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Can You Use Niacinamide with Retinol?

Can You Use Niacinamide with Retinol?
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The world of skincare has developed dramatically. The fact that we once cleansed with baby wipes now seems like a horrible joke. Looking after our skin has taken a front seat and we're constantly learning more about our unique skin-needs. From reducing pore appearance to concealing an uneven skin-tone, we have discovered that there's an ingredient for that. However, all of this evolution in skincare can be both a blessing and a curse. If you're feeling overwhelmed, we understand. Especially since these ingredients unfortunately cannot all be lathered onto the face in one go. Let's take a look at two of the most talked about ingredients at the moment: Retinol and Niacinamide. Both key ingredients in many skincare wonder products today, but can you use Niacinamide with Retinol?

As two ingredients that clash with others, it makes sense to be skeptical about using Niacinamide and Retinol together. Let's look at them in more detail.

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What are the benefits of Niacinamide for skin?

Firstly let's discuss Niacinamide and its benefits for the skin.

Niacinamide is one of the ingredients that has managed to stand out in a saturated environment and there's many reasons for this. Also known as Vitamin B3, Niacinamide is bursting with skin benefits. From imperfections to dullness, Niacinamide can be the addition your skincare is crying out for. For example, it works to visibly minimise the look of blemishes, improve the appearance of an uneven skin tone and help out a tired complexion by supporting the skin’s moisture barrier. The way in which it can help the skin look less tired and visibly brighten the appearance of dullness is why this ingredient is a star in eye creams, such as Perricone MD's Neuropeptide Firming & Illuminating Under-Eye Cream.

In summary, Niacinamide and its benefits play a huge part in the skincare routine in order to maintain a youthful, radiant look.

What are the benefits of Retinol for skin?

Moving on to the infamous Retinol. The ultra-powerful vitamin A derivative called Retinol has a long list of benefits for the skin. What are these benefits that Retinol provides? Well, it firstly helps to prevent breakouts by working to unclog pores and exfoliate dead skin lying on the surface. It also promotes the look of plump, youthful skin by helping to accelerate skin renewal and clear away uneven tone and age spots. However, this ingredient is not just for the face. Perricone MD have taken advantage of the benefits of Retinol in a body treatment too to combat the appearance of thin, crepey, delicate skin that can occur all over the body.

Can Retinol be used with Niacinamide?

So considering what each does for the skin, can Niacinamide be used with Retinol? Fortunately for us, the answer is yes. In fact, the hydrating benefits of Niacinamide can even make Retinol easier to use, according to Healthline. This means two products containing one of each ingredient can be used one after another (such as any retinol treatment topped with the Neuropeptide Firming & Illuminating Under-Eye Cream). Alternatively, you can also find powerhouse solutions with Niacinamide and Retinol together in the formula.

What are the benefits of Niacinamide and Retinol Together?

As mentioned, Niacinamide can actually help with Retinol application, but the benefits of using Niacinamide and Retinol together go far beyond this. These two ingredients complement each other, a blessing in the skincare world.

We've discussed how Niacinamide helps to support the skin's moisture barrier and in doing so, it helps the skin to appear calm. Therefore, it can balance out the redness that Retinol sometimes causes on more sensitive skin.

Niacinamide also helps stimulate the skin’s natural production of fatty acids and ceramides, making Retinol’s job of smoothing out the look and feel of skin’s surface a lot easier!

Both ingredients work in different ways to unclog and reduce the appearance of pores. Therefore, when combined they act as the ultimate duo to achieve a flawless looking complexion.

Simply put, these ingredients really bring out the best in each other- a true skincare love story.

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How to use Niacinamide and Retinol Together

You can use Niacinamide and Retinol together on a dry, cleansed face. These ingredients are usually part of the evening regimen so they can be left to work their magic overnight. The order in which you apply the ingredient itself does not matter. However, when it comes to layering products, always start with the thinnest formula first and work towards the thicker ones. This means serums first and creams last.

For a minimalist approach, use a lightweight exfoliating moisturiser with both ingredients. Saving time and effort spent on an evening cleanse, simply apply a thin, even layer to skin before bed. Needless to say- always SPF the next day to shield the skin from the harmful rays of sun and environmental aggressors.

Now that whether Niacinamide can be used with Retinol has been clarified, you are one step closer to understanding the complexity that is, skincare. More ingredient doubts? Why not take a look at our guide on What a Vitamin C Serum Does to learn more about the complexion brightening hero everyone's talking about.

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