InstaNatural Niacinamide Serum uses Vitamin B3 and Hyaluronic Acid to address hyperpigmentation, redness/inflammation, acne, and elasticity – especially around delicate skin areas such as the eyes and mouth. It can be used in tandem with a vitamin C serum. Only a small amount is needed per use. It leaves a nice glow and makeup applies evenly over it.
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Redness around the nose and cheeks makes one look older, this is due in part by tiny capillaries that tend to break starting in the early 40’s, causing redness, especially around the nose. It is subtle, especially at the bottom of the nostrils, but it is there and makes one look older.
Adult acne can start at any time, often when anti-aging products are being concurrently used. Treating adult acne is more complicated than just drying the pimples as we did as teens. Both these issues cause redness, and some skincare products such as peels can cause irritation. Vitamin B3 can treat both acne and wrinkles at the same time without irritating the skin or causing it to feel dry and itchy.
Active ingredients include:
Vitamin B3 (5%) a powerful anti-inflammatory that reduces the redness and puffiness in acne, irritated skin, and blotchy skin.
Hyaluronic Acid makes skin look instantly younger by adding lots of moisture and plumping the skin. It also allows the B3 to reach deeper into the skin, it sort of sucks it into the skin by swelling the pores with moisture to open them, making them receptive to the product. The deeper a product gets into the skin, the better. It can, however, make skin more sensitive to sunlight, so if you are not using a sunscreen already, make sure to do so, especially if you are using any anti-aging Retinols. Vitamin C serums, or ALAs.
Soothing ingredients like Organic Aloe Vera to soothe and cool the skin, Avocado Oil is a rich conditioning and moisturizing agent, as is Vitamin E.
The serum does not sting or burn on application, it is cool to the touch and smooth. It dries down well without any visible residue and my skin is not sticky. My skin is normal to dry/sensitive, some users mentioned it was sticky, the instructions say to use about a pea size amount, I found this amount or a bit more to leave no residue. There is a nice glow. Do however allow enough time for the serum to dry before makeup application to give it time to set. I apply it after I shower, I eat breakfast then apply my moisturizer and sunscreen, and then dry my hair, then apply my makeup to allow time for it to set.
HOW MY SKIN LOOKS WHEN USING IT
There is an interesting sort of airbrushing in the light deflecting nature of the serum. I have a cluster of broken capillaries that is red, the redness in that area seemed to diffuse and is not as noticeable even just after applying the serum, and it seemed to be less inflamed. I also have a glow/highlight to the top of the cheekbone where one might apply highlighter.
My hands have hyperpigmentation and lots of blotchy redness, so I treat my hands to some of the serum as well. Hands can be a giveaway for aging, so I try to treat my hands to what I put on my face whenever possible. But always follow the serum with a moisturizer.
ACNE and Niacinamide
I have one pimple on my cheek, it is red and just forming. The serum did reduce some of the visible inflammation and redness, so far it hasn’t irradicated the pimple, so I don’t think this would be my only treatment for acne, but a nice addition for areas that suffer for both from acne and wrinkles, such as the forehead area.
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) is a very good addition to an anti-aging regimen because it addresses a loss of elasticity and reduces redness.
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