Niacinamide became a top Google beauty-related search term in 2022, and interest continues to pique at the top in the new year. We’re not surprised the skincare powerhouse ingredient saw a spike in interest, considering its numerous benefits, including minimizing the appearance of large pores and visibly evening skin tone.
As the self-proclaimed industry leader in niacinamide research, OLAY recently launched its “most innovative red jar yet.” The new Niacinamide + Peptide 24 Face Moisturizer strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier, visibly corrects wrinkles for healthier-looking skin, and evens complexion starting at day one. Simply put, it’s one jar with three benefits!
Eager to learn more about the allure of niacinamide, we spoke to Dr. Rolanda Wilkerson, P&G’s Skincare Scientist. We also got our hands on the little red jar that promises hydrating benefits to test it out for ourselves.
What is niacinamide?
If you’re wondering what this “magical” ingredient is, Wilkerson explains that niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is an essential nutrient that aids in the turnover and regeneration of surface skin cells. It also assists the skin in retaining moisture and staying hydrated.
“Niacinamide is crucial for our skin because of how versatile it is,” Wilkerson said. “The unicorn ingredient can tackle several skincare concerns, including providing hydration, surface skin cell turnover, and regeneration. It also exfoliates the skin.”
A deep look into the formula behind the moisturizer
OLAY believes strong skin is the foundation of natural beauty. Wilkerson explained that the OLAY Regenerist Niacinamide + Peptide 24 Face Moisturizer contains niacinamide to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier.
The formula also includes amino peptides to support the skin’s natural renewal process, which makes the skin look smoother and firmer. The addition of humectants glycerin and hyaluronic acid moisturizes the skin by drawing water from the atmosphere.
It’s worth noting that the moisturizer is made with clean ingredients free of parabens, phthalates, and synthetic dyes.
How to get the best results
According to Wilkerson, a little pampering goes a long way. Before applying OLAY’s Niacinamide + Peptide 24 Face Moisturizer, she suggested cleansing your skin to remove dirt, oil, and makeup. Then, treat your complexion concerns with skin-specific formulas like brightening serums, smoothing eye creams, or hydrating mists.
It’s best to incorporate the face moisturizer into both your daytime and nighttime routines.
OLAY provided us with complimentary bottles of the moisturizer to test. A variety of testing times were used by our reviewers ranging from one month to one week.
Emerald Elitou, Writer
I’ve been using the moisturizer for a week, and I’m intrigued by the healing benefits of the little red jar. Per Dr. Wilkerson’s recommendation, I incorporated the moisturizer into both my day and night skincare routines. I’m happy to say the face cream quickly absorbed into my skin and left no greasy residue, allowing it to be worn under my makeup seamlessly. As a makeup enthusiast, this was a big plus for me.
I don’t usually use fragranced skincare products (for no particular reason), but this one had a pleasant scent that I enjoyed. Although it claims to hydrate skin intensely in one day, I can’t say my skin felt dewy hours after applying it. However, I’ll keep using it to see if it helps in the distant future.
Sophie Toporoff, Head of Strategic Partnerships
I prefer a super light moisturizer, so I was concerned this would be too heavy. I was pleasantly surprised that although it’s heavier than what I’m used to, it didn’t feel greasy on the skin. The scent is absolutely delicious, too!
The entire time I used it, I had zero breakouts, which is rare. I tend to get a zit or two at some point every week, but for as long as I’ve been using the moisturizer, I haven’t had any notable ones!
I haven’t seen a difference in moisture compared to my CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, which I’ve been using for over a year. The only thing I didn’t like is that it’s in a tub instead of a pump. It would probably be my new go-to moisturizer if it weren’t for this.
Juliette Decker, Jr. Account Executive
I have extremely dry skin, especially in the winter. I’m happy to share that this moisturizer has been hugely helpful and exactly what my skin needs! It feels luxurious every time I apply it. After a month of use, I’ve noticed that my skin is softer and more hydrated. I’ll definitely be repurchasing.
The bottom line
If you have dry winter skin, you may want to consider adding this moisturizer to your skincare regimen.