There is a rarely talked about and little known organic compound that actually plays a significant role in the body’s health. In fact, it is a form of one of the most essential vitamins the body requires for healthy function.
The mystery ingredient I’m talking about is niacinamide, and in addition to being essential to the body, it is also highly beneficial to maintain youthful, hydrated and healthy skin.
What It Is
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 found in a number of foods including meat, fish, eggs, green vegetables, nuts, beans, and cereal grains.
This all-important organic compound has been used to treat diabetes and certain skin conditions, as well as for improving digestion and circulation, and lowering blood pressure. Since it has anti-inflammatory properties, it has also been used in the treatment of osteoarthritis as it improves joint flexibility, and reduces pain and swelling.
Internally, the body converts niacin to niacinamide only when an adequate amount of niacin has been consumed and the body has obtained all it needs. The two B vitamin forms are necessary for proper function of fats and sugars in the body, and to maintain healthy cells.
Incidentally, niacinamide performs a similar function in the skin – maintaining healthy cells.
How It Works
When used in skin care, niacinamide is derived from rice bran. The B3 vitamin promotes hydration, brighter looking skin, cellular energy, and collagen synthesis. Thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties I mentioned earlier, it also helps improve acne conditions.
Some of the most powerful functions of niacinamide include decreasing water loss, strengthening the skin’s barrier, and improving the appearance of aging by stimulating protein and collagen synthesis. Another key characteristic of niacinamide is its ability to inhibit the transfer of melanosomes, which helps brighten the skin tone and reduce the appearance of age spots.
One other noteworthy trait of niacinamide is its ability to help reduce the severity of acne. It does this by inhibiting sebaceous gland lipid production and reducing inflammation.
For clients with aging, blemished or dehydrated skin, consider adding niacinamide to their arsenal to help bring the skin back to optimal health.