Visit a dermatologist’s office with the goal of delaying skin ageing, and there are four things you’re almost guaranteed to hear: broad-spectrum sunscreen, retinol, Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid (which you might find hiding on the labels of some of your skincare products as HA). Most skincare experts recommend Niacinamide for its mega multi-tasking abilities, and Hyaluronic Acid is a firm fave because it’s a champion fighter in the battle for brightness, but exactly what do these two skincare ingredients do, and can you use Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide together?
The skincare benefits of Niacinamide
Niacinamide is a vitamin (B3) and a real do-it-all partner in your skincare regime. It's particularly beneficial for acne prone skin as it's great at controlling the amount of oil (sebum) the skin produces, as well as reducing inflammation. It helps to fade hyperpigmentation and strengthens the skin barrier - essential for helping the skin retain moisture and protect itself from external factors like UV rays and pollution.
It's also effective across all skin types, so whether you need to control your oily skin or want to improve your dry skin by keeping your skin hydrated, Niacinamide is the skincare ingredient that can do it all - with little or no skin irritation for those who may also have sensitive skin.
What does Hyaluronic Acid do for the skin?
While Nicaniamide's power skincare credentials are now clear, we should take a look at how Hyaluronic Acid can help. In a nutshell, Hyaluronic Acid is the key to instantly boosting skin hydration, plumping up fine lines and getting your glow on. Its power to deliver hydrated skin is second to none.
Our own skin cells naturally produce Hyaluronic Acid in a bid to hold, bind and stop the escape of moisture our skin needs to appear plump, dewy and looking younger. But, like other age-controlling agents such as collagen and elastin, the amount of naturally occurring Hyaluronic Acid in our bodies decreases as we age and face the onslaught of environmental aggressors on a daily basis. The good news is that we can help stimulate the production of Hyaluronic Acid through topical skincare. When you apply Hyaluronic Acid, here are some of the major benefits your skin will thank you for.
Maximum skin hydration
Hyaluronic Acid serums act like a tiny sponge which draws in water and holds up to 1,000 times its own weight in moisture. This gives dehydrated or damaged skin cells a much-needed moisture boost to leave skin feeling super soft, pillowy and luminous.
Bye bye botox
Wrinkles and lines tend to make their debut and maintain a perpetual encore as the amount of Hyaluronic Acid naturally produced lessens and cell turnover slows down with age. Boosting Hyaluronic Acid levels plumps up lines and wrinkles to help maintain a youthful glow.
Layer Hyaluronic Acid
Similar to Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid plays nicely with most other skincare ingredients and works on any skin type. This means that you can comfortably pair it with retinols, vitamins and other acids in your skincare routine. Together, Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid are a super skincare combo as they complement each other’s hydrating and youth-boosting effects.
Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid
Niacinamide serums strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier by increasing the production of ceramides that form a protective layer to lock in moisture and lock out environmental stressors. Hyaluronic Acid serums regulate the water coming in and out of individual skin cells. By combining these two ingredients together, you’re tackling skin’s hydration from both angles.
Can Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid be used together?
The benefits of Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid together can be reaped in a single product combining both, or by layering individual products. If you decide to layer, it’s recommended to start with Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate skin cells, and then top it up with Niacinamide to protect the skin’s surface and prevent moisture loss.
Our Hydro-Bound Daily Serum contains both Niacinamide and Hyaluronic Acid, encouraging the skin to rebuild and improve its own structure for a firmer and smoother complexion - and so many other benefits!
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