Niacinamide the Anti-Aging Powerhouse

There are several cosmetic claims attached to function of Niacinamide. Some claim anti-inflammatory properties that help mitigate acne and excessive oiliness. Others claim anti-aging properties via the molecule’s role in glucose metabolism and protein synthesis promotion. Still others point to a skin whitening or evening effect, on the basis of Niaconamide’s ability to impede melanins. Keep in mind that these claims are just that—claims, not fact.

Like most of skincare science, the exact mechanism is less well-understood than the demonstrated effect. To that end, it would not be genuine to state with certainty Niacinamide’s specific role. So why do we use it? Because it works. (And it’s safe.) We use Niacinamide in the Repairing Night Cream and Nourishing Eye Cream to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

Over time, Niacinamide is a key player in keeping visible signs of aging at bay. Through its role in the biochemical processes responsible for the synthesis of free fatty acids and glycosaminoglycans (like Hyaluronic Acid!), Niacinamide boosts the creation of healthy sebum and extracellular matrices. When the spaces between healthy skin cells are hydrated and full of all the good fats and collagen, your skin remains more elastic and less prone to cracking or wrinkling. Niacinamide isn’t only proactive; it’s absorption into tired skin can reboost dermal matrix components, helping to smooth wrinkles already created.

Important note: There's some evidence out there that Niacinamide should not be used in combination with Salicylic Acid. Or rather, that Salicylic Acid should not be used in combination with any other chemical exfoliant, for fear of sensitivity effects. But the levels of Salicylic Acid are so slight that this isn’t too much of an issue for the Geologie regimen. In fact, the two act as a power duo to help your skin fend off acne and visible signs of aging. Of course, if you have specific sensitivity concerns, it’s best to consult your dermatologist.

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