We know that Vitamin C is the key to brighter, glowing skin. We also know that Vitamin A (or the alternative, Bakuchiol) is the hero ingredient for anti-aging, but there is one vitamin that has snuck under the radar, promising to strengthen, repair and deeply hydrate the skin. It’s a skin-soothing, skin-plumping, acne-fighting machine, and it’s Vitamin B! Read on to find out everything you need to know about Vitamin B; its benefits and where it fits into your skincare routine.
The benefits of Vitamin B for the skin
- Fights premature signs of aging.
- Brightens the skin.
- Strengthens the skin barrier.
- Controls sebum production.
- Improves skin hydration.
- Reduces inflammation which helps to ease skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and acne.
Who should use it? Those looking to target dehydrated, dry, acne-prone, oily or aging skin, or anyone who’s looking to achieve their best skin, ever!
A Breakdown of the B’s
There are 8 different types of B vitamins that will provide a variety of skin-loving benefits. The most commonly used B vitamins in skincare are Niacinamide, Panthenol and Biotin. However, we’re going to break down the benefits of each and how a “vitamin B complex” can completely transform your complexion.
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)
Probably one of the most well-known B vitamins, Niacinamide is incredibly restorative and helps to support your skin’s natural defences while preserving hydration - a great addition for those who have acne-prone or oily skin as it controls the production of sebum. It also improves the synthesis of healthy fats within our skin cells which leads to healthy glowing skin. Thanks to vitamin B3’s anti-inflammatory properties, Niacinamide helps to treat blemishes, ease redness and is well-tolerated by all skin types.
Struggling with dry skin, dullness, dehydration or loss of elasticity? B5 is great for keeping skin hydrated and supple. It works its magic by binding to water and retaining moisture within the deeper layers of our skin. While it can’t reverse the damage, B5 encourages your skin’s own ability to repair while calming the appearance of redness and inflammation.
Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s also great for red, irritated, acne-prone or dry skin.
Vitamin B2 helps to balance natural oils and improves skin tone by ensuring a healthy skin cell turnover for bright, radiant skin.
Biotin repairs cells and synthesis of fatty acids which results in a revitalised and even complexion- well suited for dull, ageing skin.
Promotes the growth of healthy skin cells, regulating the production of pigment to ensure a bright and healthy complexion, preventing acne breakouts and dry skin.
Helps to synthesize collagen, which is needed for healthy skin. Great for hormonal acne, inflammation and redness.
If you’re looking to reap the benefits of all the Vitamin B’s, look for products that include as many B’s as possible, or those advertising a “Vitamin B complex”. Not only does this perform so many beneficial functions for the skin, but it also complements other skincare products.
How to use and where does it fit in?
Any skin type can benefit from Vitamin B. For more beneficial results - opt for a product with Vitamin B that stays on the skin, like a serum or moisturiser and use morning and night. As always, apply skincare products in order of thinnest to thickest, allowing each product to absorb before layering.
When choosing a Vitamin B product, look for products that contain Niacinamide. Unlike Niacin, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) does not cause flushing and plays well with others! This means it can be used alongside Vitamin C (our Glow Serum) and Vitamin A-alternative (our Renew Serum).
Fun Fact: Niacinamide helps to boost the effects of Vitamin A as it improves the skin’s natural health through increased blood flow.
Now you know all about Vitamin B for the skin…
Next Step? It’s time to add Vitamin B to your own skincare routine! Want to know a secret? We’re about to release a new product (in two days!) and we’ll give you a hint. It’s something you’ll never want to go a day without and it will completely transform your skin...
Want to learn more about how to maintain a healthy skin barrier? Read our Blog ‘Understanding Your Acid Mantle’