Do seasonal changes cause your skin to play up? You’re not alone. Whether it’s enlarged pores, greasy-looking skin, or a dull and congested complexion, many of us are losing that healthy summer glow that we came to know and love.
Don’t just suffer skin in silence – we have just what you need to boost your complexion in the form of five new niacinamide-packed skincare buys. If you haven’t heard of this wonder ingredient, niacinamide is being touted by experts as the one-stop-shop solution to enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and dullness.
Also, If your budget isn’t huge, not to worry, one of our Beauty Edit testers is raving about a £12.99 toner that transformed the look of her enlarged pores. Ready to give your skin a new-season blitz? Here’s what to shop…
Best for: shrinking pores
Bliss Disappearing Act Toner, £12.99 here
Contains a mushroom-based “pore vanish complex” which tag-teams with niacinamide to boost the skin barrier.
Tester Natalie says: “This product has absolutely done wonders for my enlarged pores. Over the last 4 weeks they have visibly reduced in size. A friend told me my complexion was looking amazing. Definitely does what it is meant to do and I will absolutely be purchasing this. Everything about it is fab.” 5/5
Best for: giving a glow
Charlotte Tilbury Glow Tonic, from £15 here
This acid-free formula uses niacinamide to smooth skin, refine pores and hydrate. Instead of using AHAs, it also has a prickly pear cactus extract to exfoliate.
Tester Hannah says: “The feel of this product is just pure luxury and I really enjoyed using it. It gives such a beautiful radiance, and people said I was glowing. My skin looks brighter and has fewer blemishes. Brilliant product overall.” 5/5
Best for: smoothing and soothing
Keys Soulcare Let Me Glow Illuminating Serum, £25 here
A multi-tasking niacinamide and rose water serum that primes skin for make-up while adding glow.
Tester Yvonne says: “From the first application my skin felt smoother, less dry and without the red sensitive patches. Friends said I looked a lot brighter and ‘refreshed’. My husband said I looked ‘well’, as if I’d had a good sleep. It is so soothing, it glides on beautifully, and makes me feel better about my skin.” 5/5
Best for: improving the look of pigmentation
La Roche-Posay Pure Niacinamide 10, £38 here
A 10% niacinamide product that fights against dark spots while soothing skin and strengthening its moisture barrier.
Tester Lisa says: “After using this for a few weeks my skin is brighter, and people told me I looked healthier. It has definitely evened my skin tone out and made my skin look firmer. A fantastic product.” 5/5
Best for: transforming skin overnight
Farmacy 10% Niacinamide Night Mask, £40 here
A leave-on moisture mask promising to “transform skin overnight” so you wake up with visibly improved skin texture and refined pores.
Tester Mihaela says: “I was initially reluctant because this has no fragrance and a thick, heavy texture. However, I woke up with more radiant skin after just one use. I have been using 2-3 times a week, and while I don’t think it’s really refined my pores, I did see a beautiful difference in smoothness and hydration. If it wasn’t for the texture, I would have probably used it daily as I really loved the morning-after skin.” 4/5