Hey Betty, I’ve just moved to London and I’ve heard the pollution can cause breakouts. What can I do to prevent them? Ellie B, 25 Being exposed to pollution is (unfortunately) inevitable, especially if you live in a city. We often hear about the effect breathing in pollution can have on our overall health, but what about our skin? I consulted Victoria Schofield, educator at Dermalogica and expert in all-things-skin, “We’re seeing more and more research linking air pollution to skin damage as a result of the pollution particles entering the skin through our pores.”, she explains. Healthy skin relies…Read more
It can be pretty hard to keep up with skincare and its newest ‘it’ ingredient. There was hyaluronic acid (the really moisturising one), then bakuchiol oil (the natural alternative to retinol) and now niacinamide – it’s everywhere right now. But, what does it actually do?
What is niacinamide?
Simply put, it’s a form of vitamin B3 (like how retinol is actually a form of vitamin A). Like many other vitamins, it’s pretty darn great for the skin because it works with the natural proteins in the skin, strengthening them. So, what’s so good about it?
It’s compatible with all skin types and other products
One thing we love about niacinamide is that is works for all skin types. Yep, even sensitive and rosacea-prone skin. It also works extremely well with any of the other products in your routine (retinol, antioxidants, the lot). Because of this, you can use multiple products containing niacinamide in your daily routine without risking irritation.
It’s great for dry skin
We’re always on the hunt for ingredients that work for dry and sensitive skin. Niacinamide is just that – it helps protect against moisture loss by improving the natural production of ceramides. Look for moisturisers containing niacinamide and apply topically to any irritating dry patches.
It protects against damage from free radicals (like pollution)
Niacinamide is also a powerful antioxidant meaning it has the ability to neutralise free radicals and protect the skin from the damage they cause. This includes premature ageing, hyperpigmentation, inflammatory conditions such as eczema and acne, and even skin cancers.
It helps to reduce the appearance of pores
This one’s a bit of a mystery when it comes to how it manages such a thing. What we do know is that it helps to prevent debris from clogging and stretching the pores. Not only that though, it visibly tightens existing enlarged pores. We’re not complaining.