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Ingredient Spotlight: Niacinamide

Ingredient Spotlight: Niacinamide

March 16, 2020

One of the more popular ingredients in skincare these days is niacinamide, an active form of vitamin B3 that is not synthesized in our bodies. Since it does not require conversion before it can be used, it readily penetrates the skin and gets to work immediately. So what does it exactly do for our skin?



Niacinamide’s anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its ability in restore our skin’s barrier function, make it an excellent choice for inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne, rosacea and eczema.



Studies have found that with continued use, niacinamide significantly brightens the skin and reduces hyperpigmentation, as it prevents the transfer of pigment within the skin. Better yet, because it is a very stable active ingredient, unlike l’ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin c) which is acidic and potentially irritating, it is perfect for sensitive skin.

KLUR Immersion Serum Concentrate | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

Immersion Serum Concentrate 
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Besides having a wide range of ultra hydrating ingredients including Aloe Vera Juice, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, planet-based-HA Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Bamboo Sap and Allantoin, the serum is also packed with 3 forms of Peptides to stimulate collagen synthesis and micro-circulation, improve skin barrier and hydration, reduce wrinkles and inflammation, regenerate collagen fibers, and rejuvenate skin. Whilst, Niacinamide, Reishi, Gotu Kola, White Tea and Chamomile etc. are added to brighten, fight free radicals, hydrate and soothe.


Research suggests that with continued use, niacinamide helps in regulating oil production by lowering sebum levels and the rate of sebum excretion. This is most beneficial to oily and acne skin.


As a powerful antioxidant, niacinamide fights free radicals, and increases the antioxidant capacity of skin, which in turn slows signs of premature aging, such as dullness, sagging, and wrinkles.

Twelve Beauty Ultra Revitalising Elixir | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

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With a base of rare distilled Mallow, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), and ingredients including Saccharide Hydrolysate, Sodium PCA, Saccharide Isomerate, Allantoin, Rice Starch, as well as precious Masterwort Leaf, Butterfly Bush and White Genepì, this powerful yet gentle formula provides long-lasting hydration, soothes irritations, improves the skin's natural barrier and water retention function, soothes irritated skin, reduces inflammations and support skin cell regeneration. It also helps in fighting free radicals, pollution and allergens, whilst brightening and repairing the skin by creating a protective film on the skin.


Niacinamide increases collagen production in the dermis, normalizes collagen, and inhibits glycation, thus keeping collagen and elastin supple and flexible. In other words, it helps in reducing and preventing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles!


Not meant to replace your sunscreen, but it has been found that niacinamide aids in DNA repair after UVA and UVB damage, and helps prevent photocarcinogenesis.

KLUR Stellar Restoration Corrective Complex | Ambrosia | Hong Kong

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Featuring star ingredient 1.8% Encapsulated Retinol, as well as 1.5% Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Licorice Root, Gotu Kola, Willow Bark, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate and Squalane, the powerful yet gentle watery serum stimulates collagen synthesis and rejuvenates skin to effectively reduce wrinkles, acne and hyperpigmentation, smooth skin texture, slow aging, and minimize pores in a soothing, hydrating way.


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