Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinimide - Ingredient Spotlight


HYALURONIC ACID: A BLESSING FOR YOUR SKIN

It seems as if there is always some new breakthrough ingredient that is the biggest skincare ingredient of the moment. While some of these trendy ingredients are not that effective, hyaluronic acid’s reputation is completely justified. This skin-restoring ingredient works well for all skin types and is especially beneficial for more mature skins.

What is hyaluronic acid and how does it work?

As we age, our skin loses moisture, becoming less firm and elastic. What makes hyaluronic acid so special is that it is capable of holding in moisture, more than any other natural or synthetic polymer. This is important for ageing skin as healthy moisture content is one of the most important properties of youthful-looking skin.

Hyaluronic acid also strengthens the barrier layer (the outer layers of our skin). A healthy skin barrier feels softer, smoother and fuller and looks younger. Hyaluronic acid also offers protection by releasing antioxidants to prevent damage by free radicals. It also soothes the skin.

Adding hyaluronic acid to your skincare routine

Hyaluronic acid’s light texture works well for dry and oily skin. It is so mild that you can even use it on sensitive skin. It is also safe to use it in pregnancy or when breastfeeding.

More and more brands are now adding hyaluronic acid to their products. Just check the list of ingredients to see if a product contains it. Remember though, it should not be quite at the bottom of the list, because this means the product only contains a very small amount of hyaluronic acid.

Day and night creams and serums usually contain hyaluronic acid. Make sure to check that the product you want to buy does not contain irritating fragrances, alcohol that dries out the skin or aromatic plant oils. They may counteract the benefits of hyaluronic acid.

 The effect of hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid does not have the same effect as a cosmetic filler (injection with a wrinkle-filling substance), even though some cosmetic brands claim it does. There is no denying that injecting a filler will always be more effective than a topical product that you apply to the skin. If you are considering fillers, then start by giving products with hyaluronic acid a try before you do. Perhaps the results will be so satisfying that you will forget about the fillers altogether!

 

 

NIACINAMIDE IMPROVES YOUR SKIN

 

Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is not yet as well-known as retinol (vitamin A) or vitamin C, but this ingredient has a lot to offer your skin. Whether in your serum, cream or other product: niacinamide is fantastic if you have problems with enlarged pores, an uneven skin tone or fine lines.

Niacinamide also helps limit the damage from free radicals that age the skin (such as exposure to UV rays, environmental pollution and irritating substances).

Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is not yet as well-known as retinol (vitamin A) or vitamin C, but this ingredient has a lot to offer your skin. Whether in your serum, cream or other product: niacinamide is fantastic if you have problems with enlarged pores, an uneven skin tone or fine lines.

Niacinamide also helps limit the damage from free radicals that age the skin (such as exposure to UV rays, environmental pollution and irritating substances).

Why you add niacinamide to your skincare routine

  • Enlarged pores: If you have enlarged pores (due to exposure to the sun or because they are blocked), they are literally stretched. Niacinamide helps to increase the skin’s elasticity, which makes the pores ‘shrink’ again.

 

  • Red blemishes: Research shows that a concentration of 2% (or more) of niacinamide is highly effective to help red blemishes fade more quickly (e.g. the redness left by spots). However, you do need to use a sunscreen with SPF daily.

 

  • Uneven skin tone and fine lines: Just as niacinamide helps enlarged pores return to their natural shape, it has the same effect on the entire skin, making the surface feel smoother and look more even. This process also makes fine lines less obvious.

Niacinamide is an excellent ingredient for people who have problems with both spots and wrinkles.

 

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