Skin Matters

Why Your Whitening Cream Needs Niacinamide

It's the best ingredient to get glowing.

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In the battle of whitening cream against whitening cream, the best weapon is always its active ingredient. How then to determine which one wins out as the best and most effective? There is a huge amount of information out there on different whitening agents, both chemical and natural, so it’s easy to get confused.

Plus, there’s a host of skincare goals to be addressed, too—from overall whitening, to brightening dull or aged skin, to plumping it up and pulling off a flushed glow, all the way to lightening and fading dark spots. No wonder may women are daunted by the idea of whitening (and resort to a whole cocktail of chemicals that are untested, unsafe, and potentially painful in the long run!)


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The Holy Grail of Whitening: Niacinamide

It is possible to find an ingredient that is scientifically proven to meet all those whitening concerns. Vitamin B3 or niacinamide (its active form) has continually proven itself as especially beneficial to skin in a number of ways:
  • It inhibits the melanin that your body produces from surfacing to your skin
  • It helps skin retain moisture by fortifying cell barriers against water loss, leaving you with supple and rosy skin.
  • It also protects skin from sun damage, enhancing your SPF. In fact, niacinamide works best when paired with SPF, so make sure you layer your products or choose one that combines both.
  • It has great anti-inflammatory properties for aged or mature skin, reducing redness and the appearance of fine lines and hyperpigmention.
  • At higher concentrations, it can also help resolve acne and lower your skin’s level of sebum production, so it’s even safe for those with sensitive or oily skin due to acne.
But perhaps most importantly, Vitamin B3/Niacinamide is a very promising skin lightening agent because of the unique way it works: It penetrates deep down into your cells, regulating your melanin production and controlling your skin’s natural pigmentation process—all in a very natural and safe way.

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