๐Ÿค”๏ธShall I Use Niacinamide and Vitamin C together?

AgataAgata
Jun. 18, 2020
If beauty and skincare is your thing, then you may have heard some old advice about never mixing niacinamide and vitamin C. Many blogs and beauty articles have stated that while these two ingredients are great on their own, they can create a problem when used together. The old advice is that using niacinamide and vitamin C together neutralizes their effects and can add to skin redness rather than make it better.
Other advice says exactly the opposite and claims that niacinamide and vitamin C together are the perfect combination for a wealth of skin benefits. So, whoโ€™s telling the truth?
Niacinamide and Vitamin C: A Dream Duo
The reason for the old theory that these two ingredients canโ€™t be mixed is from some early research that wasnโ€™t properly interpreted.  The early study showed an incompatibility because they were using non-stabilized forms of both ingredients. Todayโ€™s skincare ingredients are always stabilized when theyโ€™re used in cosmetic formulas. Basically, this means they can be mixed together, and they can have incredible benefits for your skin when they are combined.
Separately, these two products have amazing benefits for your skin. Vitamin C is hydrating and brightening and can assist with hyperpigmentation, under-eye circles, the production of collagen, and soothing sunburn. Niacinamideโ€™s biggest claim to fame is its potential for skin cancer prevention. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties so it can be beneficial for inflammatory skin conditions, and it has shown clinical benefits with reducing hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.
The cool part about combining niacinamide and vitamin C is that they do a lot of the same things, but they do it in different ways. This means you are attacking the issue from two different angles. A good example of this is the way vitamin C and niacinamide work together to brighten your skin. Vitamin C works by inhibiting the enzyme that produces pigment, and niacinamide prevents the transfer of pigment within the cells.
Another good example is the ways niacinamide and vitamin C can help prevent skin cancer. An oral dose of niacinamide has the potential to lessen the chances of recurring instances of non-melanoma skin cancer. Topically, vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it combats the free radicals your skin and body encounter daily, further keeping you protected against skin cancer.
How to use these ingredients together
There are two major ways you can use niacinamide and vitamin C together. You can either find a product that contains both of these ingredients, or you can layer them one behind the other in separate products. Both methods will have positive effects, but dermatologists recommend layering them instead of trying to find a beauty product that contains them both. 
The reason that layering is preferred is primarily because of vitamin C. vitamin C is a notoriously unstable molecule, and it can be easily inactivated by sunlight, oxygen, or even other ingredients. Vitamin C also needs a low PH to be effective, while niacinamide works better at a higher PH. Because of these reasons, vitamin C can be a very difficult ingredient to formulate products with. This is also why vitamin C products can be a little more expensive than others.
On the other hand, niacinamide is much less finicky than vitamin C, and you can find plenty of different serums, masks, and moisturizers with niacinamide included in the ingredients at a variety of prices. 
Thereโ€™s no specific order in the way you should apply these two ingredients, so you should use standard skincare rules. Conventional wisdom says that you should apply products from thinnest to thickest, meaning serums will always go before moisturizers, and oil always be applied at the last step. Between the two ingredients, thereโ€™s no specific ingredient that needs to be applied first, so it all depends on the products you purchase. 
Niacinamide and vitamin C are great skincare products when they are used separately, but when you combine them, they are an unstoppable combination, sort of like peanut butter and bananas. On their own, vitamin C and niacinamide work well to reduce the signs of aging and brighten your skin tone. When you combine them, they do the same thing but bit better because itโ€™s like attacking the same products from different angles. When instituting these two ingredients in your skincare routine, look for separate products containing vitamin C and niacinamide and then apply those products as recommended.
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