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Niacinamide: Skincare’s Ultimate Multitasker

  • Written by Scott Broome



One ingredient, multiple uses: why niacinamide is this year’s most relevant skincare ingredient



Niacinamide—also known as vitamin B3—is celebrated as skincare’s brilliant all-rounder. A relative newcomer in commercial cosmetic formulations, this dermatologist-approved ingredient is proving to be a popular choice for consumers seeking to save on time, shelf-space and money when it comes to their post-lockdown beauty regimen.

Scientifically proven to treat a range of skin concerns, including acne, rosacea, pigmentation, dermatitis and wrinkles, topical niacinamide is well tolerated by all skin types and actively improves skin barrier function on a cellular level.

Limiting transepidermal water loss for increased moisture retention, skin resiliency, and structure, this age-defying antioxidant is also clinically shown to inhibit pigment-causing melanin, balance sebum production, reduce inflammation, and operate as a chemopreventive agent.

As one of the few cosmeceutical brands available direct to consumers, Evidence Skincare (ESK) today present their latest niacinamide formulations, B Calm ($85 rrp), B Quenched ($85 rrp), and Enlighten ($95 rrp), as versatile treatment options for consumers seeking more out of their skincare.

Suitable for sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin, B Calm is a lightweight emulsion containing a 5% niacinamide complex designed to soothe skin in distress, balance excess oil production, and improve the appearance of rosacea, redness and inflammation.

For mature and drier skin types, B Quenched combines the powerful benefits of 5% niacinamide with hemp seed oil to reverse transepidermal water loss and fortify the skin’s natural barrier function. Rich in essential fatty acids, the hydrating cream actively reduces the appearance of hyper-pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.

Created specifically for the treatment of hyper-pigmentation, Enlighten combines niacinamide and 4-n-butylresorcinol, a tyrosinase inhibitor, to lighten skin and prevent future melanosome transfer. As a proven alternative to hydroquinone, customers report a significant change in skin clarity following 2-3 months of daily use.

Ideal for morning and evening skin regimens, each product in the niacinamide range is designed to be used independently and in addition to other skincare actives, such as vitamin A, C and E. Made locally in Australia, Evidence Skincare (ESK) is available direct to consumers at www.eskcare.com.

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