What is Vitamin B3 and What Benefits Are There for Your Skin?
When it comes to the best vitamins for your skin, you often hear about the benefits of using Vitamins C and A, but there’s another kid on the block that may not be getting the attention it deserves!
Vitamin B3, known scientifically as niacinamide or nicotinamide, is a vital, water-soluble vitamin that our bodies need to function effectively. However, the human body doesn’t store Vitamin B3. Any surplus is excreted through your urine rather than being stored by your body. So it would be best if you had a daily intake of it, absorbed through the food you eat or the skincare products you use, to reap its health benefits.
Some of the top foods you’ll find with Vitamin B3 are:
- Chicken and Turkey breast
- Tuna, Salmon & Anchovies
- Brown rice.
The chances are, you’re already eating these nutritious foods daily. And that’s great! And these are the benefits your skin reaps from using Vitamin B3.
Increase Skin Immunity
Your skin has a defence system in place in the form of immune cells, also known as Langerhans cells. These little warriors protect and repair your skin, soaking-up damaged DNA and preventing cells from becoming pre-cancerous. However, when the Langerhans cells are exposed to the sun, they retreat into the bloodstream, leaving the skin exposed and vulnerable. Research has shown that applying creams with Vitamin B3 to the skin can stop this reaction and, therefore, strengthen the skin’s immunity.
If you want to delay the signs of ageing on the skin and protect it from further damage such as pollution, sun exposure, radiation or toxic chemicals, then antioxidants need to be your BFF.
Niacinamide can remove the damaging free radical molecules that are created by these environmental factors.
This makes Vitamin B3 a powerful antioxidant that strengthens and stabilises the epidermis.
Vitamin B3 and Hydration
One of the keys to younger-looking skin is optimal hydration. As we age, the skin’s ability to retain moisture decreases significantly which is why fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear, as time goes on. Vitamin B3 to the rescue! Niacinamide has the ability to increase the production of ceramide – a vital lipid in the skin, which keeps skin strong and stops moisture from escaping. You’ll find that your skin is hydrated and less sensitive, making it the perfect vitamin for conditions such as rosacea.
Which Skin Conditions Can Vit B3 Improve?
The gentle nature of vitamin B3 makes it suitable for all skin types and ages and beneficial for healthy or challenged skin conditions. It reduces fine lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone, boosts the skin’s ability to retain moisture, and supports your skin’s immunity mechanisms.
Niacinamide is incredibly effective at reducing pigmentation and age spots by minimising melanin production.
Vitamin B3 also boasts antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to effectively treat some cases of acne – Certainly worth a try!
Vitamin B3 and GERnétic
GERnétic’s products incorporate an array of essential vitamins and minerals to give you outstanding skincare options.
GERnétic has incorporated Vitamin B3 into a Serum (Veinulo Special Plus) and a Cream (Vasco). Veinulo was created as an anti-capillary serum and Vasco as a decongesting cream. These specific products repair capillary walls to decongest and induce better blood flow and skin oxygenation. They also reduce diffused redness and couperose. In addition, because of their Vitamin B3 content, they support your skin’s hydration and boost your skin’s immunity.
Vitamin B3 can be used alongside all your skincare products for incredible results. This one is going on our list of all-time greats for the skin.