Vitamin B – the anti-ageing weapon you never knew you needed

If there’s one thing we love in a beauty product, it’s versatility. And this next skin enhancing vitamin is a real all-rounder.

Not only is Vitamin B of major benefit to the skin in its own right, but it readily complements other skincare ingredients to boost their anti-ageing properties.

The Vitamin B group called B3, or niacinamide, is easily absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin and works to improve the skin’s hydration levels as well as to prevent the formation of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It’s beneficial for people with dry or sensitive skin, and some studies support its benefits for reducing rosacea.

Vitamin B3 assists in the reduction of uneven pigmentation by slowing down the transfer of melanin to the skin’s epidermis. Including this super-powered ingredient into any hyperpigmentation treatment plan is therefore essential.

“Vitamin B3 is deemed the ‘multi-tasker’ and I believe this cosmeceutical is even more versatile than the antioxidant Vitamin C,” says founder and cosmetic chemist at Synergie Skin, Terri Vinson.

“All of us can benefit from using Vitamin B3. Benefits include increasing the natural deep hydration levels in the skin through increasing ceramide production; improving the strength of the skin by increasing production of skin barrier proteins including keratin; improving skin firmness and reducing the appearance of fine lines by increasing collagen production; improving the immune function of the skin; reducing excess oil production; and reducing uneven skin tone and pigmentation.”

“The best way to maximise the absorption of both Vitamin B3 and retinol are by using an at-home needling device. This significantly increases absorption of the ingredients through the outer layers and to effectively target the cells for optimal results. Using the ingredients at the correct time and with compatible ingredients can also enhance results. For example, retinol and niacinamide are both best used in the evening and should not be used at the same time as acidic products such as AHAs, BHAs and L ascorbic acid,” says Vinson.

We recommend:

  1. Aspect Extreme B 17 Niacinamide Serum, $129
  2. Ultraceuticals Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum, $85
  3. asap Super B Complex with Niacinamide, $95
  4. O Cosmedics O-Biotics B3 Plus, $119
  5. Synergie Skin Vitamin B, $115