When it comes to layering and mixing skincare ingredients, things may seem complicated but in recent times modern formulas have made things a lot easier to handle. Whether you have the skincare knowledge that rivals a dermatologist, or you’re a beginner to all things skin I am confident you will achieve your skin goals. So, with no further a due, let’s get started and find out more about how you can mix niacinamide, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.
Can I use niacinamide with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C?
The short answer is yes, it is known that you can use all three of these ingredients together safely and effectively. How you use them is up to you, you can team niacinamide with hyaluronic acid, or vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. Something you may discover is a lot of research expressing several warnings against using niacinamide and vitamin C together. This is because each ingredient tends to cancel each other out rendering their application to the skin wasted effort. Although this is still true in some cases, considered that this research to be slightly outdated.
With modern day formulations that contain different, more stable forms of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) that do not react the same. I would still suggest however to alternate the time of day you apply each ingredient. For optimal results use vitamin C in your morning routine followed with niacinamide in your evening routine. As for mixing hyaluronic acid and vitamin C and niacinamide, here are examples of the most effective way to reap the rewards of this potent trio.
Can I use niacinamide and hyaluronic acid together?
Yes, you can indeed! Hyaluronic acid and niacinamide deliver impressive hydrating benefits for the skin. With them both being water-based, and humectants results in a plumped, hydrated complexion which remains at its healthiest state as moisture is locked into the lower layers. These ingredients are both suitable for all skin types to use and the best way of applying them during your routine is starting off with hyaluronic acid, followed with niacinamide. This allows the skin’s natural barrier to benefit from a boost in hydration whilst niacinamide can regulate the sebum (the natural oil found on the skin) production. This hydrating duo will leave your skin in its healthiest, balanced state.
If you are wanting to know a little more about using hyaluronic acid and niacinamide together, there is a dedicated blog post about how to use niacinamide and hyaluronic acid together.
Can I use vitamin C and hyaluronic acid together?
Yes, you can! Using vitamin C with hyaluronic acid together is an effective skin restoring duo. Each ingredient provides its own unique benefits for the skin as well as some that are complementary resulting in healthy skin.
Once you have cleansed and toned the face you can apply hyaluronic acid. The skin will be left hydrated with the skin barrier full of the correct levels of water. This not only keeps your complexion looking healthy, it also ensures the skin acts similar to a wet sponge and act highly absorbent which is ideal for other potent formulas applied afterwards. Vitamin C carries a vast amount of benefits, from brighten your skin, minimising the appearance of hyperpigmentation and repair damage caused by exposure to free radicals. There is a blog post about layering hyaluronic acid and vitamin C together effectively so do check that our for more information.
Does vitamin C react with niacinamide?
The short answer to this is yes, as I have already mentioned there is a slight outdated myth circulating about teaming niacinamide and vitamin C together. Throughout the older formulations containing non-stabilised forms of both ingredients often resulted in chemical reaction, such as nicotinic acid, preventing each ingredient to deliver results to the skin. You’ll find that modern formulas contain a variety of stable forms of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and correct levels of niacinamide to prevent pH levels to become imbalanced which leads to the skin becoming irritated, flushed with redness and even flare-ups in breakouts and spots. There is also the potential for nicotinic acid to develop so it is best to consult with your doctor or dermatologist to ensure your skin will tolerate these ingredients and that you are using them correctly.
Can I use hyaluronic acid every day?
Yep, in fact you can use it twice a day, especially if you are applying it to fully cleansed skin that is still a little damp. Hyaluronic acid loves being massaged into wet skin as it can perform its humectant properties ensuring moisture is locked in, this is something it continues to do the entire day. By keeping the skin barrier hydrated you are helping it protect the face from any free radical damage that comes into contact with the skin on a daily basis as soon as you step foot outside your front door.
Which goes first vitamin C or hyaluronic acid?
When it comes to using vitamin C and hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine you must remember to take into consideration the consistency each of these powerhouses are formulated in. This is because the order in which you apply skincare products plays a vital role in obtaining the best results for the complexion. The basic rule for application is thinnest to thickest starting with cleansers and face washes, moving to exfoliating toners, serums, moisturisers, face oils and the final step for daily application of SPF.
You will generally find vitamin C is often formulated into a serum that has a runny, watery consistency compared to hyaluronic acid that tends to be a thicker, gel like formula.
There you have a little more information about mixing niacinamide and vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. With all three delivering such impressive results it is perfectly clear why using all together would result in a glowing, healthy and balanced complexion. Don’t forget if you have any questions come and find me over on the Procoal Instagram, and if skincare videos are your thing, check out the latest episode of The Green Sofa over on YouTube.
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