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Niacinamide & Vitamin C - What makes this combination work wonders?

Niacinamide & Vitamin C - What makes this combination work wonders?


Niacinamide and Vitamin C are two must-have skincare ingredients that have been in the skincare discussion, decades long. It is a fool's play to prove their reputation in the skincare industry. Both Niacinamide and Vitamin C have different forms and derivatives in different skincare products. However, these ingredients always get their controversial limelight when it comes to combining the two. Today we unfold the long-held debate!

Tea is a beverage, but with Tulsi, it becomes an immunity booster. Likewise, what works better in combination, may not have the best results when used alone. That being said, let’s look into the chemistry and know the benefits they offer on a separate basis. 

Why is Niacinamide good for skin? 

One of the most prominent must-have ingredients best known for its skin restoring benefits. Nutritionally known as Vitamin B3, a water soluble vitamin, having its many forms which are used in plethora of skincare products to solve different skin concerns. To name, Niacin and Inositol Nicotinate are different versions of Vitamin B only. 

Let’s enumerate the goodness of Niacinamide before diving into the combination conversation. 

  • Skin Food

Niacinamide has the capability to build keratin which helps in firming and tightening of the skin, keeping it healthy. It neutralizes high phosphate levels in blood and prevents the spread of precancerous or new cancerous cells. 

  • Strong Lipid Barrier

Topical Niacinamide helps skin to produce ceramides that improve the functioning of lipid barrier along with retaining moisture. Niacinamide helps construct a stronger epidermal layer that prevents skin cells from oxidative stress, sunlight, harsh pollutants, fine dust particles and toxins. 

  • Collagen Booster 

Niacinamide works efficiently in collagen production which leads to minimization of enlarged pores and its appearance. It carries a collagen synthesis cofactor which not only prevents early signs of aging but also gets rid of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Corrects pigmentation 

With superior collagen production, Niacinamide corrects the dark spots, eliminates melanin bunching which helps lighten the dark spots and evens skin tone. 

  • Reduces inflammation 

Niacinamide suppresses the cells that lead to inflammation, thereby minimizing redness and blotchiness on the skin. With reduced inflammation, Niacinamide resists the formation of blackheads and sebum accumulation which prevents and treats acne in the first degree. Along with acne treatment, it also improves skin texture, resulting in fewer visible lesions on the skin. 

  • Regulates sebum

Niacinamide controls the functioning of sebaceous glands and regulates the amount of oil secreted. Thereby, preventing gland overdrive, it inhibits excess sebum production. 

  • Inhibits UV damage 

Niacinamide builds a strong ceramide barrier that impedes UV radiation entry into the skin. Its superior collagen production rebuilds the skin from within and replenishes it  with the goodness of Niacinamide. 

Is Vitamin C necessary in our skincare routine?

Another skincare essential ingredient, best known for its potent anti-oxidative properties. Vitamin C also has different forms and derivatives which are used in different skincare products. Ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Calcium Ascorbate are some of the forms and versions of Vitamin C which are extensively used in skincare products. 

Vitamin C is almost similar to Niacinamide when it comes to their benefits, with its prior being 

  1. Superior collagen production
  2. Reducing melanin bunching 
  3. Lightening dark spots and pigmentation

What makes Niacinamide & Vitamin C a powerful combination?

Now you would ask, if they serve the same purpose, why not just use one product? Well, the decision actually lies in your hand and your experience with both of these products. A simple answer to their combination is bringing wealth of skin benefits. There are a good bunch of benefits for both these ingredients separately, but when combined, their complementary nature creates a powerful combination. Let’s take the instance of hyperpigmentation, using this ultimate combination - Vitamin C inhibits the enzyme required for the production of melanin whereas Niacinamide prevents the pigment transfer within the cells. 

This combination has been in controversy for its tendency to mix and turn into Nicotinic Acid. However, this happens when Niacinamide and Vitamin C are combined at a high temperature. This concern now rests down with the present day skincare, where stable versions of Vitamin C are used which makes it better for the combination and the ingredient to work co-efficiently. A point to note, if these ingredients weren’t well compatible, the skincare industry would have lacked their major win. 

Usually Vitamin C is  an unstable molecule that gets inactive when exposed to heat, sunlight, oxygen and some other ingredients. Vitamin C’s nature tends towards a fussier side. Since Vitamin C is an acid, it requires low pH for itself to be effective. However, Niacinamide is more on the neutral pH level, making it less finicky when compared to Vitamin C. However, stable forms of Vitamin C are used to create powerful skincare combinations. Using Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid in combination with Vitamin C also enhances its efficiency. 

How to use Niacinamide-Vitamin C combination?

The choice completely rests on you, though, we would suggest you to try the combination for its unmatched benefits but always do a patch test before trying any new skincare product. 

Being a powerful combination, Niacinamide and Vitamin C combo can be used both in AM and PM ROUTINE. 

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Apart from opting for these two skincare essential ingredients in one, you can also go for separate products but layer them for similar benefits. The layering of skincare should always be from thinnest to thickest. The ingredient is never an issue in layering skincare, instead the consistency should be considered. Take a regime for instance - a Vitamin C serum and Niacinamide moisturizer. In a routine with these products, you would firstly apply the Vitamin C serum and then top it off with Niacinamide moisturizer. 

Tipping Notes 

  • Vitamin C being our fussier bff, make sure to keep it out of heat and sun. 
  • The reactive behavior of Vitamin C makes it essential to dry it after application. This way Ascorbic Acid gets to settle into the skin and gives smaller chances of getting mixed with other active ingredients. 
  • Niacinamide being less delicate combines well with skincare essential ingredients.
  • Enriched with unmatched benefits, Niacinamide is a good choice of ingredient for a moisturizer. As the last step of skincare, it will work wonders on the skin as a moisturizer.

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