This article is sponsored by Olay. As always, all opinions are 100% mine.
We hear a lot more about niacinamide these days, and for some of you, this may be the first time you've heard of this multi-tasking skincare ingredient. But niacinamide has been around for a while and may even provide recipes for its excellent properties for the skin. It might already be in some of your favorite skin care products, like one of mine, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream.
What is niacinamide and what does it do?
Niacinamide, aka vitamin B3, helps improve the appearance and health of the skin over time. Here are some possible actions:
- Increases hydration by strengthening the skin barrier. A reinforced skin barrier is better able to retain essential hydration. Think of it like Spanx but without the restrictive feel… lol.
- Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This binds to the whole strengthening the skin barrier part. The more your barrier is protected and nourished, the smoother your skin will appear and your fine lines and wrinkles will appear less noticeable.
- The borders shine. Niacinamide helps to slow down sebum production which brings us to the next point ...
- Improves skin texture and pore size. So you know how shiny clothes can tend to show EVERY bump and bump? Shiny skin reflects light in a way that can make texture and pores more visible. Thus, by slowing down sebum, niacinamide also contributes to texture and less visible pores.
What's also great about niacinamide is that most people can use it without irritation, and it tends to work well with other products in your skin care routine, including vitamin C. .
Flip the label over and you'll see that many of our favorite skincare products contain niacinamide. I have been using Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream for a few years now and in addition to niacinamide it also contains Hyaluronic Acid, Amino Peptides and other amazing ingredients.
According to Good Housekeeping, Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream hydrates skin "400% better than creams 18 times the price." And I certainly agree, before the infamous "red pot" came into my life, I was put on a particular candle moisturizer with a price close to triple digits. It worked great for my skin, but I'd be a hell of a jerk to keep spending that kind of money on moisturizer when something less than the price of a weekly MetroCard works just as well, if not better.
When it comes to niacinamide, Olay is true to this, this is nothing new. The brand's beauty scientists have been studying niacinamide for 25 years. They have perfected the process so that niacinamide penetrates deep into the skin and works its magic to aid the skin regeneration process. If your niacinamide product isn't formulated correctly, it can't get to where it needs to go and your skin doesn't benefit from it. It's a bit like hating outside the club when you can't get in if you think about it.
I generally use Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream at night all year round. I use the fragrance-free formula, but it's available in a ton of formulas, including those with SPF and Light Whips. During the colder months I add it to my rotation during the day and apply my favorite sunscreen on top or switch to its multi-tasking cousin Olay Regenerist Whip SPF 40.
So it's a little tea on niacinamide and a little more on one of my favorite moisturizers. Have questions about niacinamide? Leave them below!
We all dream of flawless, glowing skin, but with new products constantly hitting the shelves and the seemingly endless skincare advice out there on the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out the skincare routine that’s going to work best for you. You know the basics — drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and wash your face, but what about everything in between ? Luckily, there’s no need to shell out couleurs of cash on any magical procedures or expensive creams to achieve flawless skin.
We spoke with dermatologists and top beauty experts to put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks — plus some top-tested product picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.
' For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic gel or benzoyl peroxide wash works great, ' says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. ' For dry femme mûre skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown ateliers or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an α hydroxy acid cleanser. '
' The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed, ' explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky M. D., an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.
Dr. Tzu says figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
Every skin professionnel we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. ' A lack of water means less radiance and more sag, ' says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products ( cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging ) that have hydrating formulas. And, évidemment, drink around eight glasses of water a day.
Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. ' It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away, ' explains Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.
' We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen, ' says Dr. Gohara. tera fight this, you should ' choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates. ' And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin ( think vitamin C serum ! ).
' These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage, ' says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them ? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. ' Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for cellulite. '
If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them : ' It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too. '
' Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid, ' Joanna advises. ' Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture. ' And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index ( simple and complex carbohydrates ).
to fight épidémie and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how : Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
' Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach, ' says Dr. Palmer. ' But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or course errands. It’s the daily uv exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. ' What kind of sunscreen is best ? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. ' Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact, ' says Dr. Prystowsky.
' Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well, ' says Dr. Prystowsky, ' but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them. ' Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.
It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. ' The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles, ' says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M. D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. ' Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. ' Better hair and skin while you sleep ? Yes, please.