Vitamin B Skincare
Hydrates and Reduces Redness
VITAMIN B BENEFITS
- Boosting the immunity of your skin
- Improves epidermal barrier performance
- Improves redness and blotchiness in the skin
- Minimises pore appearance
- Regulates facial oil flow
- Protects your skin from infrared light
- Helps to prevent Hyper-pigmentation
- Minimises fine lines and wrinkles
- Protects against oxidative stress
- Treats acne
Deficiencies in B vitamins are often first seen in the skin. This can be in the form of redness, irritation, dermatitis or even pigmentation, and this has led developers to formulate Skin Care with Vitamin B to provide a wide range of skin benefits. The most common forms of Vitamin B found in topical skincare are Vitamin B3 (also known as Niacin, Niacinamide or Nicotinic Acid), Vitamin B5 (also known as Panthenol), and Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin).
Vitamin B serums are seemingly everywhere and for good reasons. This powerhouse vitamin is so versatile and performs many beneficial functions for our skin. Not just powerful on their own, but B group Vitamins also work hand in hand with other skincare ingredients to boost their efficacy. Our body cannot produce or store this vitamin and since we need B group vitamins for our well-being and growth, we constantly need to replenish it. Redness, dermatitis, pigmentation and skin irritations can be a result of a deficiency in Vitamin B and for that reason, topical Vitamin B serums offer an extensive range of benefits.
Vitamin B Skin Care is one of our highly recommended ingredients containing skin-replenishing and skin-restoring-properties.
Forms of Vitamin B in Skin Care
There are eight (8) classes in total of water-soluble Vitamin B, those being; B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. These vitamins are vital for maintaining our energy levels, brain functions, and cell metabolism and are easily derived from food sources such as dairy, meat, fish, vegetables, seeds and nuts, and more. Used in skincare, Vitamin B is an antioxidant that helps to treat signs of aging and alleviate sensitive skin. The most common forms of Vitamin B found in topical skincare are Vitamin B3 (also known as Niacin, Niacinamide or Nicotinic Acid), Vitamin B5 (also known as Panthenol), and Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin).
B group vitamins are an essential nutrient, our body needs them for growth and well being. They cannot be made or stored in the body, so we need to be continuously consuming them through our diet or applying them topically. Vitamin B5 is soluble in water and is excreted in the urine. Our bodies do not store it, and we need to consume it every day to replenish supplies.
- Vitamin B3 has been shown to boost collagen production and also reduce dark spots. Niacinamide, a derivative of vitamin B3, has been shown to improve the ability of the epidermis, the uppermost layer of the skin, to retain moisture. Reduces inflammation, signs of aging like fine wrinkles and blemishes, and improves the function of the skin’s barrier. Niacinamide can also serve as an effective skin-lightening agent when added to moisturisers.
- Vitamin B5 is used as a humectant and is highly popular in moisturisers, shampoos and hair conditioners, offering barrier conditioning effects on the skin.
- Vitamin B12, when applied topically, has been shown to successfully treat eczema by reducing the body’s production of nitric oxide production. It helps to increase cellular regeneration and encourage wound healing. When taken orally, it helps in red blood cell production, regulates pigmentation. It’s also an important vitamin that we get from our diets or in supplements.
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) Benefits
The B group most influential in skincare is B3 or niacinamide. Being water-soluble, it is easily absorbed and so it gets straight to work deep in the layers of the skin where it’s needed. Niacinamide reduces redness, yellowing or sallowness and the appearance of hyperpigmented spots (the darker spots on your skin caused by sun damage). It can improve skin texture, refine pore size by regulating sebum production, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and improve moisture by strengthening the outermost layers of the skin. It is an antioxidant also known as a hydrating or redness-reducing vitamin, which improves the barrier function of the skin by boosting the number of ceramides produced. This is essential for protecting the skin against pollutants and irritants.
For problem skin, acne patients can reach for this vitamin to improve their skin barrier function as well as increase their tolerance to topical retinoids (vitamin A). Aging skin and those with sun damage will also reap the benefits of the combination of niacinamide and vitamin A.
If you have dry or rosacea skin, you will want to make sure you get this vitamin in your skincare. Those with sensitive skin will also benefit, although you will want to build your tolerance up to it gradually. Don’t use too much, as this can make your sensitivities worse. You’ll want to add it to your skincare routine from your 30s, as this is when the barrier starts to break down naturally.
Niacinamide is an ingredient worthy of your attention and your skin will love you for using it. Among a handful of other amazing skincare ingredients such as retinol and vitamin C, vitamin B3 niacinamide is a standout because of its versatility for almost any skin concern and skin type.
Without a good amount of ceramide, the skin will be sensitive to anything that touches it. It is also more likely to suffer from inflammation and hyperpigmentation, usually due to acne. By getting more vitamin B3, you’ll be able to get a more even skin tone.
The best formulations will contain at least 10% Niacinamide. Some brands will be forthcoming with this information while others prefer to keep it under wraps. A good indication of how much is in your serum is how far up the list of ingredients Niacinamide appears. It should be close to the top of the list.
Vitamin B5 (Panthenol) Benefits
Vitamin B5 comes from our food groups including eggs, fish, sweet potatoes, spinach, peanuts and broccoli to name but a few sources, and can help to keep the immune system strong and effective at fighting diseases and infections in the body. In skincare Vitamin B5 Panthenol is often listed as a Pro-Vitamin. A Pro-Vitamin, similar to Retinol being converted by the body to Retinoic Acid, is another substance that must be converted within the body into a vitamin useful substance or compound. In this instance, Panthenol is the stable biologically active form of Vitamin B5, which the body metabolizes into pantothenic acid in the skin. The pantothenic acid is then incorporated as an important component in the coenzyme A.
