This summer, you clearly took advantage of the beautiful weather and the sun to try to refine your tan and come back with delicately golden skin at the start of the school year. But here it is: despite the religious use of sunscreen with an SPF, this damn sun got your skin: spots, hyperpigmentation or even pregnancy mask… You clearly didn’t get that delicate and even tan you dreamed of. Instead, your complexion is darker in some places than others, so you can’t imagine how to go to work without putting on a tinted cream or foundation.
Do not panic, it is a great holiday classic and to remedy it, you will be able to count on an ingredient that is popular at the moment: niacinamide.
Niacinamide: the star ingredient to unify your complexion after the holidays (and all the time)
Better known as vitamin B3, niacinamide is one of the “beautiful skin” active ingredients that is making the buzz at the moment. It is found in skincare from many brands, from the most cutting-edge (The Ordinary, Paula’s Choice, Dr. Barbara Sturm), to the most “general public” (La Roche Posay, Fenty Skin). That is to say if its effectiveness seduces!
But what exactly is she doing? Concretely: lots of things. It will help reduce dilated pores, even out skin tone, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, strengthen the skin barrier and restore radiance. But if we generally talk about it a lot at the start of the school year, after the holidays and therefore prolonged exposure to the sun, it is because it acts quite impressively on hyperpigmentation. Like vitamin C, licorice, retinol and bakuchiol, niacinamide helps reduce the appearance of existing spots, but also limits the appearance of new ones.
Another important point for acne-prone skin, it would seem (but there is little documentation on the subject), that it also helps to unclog pores. What we are sure of, however, is that it also helps to reduce the traces and red spots that can remain on the skin after having pimples. And if your cleaning routine hasn’t been very, very square over the holidays, you might have a few pimples riddled with your sweet face for the whole month of September. When we tell you that niacinamide is the essential ingredient for the start of the school year, we are not making fun of you!
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