Ingredient Spotlight: Niacinamide

Meet the powerhouse ingredient Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3. This water-soluble vitamin works with the natural substances in your skin to bring some amazing benefits - think minimised pores, more even skin tone, softened fine lines, glowing skin, and a strengthened skin barrier.

Let’s dive into all things niacinamide…


What does it help with?
Reduces dullness and signs of aging

One of niacinamides superpowers is its ability to rejuvenate and protect the skin from sun damage. This then minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and may help to prevent the look of new ones. 

Important: Niacinamide is not an alternative to wearing SPF

Niacinamides brightening effects can diminish the look of age and dark spots as well as promoting firmness and even skin tone.


Improves skin barrier function

Niacinamide is like your skin’s personal bodyguard! It doesn’t just reinforce your skins protective barriers, it also shields against environmental stressors, toxins and pollution. Niacinamides hydration game is also very strong as it helps seal in critical moisture to prevent dehydration.


Who is it for?

It’s great for all skin types:

  • Normal - when skin is balanced, doesn’t feel overly oily or too dry.
  • Dry - skin that produces less natural. This may cause it to be rough or flaky and often feels tight.
  • Oily - skin that produces an excess amount of sebum and appears shiny and feels greasy - especially throughout the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin)
  • Combination – this includes areas that are dry as well as oily. Commonly, the T-zone is oily, and the cheeks are either dry or normal


How to use

Use morning and night for best results. Always follow with an SPF during the day.


When might I see results?

The skins cell turnover cycle is around 6-8 weeks. What happens during this cycle, in simple terms, is the old skin cells flake off and the new, fresh skin comes to the surface. After this happens is when you can expect to see the benefits of your skincare. The key is to remain consistent in order to see results.


Where can you use it?

Niacinamide can benefit areas all over the body. The ingredient can be found in body lotions and facial serums and moisturisers such as the Formation Niacinamide Serum that can be applied on the face, neck and chest.



At Formation, we love Niacinamide! Our Niacinamide Serum features an ingredient power dynamic of niacinamide and zinc. These work together by reinforcing the skin’s protective barrier, balancing the skin's oils, and keeping pores free of too many pimple-promoting components. By further reducing the effects of toxins and environmental stressors niacinamide and zinc help foster healthier, less congested skin.

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