As far as superstar vitamins for your skin go, Vitamin C gets all the attention. It’s for good reason, of course—Vitamin C is the brightening essential that skin-care devotees hoard for their regimen.
But there’s another equally important vitamin that’s often overlooked, and that is… drumroll, please… Vitamin B3.
VITAMIN C (Ascorbic Acid)
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“Vitamin C- World's best natural antibiotic, antiviral, antitoxin and antihistamine.”
The key is not the vehicle that Vitamin C comes in, but the form of Vitamin C that is being applied.
From cleansers to serums to moisturizers and face masks, this skin staple has left its mark on a variety of formulas thanks to its widespread properties and ability to regenerate the skin. Vitamin C applied topically in the form of serum appears to be an effective route for delivering ascorbic acid to the skin. Additionally, the skin superstar inhibits an enzyme called tyrosinase, which is responsible for converting tyrosine into melanin, thus preventing hyperpigmentation. You can check out complete range of Vitamin C products from Vya Naturals- Vitamin C Face Wash, Vitamin C Toner, Vitamin C Moisturizer and Vitamin C Serum
Under the umbrella of protection, Vitamin C shines as one ingredient that can target a host of concerns:
- Block Free Radicals
- Restore Moisture
- Minimize Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Boost Collagen Production
- Protect Against UV Rays
- Fight Off Fatigue
- Soothe Irritation
The best part, aside from its vast beauty benefits, is that it doesn’t come with a long list of precautions, unlike some other buzz-worthy skin care ingredients. Vitamin C is generally safe, gentle and effective when used in skin care.
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)
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“Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)- The multi-tasker skin superstar.”
Vitamin B3 is an essential water-soluble vitamin, which is not synthesized in the body. Additionally, the vitamin has been incorporated into skincare products since our bodies don't produce it on their own. Therefore, if we want to reap the brightening benefits of niacinamide, it needs to be applied topically to the skin, or ingested via supplements. You can check out Vya Naturals Niacinamide Serum.
Vitamin B3 is another dark horse when it comes to turbo-charged brightening benefits:
- It's a powerhouse ingredient for brightening and hydration
- Niacinamide is incredibly restorative
- Helps repair damaged DNA
- Reduces the immunosuppressive effects of sun-induced UV rays
- Fights off stressors that can ultimately lead to the deterioration or breakdown of our skin and premature signs of aging like discoloration and wrinkles
On top of that, it moisturizes and gives antioxidant effects. So basically, it does everything and deserves proper real estate in your beauty cabinet ASAP for a healthy, supple complexion.
Can Vitamin C & Vitamin B3 be used together?
Another lesser known fact is that most skincare products work 10 times better when paired with other ingredients.
Sigh of relief: Research has shown that combining Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) and Vitamin C in your everyday skincare routine does not have an adverse effect; in fact, the combination can lead to a wealth of skin benefits.
It’s time for some myth busting, this time about confusing claims about two of our favorite skin care ingredients: Niacinamide and Vitamin C.
Benefits of mixing Vitamin C & Vitamin B3
On its own, niacinamide is a skin-restoring a high-strength vitamin that can visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, fine lines and helps to support barrier function. It also ability to brighten skin and reduce moisture loss. Vitamin C on the other hand is a potent antioxidant that defends skin against environmental assault, helps reduce pigmentation, rejuvenate skin’s surface and improve visible signs of aging.
One more point: Serums should be applied as a first layer post cleansing and toning, in the morning and evening along with other skincare products like creams and facial oils.
Depending on the skin one can use products with Niacinamide and Vitamin C together, but if you have sensitive skin that is easily irritated and is prone to allergies or redness, then alternate your Niacinamide serum and Vitamin C either day to day or apply Niacinamide in the night and Vitamin C in the morning. But if your skin is not particularly sensitive, go ahead give this combo a try!
We invite you to try this duo (am & pm) for yourself. You might find you’ll become a true believer—no myths, just facts and results.