Whenever two great ingredients start becoming popular, there is almost always debate about whether they can be used together so it’s no shock that there is some discussion about whether vitamin C and niacinamide can be used in tandem. That’s why in this article, we’ll talk about what these two highly effective ingredients do, and get to the root of the debate about whether or not they can be used together!
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Main Takeaways: Although, in the past, there has been some debate about whether vitamin C and niacinamide can be used together, there is no reason the two can’t be used simultaneously.
Good to Know: Vitamin C and niacinamide work so well together that they can frequently be found in the same products.
Benefits of Vitamin C
Those of us who are on the vitamin C train can’t imagine what we did before getting on or what we’d do if we ever had to get off. Although most of us probably just think of vitamin C as being something we get from oranges, in fact, it is a true powerhouse skin care ingredient. Let’s talk about some of the great benefits of vitamin C.
- It makes skin glow - If you’ve been experiencing dull, lifeless-looking skin, vitamin C is a true must. Vitamin C is known for its ability to revitalize lackluster skin.
- It protects skin from environmental stressors - You may not be aware of it, but there are environmental stressors out there that are actively trying to harm your skin, but an antioxidant like vitamin C shows up like a superhero to protect it.
- It can help even skin tone - If you have uneven skin tone, then you know what a pain it is to deal with. Luckily, vitamin C will help even out that hard-to-deal-with unevenness.
- It can help reduce the looks of dark spots - Like uneven skin tone, dark spots can be a real pain when it comes to dealing with your skin, but vitamin C can help reduce their appearance.
- It has cleansing properties - While you can’t really use just vitamin C as a cleanser, it does have great cleansing properties that will help keep your skin nice and free of dirt and oil.
- It’s a great anti-aging ingredient - Thanks to its ability to help firm and tighten the skin, vitamin C is a fabulous anti-aging ingredient.
- It helps smooth the skin - Thanks to its exfoliating properties, vitamin C is great for smoothing rough skin. If you have skin with a rough texture, you might want to try incorporating it into your routine.
- It strengthens the skin - Using vitamin C over a period of time will help strengthen your skin so it won’t be quite so vulnerable to environmental stressors and other things that can harm it.
Benefits of Niacinamide
Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is another serious powerhouse skincare ingredient. Usually found in veggies like mushrooms and green peas and fish like salmon, it has a ton of benefits for the skin like:
- It protects the skin from environmental stressors - Just like vitamin C, niacinamide is wonderful about guarding the skin from environmental stressors trying to harm it.
- It helps moisturizers work more effectively - Niacinamide helps skin resist moisture loss so moisturizers work at their optimum levels. If you’re someone with dry or mature skin, look for niacinamide in your moisturizers.
- It helps balance skin’s natural oils - If you have oily skin, then you know how important this is. By helping to control oil, it’ll give your skin a healthy look without making you reach for the blotting paper every five seconds! It also helps prevent clogged pores which, in turn, helps prevent breakouts.
- It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles - Thanks to the winning combination of antioxidants and the ability to retain moisture, niacinamide is a star player when it comes to ingredients that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!
- It has a calming effect on the skin - Niacinamide is a wonderfully calming ingredient so if you’ve got sensitive skin, try using a product with niacinamide in it!
- It helps lighten the look of dark spots - If you’ve got dark spots or uneven skin tone, then you should absolutely try to incorporate a product with niacinamide into your skin care routine!
- It helps brighten the skin - As an ingredient with gentle exfoliating properties, niacinamide is wonderful for brightening the skin and making it look younger!
- It helps firm the skin - As we get older, our skin tends to lose its firmness but niacinamide helps restore it.
Can you use vitamin C and niacinamide together?
As with many powerful, effective ingredients, there is some debate about whether these two can be used together. It seems that long ago there was a school of thought that said when combined, the two would form niacin which can be irritating to the skin. What wasn’t taken into consideration, however, was that this would have to be under very, very hot circumstances--so hot that it’s really not even applicable to skincare. Unless you have incredibly sensitive skin (in which case you should always speak to your dermatologist before using any product), or plan to use vitamin C with niacinamide while sitting on the surface of the sun (that’s a joke, but you get the idea), you really don’t need to worry about it.
In fact, the two work very well together but it’s always best to know how, exactly, to use them at the same time.
One great way to do that is to use a product that contains them both. For example, our Nectar of the C vitamin C serum which contains both vitamin C and niacinamide. With a 10% concentration of vitamin C combined with niacinamide, it works beautifully to restore skin’s natural glow and reduce the appearance of dark spots and fine lines.
Another one of our products that uses both vitamin C and niacinamide is our Crème de la Cream natural moisturizer. While the vitamin C helps even and brighten skin tone, the niacinamide helps skin resist moisture loss.
If you don’t use both ingredients in the same product, you can always use them on top of each other. For example, you can use vitamin C on your skin and then layer niacinamide on top of it once the vitamin C or vitamin C product has been absorbed by the skin.
If for some reason, you’re still concerned about using vitamin C and niacinamide together, you could alternate the days you use them.
We hope that helps solve the debate about whether vitamin C and niacinamide can be used together. Given how small the risk is, it’s hard to understand why you wouldn’t use these two great ingredients at the same time!