Pro-Vitamin B5 helps to keep skin soft, smooth, and healthy. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect that can help stimulate your skin’s healing processes. Deeply hydrating, it helps to keep skin quenched by absorbing moisture from the air (clever!). Also known as Pantothenic Acid, small quantities of Vitamin B5 are found in most foods – but you’d have to eat a lot to see any benefit. The shortcut? Look for Vitamin B5 in your skincare products. Vitamin B5 might also be listed in skincare ingredients as dexpanthenol, d-panthenol or dl-panthenol.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) Benefits
Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, is an important water-soluble vitamin. It plays an essential role in the production of your red blood cells and DNA, as well as the proper functioning of your nervous system. Vitamin B12 is naturally found in animal foods, including meats, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy. However, it can also be found in products fortified with B12, such as some varieties of bread and plant-based milk.
Vitamin B12 works by binding to enzymes to help with chemical reactions in the body and the skin. When B12 is absorbed into the skin, it boosts metabolism in the skin cells and this energy speeds up cell recovery and regeneration. Reduces the signs of aging skin by increasing the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, which is nature’s hydrating powerhouse. In turn, fatigued skin is improved. Applied topically for skin it reduces inflammation, dryness, and acne. It is sometimes used to treat conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Unfortunately, B12 deficiency is common, especially in the elderly. You’re at risk of deficiency if you don’t get enough from your diet or aren’t able to absorb enough from the food you eat. Symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency can take years to show up, and diagnosing it can be complex. A B12 deficiency can sometimes be mistaken for a folate deficiency. Low levels of B12 cause your folate levels to drop. However, if you have a B12 deficiency, correcting low folate levels may simply mask the deficiency and fail to fix the underlying problem.
Vitamin B9 (Folate)
Folate is a water-soluble vitamin (Vitamin B9) that is important for boosting metabolism. It’s a nutrient that helps with the synthesizing and copying of DNA, and it helps to improve the way the body uses amino acids and B12. Why is it so good for the skin? Well, it helps to boost the immune system and digestion. When digestion plays up, the hormones become imbalanced. This leads to an increase in oil production, causing greasy skin and clogged pores. The immune system boost will help to tackle any bacteria or fungi forming on the skin.
It’s often overlooked when it comes to skincare but is very important.
Please Note: Aspect Dr, Cosmedix Elite and Dermaquest products feature higher-level active ingredients to ensure maximum efficacy without a prescription. These products are only sold at select physician, skin clinic and spa locations. If your purchase contains any Aspect Dr, Cosmedix Elite or Dermaquest products – our Skin Specialist is required to speak with you regarding the use of these products before your purchase can be authorised and shipped.
Our skincare products containing Vitamin B
A Guide to Selecting the Best Skincare Products
Your skin is the bodies largest organ. Its major functions are protection, regulation and sensation. If our skin is not functioning to its full ability, these functions may become compromised.
It’s easy to get lost in the sea of skincare options these days. Not only are there doctors, dermatologists, skin professionals and aestheticians telling you this or that, you also have YouTubers, bloggers and beauty enthusiasts flooding you with thoughts and ideas too. It’s no wonder there are so many skin issues and concerns these days. When you don’t know where to start or what information is reliable, how is your skin really going to respond? More importantly, the use of incorrect skincare products can actually exasperate your condition or cause additional skin problems.
The use of professional active ingredient skincare is recommended. The “Professional” skincare products we recommend on this site can only be purchased through certified stockists and practitioners who are required to provide their professional advice on the application of these products, (as opposed to those you can purchase over the counter (OTC) in the department stores and supermarkets). These recommended professional products contain;-
- higher levels of active ingredients to boost your skin’s health and correct skin problems
(OTC product lines have less active ingredients to minimise the chance of irritation to protect the buyer)
- are backed by clinical studies
(not exaggerated unsubstantiated claims)
- are made in small batches and distributed to trained or licensed skin therapists, spas and salons to be supplied with professional advice on their use
(OTC products are made for the masses and sold in department stores and supermarkets)
- contain small molecule technology for dermal and epidermal penetration
(OTC products that lack active ingredients, have large molecules which are not able to penetrate the skin. When a product can’t properly penetrate the skin, it will only “superficially” treat and temporarily provide relief to skin concerns. This gives the illusion that the products are working without actually treating the skin. Professional lines use molecular technology that penetrates the skin producing clinical results)
- are packaged in airless pump packs to eliminate spoilage of ingredients when exposed to the air
- have pH balanced and adjusted ingredients – skin functions at its prime when the natural pH is between 4.5 and 5.5.
(Often OTC products don’t take pH into consideration and will leave the skin in an alkaline state. When the skin is alkaline, bacteria and free radicals (such as pollution) can invade the skin)
- do not contain unnecessary fillers and preservatives
Professional skincare often has a reputation of being “too expensive” but that is more often than not actually far from the truth. A good professional line will price their products according to the concentration of active ingredients versus fillers and are actually overall more budget-friendly. It is a common mistake to overuse products which leads to the perception that professional skincare is more expensive. Our Skin Specialist will advise you on the appropriate amount and when to use the products according to your skin condition and type.
When used properly, professional skincare products will last longer and work better giving you the ultimate bang for your buck. OTC products will have a lower upfront cost but over time can be similar in price or more expensive than professional skincare and won’t actually repair the skin condition being treated.