How to Layer Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide

How to Layer Hyaluronic Acid and Niacinamide

The beauty industry is constantly changing, every week there is a new ingredient, new formula or new application to try. We really are spoilt for choice a lot of the time and we are often swept up with all the new and exciting products out there. Having said that, there are some iconic ingredients that have gained a well-established reputation for delivering the optimal results, no matter how they are formulated. These ingredients are hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, maybe you’ve heard of them, chances are you’re already using them! But the question is, are you able to use them together and what is the best way you can layer them when using them in your skincare routine. So, let’s not hang about and find out more about these hydrating ingredients.

Can I use hyaluronic acid with niacinamide?

Absolutely, both of these ingredients are easy to use for all skin types and can deliver similar but impressive results.


Also known as a vitamin B3 this superhero ingredient can regulate the production of sebum (the natural oil found in the skin) helping to control any concerns with spots or breakouts. You’ll also find this ingredient is effective at minimising the appearance of pores as well as reducing signs of pigmentation and dark spots.

Hyaluronic Acid

The main benefit of hyaluronic acid is its humectant abilities, meaning it is able to draw moisture into the skin and lock it into place combating areas of dryness and dehydration. It is able to work this way continuously allowing your skin to feel comfortable, plumped and full of bounce the whole day.

By teaming these ingredients together you’ll find that the skin is left hydrated, moisturised and feeling its most healthy. With the skin’s protective barrier containing the correct levels of water it is able to combat free radical damage and absorb any skincare product applied on the skin quickly and effectively. Don’t forget you can find out about this on our blog post about using hyaluronic acid and niacinamide together.

What can I layer with niacinamide?

Thankfully, there really isn’t many skincare ingredients that niacinamide can’t be layered with. Vitamin C is the only one that needs to be avoided and that’s purely because both ingredients deliver similar benefits and end up competing with each other. With its regulating and hydrating properties you’ll keep the skin moisturised and feeling great. Having said that, if your skin is particularly sensitive and you find using chemical exfoliants such as lactic and glycolic acid to cause some skin irritation and flushing then I have some options for you to reap the rewards of your skincare without the unwanted side effects.

  • Use niacinamide in the morning after cleansing and toning before you apply your daily SPF, especially if you are short of time. You’ll set the skin up for the day with enough hydration to protect itself and remain healthy.
  • You can also apply niacinamide on alternative evenings to help repair and restore the skin whilst you catch some beauty sleep.
  • Finally, there is no rule book when it comes to layering niacinamide and this is because you need to take into consideration the formula the ingredient comes in which will determine where in your skincare routine it’ll be applied.

As I have already mentioned niacinamide can be added to your routine easily ensuring of course you consult with your doctor or dermatologist and perform a 24-hour patch test to ensure the formula and ingredient is the right one for you and your skin type.

What order do I apply niacinamide?

This depends on the consistency of the product the niacinamide is formulated in. Remembering to apply skincare products from thinnest to thickest as this will prevent thin products, such as serums, being unable to penetrate through the physical barrier caused by moisturisers or oils.

You’ll often find the most potent percentage of niacinamide is found in products such as serums, face oils and moisturisers, this will also help you lock moisture into the skin and forming a protective barrier over the skin ensuring any products and active levels of ingredients are able to work at treating the skin in the lower layers whilst left undisturbed.

You’ll also find the skin is calmed with any potential irritation or reaction, especially if you are using retinol or other potent ingredients will be reduced helping to keep the skin balanced, healthy and happy.

Which is better hyaluronic acid or niacinamide?

Both of these ingredients act as a humectant meaning they are able to keep the skin’s protective barrier containing the correct amount of water ensuring it will not become damaged. As similar as they both are, the slight differences may be something to consider when using them. By this I mean if your skin type is more oily, then niacinamide may be a good option for you due to the fact it can effectively regulate the sebum production of the skin. For those with a dehydrated or dry skin type hyaluronic acid will help lock in moisture and keep the skin plumped.

If you were to ask for my advice, I would use both, first of all applying hyaluronic acid to hydrate followed by niacinamide to regulate and balance the skin, your skin will honestly adore it!

Can I use niacinamide every day?

Yes, you can, as long as you are not using a vitamin C serum in your routine. This is because both ingredients treat the skin in a similar way and will begin to compete with each other and can cause some slight skin flushing. If you are wanting to use vitamin C and niacinamide in your routine then you can alternate applying them during your morning routines, or use niacinamide in the evening to help repair any damage caused to the skin throughout the day.

I hope that this has given you a better understanding of how these humectant ingredients work together and the best way of layering them on the skin. Although both of these ingredients are gentle on the skin, I do suggest consulting with a doctor or medical professional before applying anything to your face, especially if you’re new to using niacinamide and hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine. Come and find us on Instagram and join the skin chat!

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