Vitamin B3

Vitamin B3: Important helper with many names

The vitamin called B3 is also known as nicotinic acid or nicotinamide. These are two related forms that your body can convert into the other. The official umbrella term for both is niacin. Like all vitamins, the human body cannot produce enough B3 on its own. That’s why it’s important to get enough of it in your diet. The skin also benefits from skin care products that bring the important nutrient directly to it.

Niacin is found in almost all animal cells. For omnivores, deficiency symptoms are therefore almost impossible. Vegetarians cover their needs with dairy products and eggs. But even vegans rarely suffer from vitamin B3 deficiency in Europe: wholemeal products, peanuts, dates or legumes contain larger amounts of the vitamin.

Nicotinic acid is crucially involved in many important metabolic processes in the human body. It is a component of many so-called cofactors. Without it, many steps of the complicated metabolic processes cannot take place. A deficiency often manifests itself in the form of changes in the skin and mucous membranes. Because of the short life span of the individual cells, the skin is particularly dependent on its ability to regenerate. A smooth metabolism is one of the most important prerequisites for this. Reason enough to also use the effective active ingredient specifically in cosmetics.


Vitamin B3 to strengthen the skin’s own protective barrier.

Niacin and the cofactors produced from it are decisively involved in the production of lipids and ceramides in the skin. A sufficient supply of niacin to the skin cells can therefore contribute to strengthening the skin’s own protective layer.

Linoleic acid is also important in this context. The skin needs this fatty acid to form new ceramides. It is also essential, which means that your body cannot produce it itself from other building blocks. It is contained in many different plant oils and is therefore often a component of vegan natural cosmetics.

The so-called skin barrier consists of various fatty acids and the so-called ceramides. Together they form a double lipid layer. This prevents bacteria and pathogens from penetrating the skin. But it also repels fine dust or the smallest other particles, for example. One of its most important functions is to protect the skin from drying out. Water can only pass through the protective layer with difficulty and thus remains longer in the skin.

Aggressive shower gels or soaps and frequent washing weaken the skin’s own protective barrier. This is why applying care products after cleansing the skin is so important: nourishing cosmetics help to restore the natural balance. This allows the skin cells to protect themselves. Your skin will then stay healthy and strong all by itself.


Niacin – a valuable anti-ageing ingredient

Mature skin in particular can benefit in many ways from vitamin B3 as a cosmetic active ingredient. Niacinamide has several advantages:

  1. B3 is a natural antioxidant. This means that the molecule scavenges free radicals that would otherwise damage the skin cells. It can thus reduce the effects of harmful environmental influences such as UV radiation or air pollution on the skin. Instead of attacking the skin cells and their DNA, the free radicals are bound and rendered harmless. In this way, the cosmetic active ingredient can prevent premature skin ageing.
  2. Niacinamide stimulates the skin’s own collagen production. This protein is an important component of the skin and connective tissue. Due to its special properties, it provides elasticity and resilience. With increasing age, the skin’s own collagen production slowly decreases. This leads to an increase in small wrinkles and typical signs of aged skin. By stimulating collagen production, niacinamide can help mature skin regain more firmness.
  3. Hyperpigmentation of the skin also increases with age. The so-called age spots are small dots with a darker colour. They are caused by a small malfunction of the skin’s own melanocytes. Scientists have been able to show in studies that niacinamide as an active ingredient reduces hyperpigmentation. This is probably because they prevent the transport of pigment cells to the top layer of skin. In vegan natural cosmetics with other valuable ingredients, they can thus ensure a finer and more even complexion.


Vitamin B3 as an active ingredient for dry and sensitive skin

Niacinamide is a real all-round talent in cosmetics. It is particularly valuable as an active ingredient for dry and sensitive skin. By strengthening the skin’s own protective barrier, it ensures that moisture contained in creams does not disappear again immediately. In contrast to rich oils, B3 does not clog the pores, but promotes the production of skin-friendly lipids.

In addition, vitamin B3 is considered an extremely compatible cosmetic active ingredient. While other effective ingredients of cosmetics irritate the skin, niacinamide is rather mild. It is therefore suitable for sensitive skin even when used in high doses. This skin may react with small reddenings. However, this is more likely to be due to increased blood circulation than to an intolerance. Due to its positive properties, B3 can even be used in cosmetics for neurodermatitis.

The benefits of the active ingredient for dry and sensitive skin are rounded off by its antioxidant effect. It protects the already vulnerable skin cells from further damage. This allows them to regenerate in peace and become more resistant.


Niacin in vegan natural cosmetics for blemish-prone and oily skin

Blemish-prone and oily skin also benefits in several ways from B3 as a versatile active ingredient: niacinamides have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect. They can therefore calm skin impurities and irritations or even prevent them altogether. At the same time, they strengthen the skin barrier, which means that fewer bacteria can penetrate open areas.

However, the active ingredient is particularly appreciated for impure skin because it regulates sebum production. Oily skin is thus degreased in a natural way. Unlike most active ingredients, the ‘good fats’ that protect the skin are preserved. B3 thus combines the best of both worlds: The annoying greasy film that clogs the pores is reduced. At the same time, however, the skin’s natural barrier, which protects against inflammation and pathogens, is strengthened.

Also, when pimples and blemishes heal, slightly darker spots often appear. This is quite normal, but of course does not look nice. Due to its effect on pigment cells, B3 can also reduce these effects. It thus effectively helps even blemish-prone skin to achieve a more even and smoother complexion.


Vitamin B3 at natürmädchen

We use the positive properties of vitamin B3 as parts of our Face cream.


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