Niacinamide and vitamin C are phenomenal antioxidants that protect your skin from environmental stresses. It can cause problems like hyperpigmentation and early ageing. Both niacinamide and vitamin C work as a wonderful addition to your everyday routine.
The pyridine 3 carboxylic acid amide form of niacin or vitamin B3 is called niacinamide. It is also known by the term beauty vitamin. Vitamin B3 is essential for your body's cells to carry out necessary chemical reactions and for transforming the food you eat into usable energy. When it comes to skin, niacinamide is a versatile ingredient that is suitable for all skin types. It protects the skin from different types of environmental stresses like pollution and sunlight. Apart from skin, niacinamide is also useful for hair growth and improves the texture of hair. But your body cannot store Vitamin B3 because it is water-soluble, therefore you need to consume nicotinic acid or niacinamide on a daily basis.
Niacinamide provides a variety of benefits:
- It stimulates collagen synthesis to improve fine lines and reduces pores
- It also helps skin produce ceramides to improve its barrier and provide hydration
- Niacinamide prevents excessive production of sebum
- It aids in preventing premature ageing and also treats mild to severe acne on the skin
- As an anti-inflammatory compound, niacinamide calms inflammation and redness of the skin
- It also lightens dark spots and protects against harmful UV radiation of the sun
- Niacinamide is vital for the growth of hair
- It also enhances the appearance of hair by increasing the shine and volume
Kosmoderma's Top Niacinamide Picks
Kosmoderma Dermabrite Cream
It is a skin brightening cream that enhances the radiance of skin by fading away dark spots. Niacinamide, aloe vera and chamomile are the anti-inflammatory ingredients that soothes the skin. Niacinamide in the cream is an antioxidant that slows down the process of ageing. Kojic acid, licorice, gooseberry extract and beta arbutin brightens the skin by treating hyperpigmentation.
Kosmoderma Acne and Blemish Control Serum
It is a special combination of effective botanical components like niacinamide that aids to treat breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads. It also elevates the production of collagen and thus lightens the dark spots. The serum also contains turmeric that provides glow to your skin. Ginger root extract calms the skin irritated due to acne. It is a dermatologically tested serum that fades away scars without drying your skin.
Kosmoderma Hair Gen Shampoo
It is used to treat hair fall issues and promote hair growth. Shampoo contains niacinamide that has circulation boosting properties which helps in growing long hair. It also improves the texture of hair and decreases sensitivity of the scalp. Anagain and caffeine in the shampoo reduces dryness and split ends. Another ingredient in the shampoo is lemon extract that reduces flakiness and itchiness in the scalp. It also controls oil and leads to silky smooth hair.
Kosmoderma Hair Gen Capsule
It is a supplement to protect and nourish your hair. These capsules provide nourishment to the hair follicles and treat frizziness of hair. The capsule contains niacinamide that helps in boosting circulation in the scalp. Other elements like anagain and amino acids help in building a healthy scalp by activating new phases of hair growth. Mineral and vitamin complexes increase the thickness of hair by reducing the shrinkage of follicles.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
contains antioxidants that make your skin seem bright and healthy. The dermis and epidermis of the skin contains vitamin C which is delivered through the bloodstream. Vitamin C particularly found in the epidermis gets decreased due to UV exposure, ageing and pollution. Due to its high acidity, vitamin C is effective in skin-healing mechanisms. Protein fibres like collagen and elastin help to promote skin cell regeneration. Vitamin C helps in speeding up the formation of collagen and elastin.
Vitamin C provides a variety of benefits:
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- Vitamin C helps in decreasing dryness of skin by providing moisture to it
- It is an antioxidant that reduces inflammation of skin like redness and irritation
- Prevents premature ageing process
Kosmoderma’s Top Vitamin C Picks
Kosmoderma C - Brite Vitamin C serum
It contains ferulic acid and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). They protect the skin from harmful UV radiations of the sun, pollution, harsh weather conditions and brightens the skin tone. The anti-aging serum works together with vitamin C and ferulic acid to prevent wrinkles and age spots. This enables skin to remain firmer. Amla fruit extract hydrates the skin and reduces flakiness in skin.
Kosmoderma Photo Protect Sunscreen Gel SPF 40
It provides UVA/UVB protection and is suitable for all the skin types. The gel forms a protective layer on the skin preventing sun rays from penetrating inside. Ascorbic acid in the gel repairs free radical damage and heals the skin. It also increases the retention of sunscreen on the skin’s surface.
Niacinamide Vs Vitamin C
For brightening the skin, both the compounds perform different mechanisms. Tyrosinase, an enzyme required for the creation of melanin, is inhibited by vitamin C whereas niacinamide limits the diffusion of melanin from your melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) to your neighbouring skin cells
Now, the question arises: Is Niacinamide better than vitamin C? Niacinamide is a gentle compound which is a better option for sensitive skin as compared to vitamin C. Vitamin C is unstable in its active form and so is degradable in nature. It can be degraded by air and light. On the contrary, niacinamide is a stable ingredient which is easy to store. Niacinamide outperforms vitamin C in treating acne and reducing oiliness of the skin. The former lessens the inflammation and also reduces redness. Niacinamide and Vitamin C together can enhance your skin barrier.
Can We Use Both the Actives Together?
Yes, we can use both the ingredients together in the skincare regime. It is safe to use and in some products like Kosmoderma Dermabrite Cream both Niacinamide
and Vitamin C are blended in this same brightening cream. The older research studies said that mixing these two ingredients can cause skin inflammation due to production of a compound named niacin. However, niacin cannot be formed as it requires a lot of heat, which is unlikely to happen in skin care products. Skin care formulations don’t reach those extreme levels of heat. Hence, it is reliable to use both the ingredients together
Using niacinamide with vitamin C works as a potent combination to combat dullness, loss of firmness, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. All types of skin will see a complexion that gradually improves the radiance, smoothness, evenness, and youthful appearance of it. You can also layer two different products containing niacinamide and vitamin C. After cleaning your face, you can apply Kosmoderma C - Brite Vitamin C serum. Then, apply any cream containing niacinamide as per your skin type.
Both niacinamide and vitamin C stand as legitimate skincare powerhouses on their own. It is clearly based on your choice whether to use these ingredients together in one product or to use them separately in different products. Just keep in mind about your skin type and its sensitivity. Vitamin C and niacinamide makes your skin look more even by reducing wrinkles, hyperpigmentation
, fine lines, pimples and dullness.