You may be pleased to know that vitamin C and niacinamide are most definitely friends. Together, they form an unstoppable duo; defending against antioxidants to brighten, tighten and even out your skin tone.
To understand how these turbo-charged vitamins work together, let’s first understand how they work alone.
What Does Niacinamide Do?
On its own, there is nothing niacinamide can’t do. It’s a powerful antioxidant, tackles fine lines, fades hyperpigmentation, regulates oil production, and it’s a wizard at strengthening the skin’s lipid barrier. A strong skin barrier locks in vital water skin needs to stay hydrated and plumped, while defending against aggressors such as UV and pollution that irritate the skin and steal its glow.
One of Niacinamide’s skin benefits includes being able to work with all skin types. For oily skin, it whips sebum production into line, preventing excess oil from clogging pores. In acne-prone skin it helps calm inflammation, dulls redness and fades scars. And its ceramide boosting properties works wonders on hydrating and plumping dry skin.
Vitamin C Skin Benefits?
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is a skincare legend for a very good reason. The hype is real. Uneven skin tone, rough texture, fine lines, pigmentation and a lacklustre complexion fade into the past with one of the most powerful antioxidants known to skincare.
Antioxidants reign supreme because they protect against aggressors such as UV and air pollution that damage the skin and affect its ability to keep our skin cells healthy. Healthy skin cells mean brighter, dewier, younger-looking skin.
Impressively, vitamin C's skin benefits aren't only its antioxidant status. It offers an arsenal of other skin-boosting properties that make it an essential for any skincare routine.
First, as a gentle yet effective acid, vitamin C serums stimulate your skin's natural regeneration process helping to repair any damaged skin cells. This in turn stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, both of which help combat premature skin ageing.
Second, it’s a great inhibitor of melanin production (the transfer of melanin cells to skin cells) that causes dark spots, sun spots and hyperpigmentation. Over time, it helps these to fade and with regular use can even help prevent them from forming in the first place.
Third, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone.
Fourth, and what it’s most famous for - it’s probably the best skin brightener out there today.
Vitamin C and niacinamide together are a turbo-charged duo. While they tackle many of the same skincare concerns, they work on them from different angles. Meaning, you solve the problem from all sides instead of just one.
As far as the best way to use this pair; you can choose a product that combines them in one, or layer them separately. If you’re layering; apply niacinamide first and follow with vitamin C, or you apply niacinamide serum in the morning and vitamin C at night.
Who’s ready to up their skincare game with this power duo? If you are, we’ve got some killer recommendations for you:
- Pestle & Mortar, Vitamin C Phase 2 Serum
- Dr Levy, R3 Cell Matrix Mask
- Royal Fern, Phytoactive Anti-aging Serum
- Allies of Skin, Triple Hyaluronic Antioxidant Hydration Serum
For off the charts brightening and hydration, try FaceGym’s Clean + Lift Workout. This boosts FaceGym's Signature Sculpt Workout, we add in Skin IV™️ technology packed with a fusion of vitamins, peptides and acids and lymphatic drainage benefits, to deeply detox (unclog pores and exfoliate away dead skin cells and dirt) and even out skin texture and tone. We also add in a high potency shield shot of vitamin C, to help fade pigmentation and supercharge your glow.