Niacinamide is an ingredient receiving some well earned attention lately in skin care.  Studies have been conclusive that niacinamide has numerous skin benefits.  If your skin care does not include a product with niacinamide, you might consider adding one.

Niacinamide, vitamin B3, can be applied topically (ideally at least a 5% concentration) to skin once or twice a day for the following benefits:

  • Decrease moisture loss by increasing barrier function
  • Improve cellular communication
  • Fade hyperpigmentation
  • Increase Collagen
  • Increase skins elasticity
  • Decrease acne
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Fade the skin discoloration acne blemishes can leave behind
  • Decrease redness associated with Rosacea
  • Decrease oxidative damage (similar to an anti-oxidant)
  • Increase cellular turnover

A house favorite here at TOC Medical Spa is Skinceuticals® Metacell Renewal B3.  This daily corrective moisturizer has 5% niacinamide, 2.5% tri-peptide concentrate and 15% glycerin.  I can safely say that every staff member here is using this at least once a day if not twice a day.  Most of us are on our 3rd and 4th bottles.  It is emollient without being heavy feeling at all and works well under makeup during the day.

You will likely see niacinamide popping up more and more in skin care products, and hopefully this review will help you understand why 🙂



Neocutis® Journée is a four in one product for those looking to avoid multiple steps in their skin care routine but wanting the benefits of  those steps.

Journée is a multi-functional, anti-aging day cream with broad spectrum SPF 30 with 7.3% Zinc Oxide and 7.5% Octinoxate.  In addition to the UVA/UVB protection, is also has:

  • PSP® growth factors for skin rejuvenation
  • Hyaluronic Acid for hydration
  • Anti-oxidants including melanin, vitamin E, a stabilized form of vitamin C, and green tea.

You receive hydration, protection, nourishment and rejuvenation from one pump every morning.  This product is cosmetically elegant and works well as a primer for makeup.  It is fast absorbing, blends flawlessly and does not leave a greasy or sticky residue.

I have patients tell me they do not have the time to use 3 or 4 products every morning and Journée has become my go-to product for these patients.

*A quick note on PSP®.  Processed Skin Cell Proteins were developed through research on wound healing in Switzerland at The University of Lausanne .  With its combination of proteins and polypeptides, it can be considered a nutrient rich broth for the skin.