Using a good moisturizer is essential to maintaining healthy skin. There are a variety of moisturizers available in the market, but choosing the right one for your skin type and concerns can be challenging. Moisturizers with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide are gaining popularity due to their numerous skin benefits. In this blog post, we will discuss the functions and benefits of hyaluronic acid and niacinamide in skincare products, what to know about degradation and oxidation, and how to get the most benefit out of your moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.
Benefits of a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body that helps to keep the skin hydrated and plump. As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid in our skin decreases, leading to fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness. Hyaluronic acid gets a lot of attention because of its ability to hold moisture – it can retain one-thousand times its molecular weight in water. This keeps your skin moisturized better and for longer. A moisturizer with hyaluronic acid can help to restore the skin's moisture balance, making it look fresh, supple, and smooth.
Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin that is essential for healthy skin. It supports skin health by fortifying the skin barrier, which is the outermost layer of the skin that protects it from environmental stressors. What you may notice is an improvement in skin's texture, less visible fine lines and wrinkles, and less visible pores. Niacinamide also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it beneficial for acne-prone skin.
Hyaluronic acid and niacinamide make a powerful partnership: while hyaluronic acid attracts and retains moisture, niacinamide strengthens the skin barrier to help prevent moisture loss. Together these two ingredients will help hydrate and moisturize, improve skin’s texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimize the appearance of pore size, and prevent breakouts. It’s why we include both hyaluronic acid and niacinamide in our Multivitamin Moisturizer, as it provides the necessary hydration and protection your skin needs throughout the day.
Types of Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic Acid has become one of the most popular ingredients found in many moisturizers due to its amazing ability to attract and retain so much moisture. More recently, a premium form of hyaluronic acid called sodium hyaluronate has also been gaining popularity because it offers the same skin benefits as hyaluronic acid, but also comes with a few added advantages. It is more stable than hyaluronic acid. It's also a smaller molecule than hyaluronic acid, making it easier to penetrate the skin deeper. It is often used in skincare products as a moisturizing agent because of its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This allows it to deeply hydrate the skin, making it look plump and youthful, and skin’s texture to appear more even and smooth.
A moisturizer with premium hyaluronic acid has great anti-aging properties. By using a moisturizer with premium hyaluronic acid, you can help to replenish the skin's hyaluronic acid levels, which naturally decrease as we age. This prevents the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, and the loss of elasticity.
Sodium hyaluronate has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. This can be especially beneficial for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin. By reducing inflammation, sodium hyaluronate can help to calm the skin and reduce redness and irritation.
We have chosen to use sodium hyaluronate instead of hyaluronic acid in our AM Multivitamin Moisturizer because it can penetrate deeper and more efficiently. We carefully source the highest quality versions of all our ingredients, and carefully screen them for any impurities and contamination. We produce in small batches and package in fresh-lock daily doses to ensure that our consumers are getting the most potent, clean, and effective actives every time they apply our products, so they can experience the best possible results. In an independent third-party research study of 150 users of our AM Multivitamin Moisturizer, 97% reported their skin was immediately hydrated, 91% said their skin looked more supple, and 89% said their skin appeared more youthful and radiant.
More about the function and importance of vitamin B3 in skincare
Vitamin B3, or niacinamide, is an essential nutrient that plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy skin barrier, which is why it is one of the key actives in our Multivitamin Moisturizer. A strong skin barrier can help prevent moisture loss, reduce inflammation, and improve overall skin health. Vitamin B3 also helps to reduce the production of melanin, which is responsible for dark spots and hyperpigmentation. By doing so, it can help to even out skin tone and improve the appearance of dark spots and blemishes.
The quality and purity of niacinamide used in skincare products can vary depending on the source and the manufacturing process. At LightWater, we prioritize the utilization of both the purest and highest quality ingredients in our formulations to guarantee they'll function at peak efficacy. Our niacinamide is also sourced sustainably and is free from any residual solvents, trace allergens, or pesticides.
The quality, purity, and freshness of ingredients makes a huge difference in the results you can expect. In an independent 150-person usage study of the LightWater AM Multivitamin Moisturizer with premium niacinamide, 97% said their skin looked and felt heathier, 96% that skin was nourished and fresh, and 85% that their skin was strengthened.
How to get the most benefit out of your moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide
Degradation and oxidation are big challenges in skincare products, and are important factors in the efficacy of moisturizers with active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. Skincare ingredients can oxidize and break down over time, reducing their efficacy and benefits. Exposure to air, light, and heat can accelerate the oxidation and degradation processes. By packing in daily doses, we protect LightWater formulas from degradation because they are not exposed to any air, light, or touch until they're opened. This allows you to get the fullest benefit of every ingredient every time you use our products! It is like using a fresh new product every time you apply.
It is also important to know that there is a huge benefit to using products immediately after opening. Unfortunately, most skincare products are designed to be used for up to a year after opening them. LightWater products are packaged in single-dose units so they can be used within a day after opening. This ensures that our users get maximum efficacy and benefits in every application.