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What does niacinamide do for skin?

Niacinamide is a skincare ingredient you’ll see in a number of products, and it can have a really beneficial impact on your skin. But what is niacinamide, exactly?

It’s a form of vitamin B3 and is water-soluble – it works alongside the natural substances in your skin and can help with all manner of skin problems, no matter your skin type!

To find out everything you need to know about niacinamide, how it could benefit your skin, and the products that it features in, read on.

Niacinamide skin benefits

Just what does niacinamide do to help your skin? Niacinamide can do a lot for skin and can be found in a lot of different skincare products, from serums to creams to masks. You can use it alongside other popular skincare ingredients without issue, and it’s even a good option for people with sensitive skin or redness.

It helps to protect your skin against dehydration and moisture loss by helping your skin to improve the production of ceramides – these strengthen your skin and reduce the likelihood of developing concerns like dry and flaky areas or an increase in sensitivity. Niacinamide can help with dry skin too, working alongside moisturisers to improve their hydrating abilities.

How to use niacinamide

It’s easy to incorporate niacinamide into your skincare routine, as you’ll find it in a number of skincare products that will offer plenty of other benefits to your skin. The way in which you use niacinamide will probably depend on your skin type and any particular concerns you might have. Leave-on products containing niacinamide can be used daily – often twice a day – as part of your regular routine, while you could also use niacinamide around your eyes, as it can help with under-eye circles and crow’s feet. You could use a hydrating toner, and then a serum or moisturiser – all containing niacinamide – before finishing with an oil.

Can I use niacinamide and vitamin C together?

If you’d like to use vitamin C as part of your skincare routine, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s compatible with niacinamide, so you can use them together. Make no mistake, a skincare routine including both niacinamide and vitamin C can benefit your skin. In fact, niacinamide works alongside most popular skincare ingredients, from vitamin C to retinol, hyaluronic acid to AHAs and BHAs – it can slot safely into your skincare routine. Niacinamide in skincare Niacinamide is used in the formulas of many popular Garnier products, which we’ll take a closer look at below.


Niacinamide in skincare

Niacinamide is used in the formulas of many popular Garnier products, which we’ll take a closer look at below.

2% Niacinamide + Kale Detox Ampoule Sheet Mask

Our 2% Niacinamide + Kale Detox Ampoule Sheet Mask helps to rebalance dry and oily areas of your face in just five minutes! The formula, which contains niacinamide, brightens and re-energises your skin, and it’s easy to use too.

To make the most of your mask, just unfold it and adjust it to the contours of your face, and let it infuse for about five minutes. Once you’ve done that, remove the mask and massage any excess serum into your skin.


Garnier SkinActive Ampoule mask with Kale
Garnier Ambre Solaire spf 50 super uv sun care

Ambre Solaire Anti-Age Super UV Protection Cream SPF50

To protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays and the effects of ageing, why not try our Ambre Solaire Anti-Age Super UV Protection Cream SPF50? Formulated to reduce the appearance of both wrinkles and dark spots, it contains both hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.

It leaves your skin looking hydrated and feeling smooth and firm, while protecting it from ultraviolet rays, and doesn’t leave a greasy finish. Apply it just before any sun exposure, and don’t forget to reapply it regularly to ensure continued protection – particularly after you’ve been swimming, perspiring, or drying yourself with a towel.


Garnier Pure Active SOS Anti-Blemish Stick

Why not try our Pure Active SOS Anti-Blemish Stick to keep your skin clear and healthy? The formula, which contains niacinamide as well as salicylic acid, matcha, charcoal and clay, works to target oily skin as well as imperfections, spots and blackheads.

When you use the stick, it creates an invisible film over the area it’s applied on, and dries out imperfections in five hours, 89% agree* helping to reduce marks in two days, 79% agree*. Simply apply whenever a blemish appears and repeat twice a day until it’s gone.

**Consumer test, 37 Women, after 2 days, applied 2 times per day


Garnier Pure Active blemish stick
Garnier Skin Active Vitamin C serum

Vitamin C Anti-Dark Spots & Brightening Serum

Containing three hero beauty ingredients - vitamin C, niacinamide and salicylic acid – our Vitamin C Brightening & Anti-Dark Spots Serum has been specifically formulated to enhance glow and give brighter healthy-looking skin, while improving the appearance of dark spots in just 6 days*. The serum can be used twice daily to help brighten the appearance of your skin without feeling heavy or greasy – perfect for oily skin types! Simply massage the serum onto clean skin before your morning or evening moisturiser to reap the benefits!

*Self Assessment, 74 women, after 6 days of use – product applied 2 times per day


If you want to begin incorporating niacinamide into your own skincare routine, why not consider giving our products – like the ones featured above – a try, and see what niacinamide could do for your skin?