Ingredient Spotlight :: Niacinamide

3/20/2014 Osmosis Skincare 0 Comments

When was the last time you sat down and really began to understand the function of your skin? Have you ever understood it? Did you know that your skin has it’s own metabolism? Yes, it sure does. Just like the metabolic system we know of systemically that regulates our cellular energy for proper weight distribution, our skin has a native metabolic system with an equally as fascinating and vitally important function. 

Niacinamide, one of the powerhouse ingredients seen throughout our line, effectively increases the skin’s metabolism, allowing your cells to properly communicate with each other for repair, support barrier function, and regulate desquamation. That’s right, when your skin’s metabolic rate is performing at it’s most optimum level via Niacinamide application – cells naturally exfoliate, UV damage and oxidative stress is repaired, and your skin’s first line of defense, your barrier, is intact and ready to defend your largest organ. Unfortunately, like all biological systems, our skin metabolism slows down as we age – this is the reason we begin to form fine lines and wrinkles, and we tend to pack on that weight a bit easier! The metabolic rate can slow even further by extrinsic and intrinsic factors, such as sun exposure, smoking and poor, sugar rich diets. Fret not though, as Niacinamide is here to come to the rescue.

Niacinamide is the biologically active form of Vitamin B3 (Niacin), and it’s reduced form NAD, is by far one of the most important components of proper cellular function, acting as a precursor in over 300 chemical and enzymatic reactions in the skin and body. It has several proposed medicinal applications including anti-inflammation, reversal of photo immunosuppression, and an increase in cellular lipid synthesis. Topically, our patented liposomal Niacinamide will increase ceramide production for improved barrier function, repair photo aged skin, regulate unwanted pigmentation, decrease sebum production, and return your cellular turnover rate to normal. Systemically, it’s involvement in the energy cycle of your cells, known as the Krebs or Citric Acid cycle, will allow free fatty acids and glucose to be more efficiently used and burned as fuel, versus being stored as fat, all while increasing your own native energy without artificial central nervous system stimulation. A win on both ends!

Find Niacinamide topically in our Vitamin A serums, Replenish, Enlighten, Refresh, Refresh PM, Repair, Facial Infusion, and in multiple PowderBlends and Actives. Try Elevate, our natural energy supplement, for a healthy dose of this all-important vitamin.


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