If we asked you to name the best skincare ingredients when it comes to upping your age delay game or tackling blemishes; retinol and niacinamide would probably come to mind.
These weapons are a must-have in your skincare arsenal. Why?
After sunscreen, retinol (aka Vitamin A) is probably the most recommended ingredient by dermatologists to blitz skin ageing culprits. It’s famed for its ability to boost collagen production and for kicking skin cell turnover up a gear. This is essential for two reasons:
- Collagen is what gives skin its plump, dewy appearance. When we are young, we produce collagen in spades. But with age and the constant onslaught of environmental stressors, collagen production slows down, and the bouncy structure it makes to support the skin weaken. By speeding up the production cycle, retinol helps to lock in vital moisture that improves skin’s structure and elasticity, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
- Up until our early 30’s, skin cells typically turnover every 28 days. This means a fresh, glossy layer of skin appears approximately every month. When we hit our mid 30’s however, this slows down to every 50, 60 or even 70 days. When that happens, skin appears dry, lacklustre and fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear. Retinol jumps in to tell your skin cells to make fresher, smoother, younger looking skin
Retinol serums are also effective in indirectly treating acne. It exfoliates dirt and dead skin cells from clogged pores and skin to prevent blemishes from forming. It also stimulates collagen production to reduce the appearance of pores and acne scarring over time.
It’s easy to see why retinol is so loved, but as with many potent ingredients, it’s important to understand when and how to use it, and what other products can be combined to make it more adaptable to your skin.
Can You Use Niacinamide With Retinol?
This is where mega multi-tasker, niacinamide comes to the party.
Because almost all skin types can reap its benefits, niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is a great support to retinol. Not only does it work wonders on strengthening the skin’s lipid barrier by increasing the production of ceramides to form a protective layer locking in moisture and locking out stressors, some dermatologists recommend using niacinamide ahead of retinol treatments to minimise potential irritation.
Similar to retinol, Niacinamide smooths out fine lines, fades hyperpigmentation, reduces excess oil production and signs of skin ageing. As a master instructor of cell communication, niacinamide has the extra bonus of instructing skin cells to make better, healthier, more youthful versions of themselves.
While not all skincare ingredients pair well, lucky for us, niacinamide and retinol are an incredible power combo. You can use them together in one product, or apply them separately. If you’re using separately, it’s recommended to apply niacinamide first to minimise retinol’s potential sensitivities.
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