that contains both ingredients in it and use it for the betterment of your skin.

The third option — is to use a vitamin C serum and a moisturizer that contains niacinamide. 

Instead of thinking of ways to layer your sees correctly, you can just apply your vitamin C serum like you normally do in your skincare routine and follow up with a moisturizer that contains niacinamide. 

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How to Use Niacinamide and Retinol

Another wonderful ingredient to use with your niacinamide is retinol. Including both niacinamide and retinol in a skincare routine is no hassle at all. 

The easiest way to use both niacinamide and retinol in your skincare routine is to get a serum that contains both ingredients. Simply apply the serum on your skin before using your night cream and you can also mix it into your night cream.

However, the best way to go about it is using niacinamide in your morning routine and retinol at night, as retinol is known to increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun. 

You can also apply both serums together in your morning routine. 

How to do it: 

  • Cleanse your skin and dry it with a clean towel like you would at the beginning of your skincare routine.
  • Apply your toner on your face and wait for a few minutes before applying your niacinamide.
  • Allow your niacinamide to soak into your skin for a few minutes and then proceed to apply your retinol serum.
  • Follow up with a moisturizer to lock in hydration on your skin
  • Finish up the process by using sunscreen, but only if you are doing this routine in the morning.

To achieve the best possible results, do not apply more than the right amount of application. Overusing these ingredients will do more harm than good to your skin. 

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How to Use Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is another incredible ingredient you can use with your niacinamide. Using these ingredients together properly in your skincare routine will work to give your skin all the exciting boost it needs. 

These ingredients work hand-in-hand to give you more radiant and healthy skin. There are two different ways to go about using hyaluronic acid and niacinamide on your skin. You can use them separately by using one in your morning routine and the other in your bedtime routine. 

It is best to use your hyaluronic acid in the morning routine; to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. You can use your niacinamide at night to give your skin an extra beauty boost.

You can also use them together in your skincare routine by layering them in your skincare routine. 

How to do it:

  • Start by cleansing your face and drying it with a clean cloth or towel
  • Apply your toner and while your face is still damp, apply your hyaluronic acid.
  • Wait for a few minutes for your skin to absorb the hyaluronic acid so that it can help your skin to lock in moisture. 
  • Apply your niacinamide on your skin.
  • Moisturize your skin with your favorite moisturizer.
  • Finish up with a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 after your morning routine.

SEE: Benefits, Uses, and Method of Application of Hyaluronic Acid

How to Use Niacinamide and Zinc

This is another powerful duo of skincare ingredients that works to help the skin to be free from blemishes. These ingredients usually come in a combination serum. To use a serum that combines both niacinamide and zinc on your skin, follow the steps below.

How to do it: 

  • Do a patch test on your skin before introducing the serum to your skincare routine. 
  • Cleanse your skin by washing it with a gentle cleanser that works for your skin type.
  • Use a clean soft towel to clean off the water on your skin.
  • Apply a drop or two of the serum on your skin before you use any other skincare products.
  • You can now use your facial oils and moisturizer to lock in moisture on your skin.
  • Finish up by applying sunscreen on your skin if you are using the serum in your morning routine. 

Using a combination of niacinamide and zinc will work the most on oily or acne-prone skin. You can use these combination serums twice daily on any skin type. 

However, start slowly with your usage of the serum if you are just trying it out. Start by using it once daily before upgrading to using it two times daily. This will give your skin more time to get familiar with the serum to avoid irritation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should you use niacinamide on your skin?

You can use niacinamide on your skin as often as twice daily; both morning and night.

However, you might want to limit your usage to once daily if you are using niacinamide for the first time. Even though it is considered safe for all skin types, you still have to give your body time to get familiar with the product. 

Is it better to use niacinamide in the morning or at night?

You can use niacinamide at any time, either in the morning or at night. You can even use both your morning and night skincare routine. 

How long does it take niacinamide to work?

A minimum of 2-4 weeks. You will start to see a better-looking version of your skin after using your niacinamide consistently for 2 weeks

It could take longer than that, it solely depends on the level of concentration of your niacinamide products.

Conclusion

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that works on the skin to strengthen the skin barrier while treating skin blemishes such as hyperpigmentation, and acne. It also helps to brighten the skin, not to mention its ability to reduce aging spots such as wrinkles.

Niacinamide does everything you hope your other skincare products do for your skin. The only way to enjoy the breathtaking benefits of niacinamide on your skin is to incorporate the use of niacinamide in your skincare routine.

All you need do is pick your preferred form of niacinamide and follow the guidelines provided to you in the article.

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