Whether you’re fighting fine lines, wrinkles or pore size, there will be one to suit your skin type in our selection
These days, we are quite literally bombarded with skincare products. And we love it. There are toners touted to decrease pore size, creams that help fight fine lines and winkles, serums to soothe sensitive skin – almost everything, really. It is, at times, slightly overwhelming. But what if there was an active ingredient that could do all of this in a single skincare product? Allow us to introduce you to niacinamide and, more pointedly, niacinamide serums.
What is niacinamide?
If you’re someone with a fastidious skincare routine, you’re probably already accustomed to using products containing vitamins. After all, if they help to benefit our bodies then chances are that they’ll benefit us when applied topically, too. Some you may well already use include vitamin A (what retinol is derived from), vitamin E (which helps with moisture) and vitamin C (to brighten and help with pollution, amongst other things). Niacinamide, as renowned aesthetician and skin expert, Dija Ayodele tells us, “is part of the vitamin B complex”.
What does niacinamide do?
Many things. Firstly, “it plays an essential role in maintaining a healthy skin barrier. It does this by helping the skin to retain moisture,” says Dija. Of course, this makes it a wonderful ingredient for dry skin. But that’s not it’s only use: “It is also a good ingredient for minimising enlarged pores,” Dija continues, which basically means that oily skin types can also appreciate the benefits of niacinamide. Furthermore, it can also be credited with “providing a general brightness to dull skin tones,” she adds. Lastly, research shows that it doesn’t just protect skin cells by maintaining a healthy skin barrier, it renews them, keeping fine lines and wrinkles somewhat at bay.
The best niacinamide serums
The best niacinamide serum for redness
Part of the reason that niacinamide is a useful ingredient in tackling redness is that it’s a gentle molecule that doesn’t irritate sensitive skin. If your redness tends to come with blemishes, it's even more useful: it is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory also.
The best value niacinamide serum
Try: Boots Ingredients Niacinamide Serum (£5)
You’d think that an active ingredient as hardworking as niacinamide would come with a hefty price tag, but you’d be wrong: the Boots Ingredients Niacinamide Serum costs just £5, which, frankly, is cheaper than the cost of lunch when we ‘forget’ to bring ours in from home.
The best niacinamide serum for dark spots
If you’re stressed, there’s a strong possibility that your skin will be too. This, of course, will only make any existing skin problems that you already have worse – like dark spots! Luckily, the Vichy Minéral 89 Probiotic Fractions Recovery Serum for Stressed Skin contains significant quantities of niacinamide to restore you to your rightful radiance.
The best niacinamide serum for acne-prone skin
Try: The Inkey List Niacinamide Serum 30ml (£6.99)
The problem with serums for the acne-prone among us is that they tend to leave our skin feeling parched. Not this one, though. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid to work alongside the power of niacinamide, leaving you with a glowing and clear complexion.
The best hydrating niacinamide serum
As niacinamide and the hydrating powers of glycerin (and company) are both useful in fighting the visible signs of ageing, it’s fortunate that they should both be contained in the Olay Regenerist 3 Point Lightweight Firming Serum.
The best niacinamide serum for oily skin
Teamwork makes the dream work in this La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ Serum. It contains both niacinamide and glycolic acid to regulate oil production, tighten pores, target blemishes, tackle fine lines and increase overall radiance.
Best niacinamide serum for sensitive skin
Whether your skin is just generally sensitive or acutely stressed, it will appreciate the Allies of Skin Prebiotics & Niacinamide Pore Refining Booster. It boost resilience in the gentlest of ways, thanks to a hugely cohesive team of ingredients.
Best niacinamide serum for fine lines
Retinol is perhaps the ultimate anti-ageing ingredient, so a serum formulated with that and niacinamide must really be something special – and it is! Expect a total skin transformation – from your pores to your fine lines and wrinkles – with the Olay Retinol24 Night Serum.