ABC'S of Skincare: Vitamin B
Vitamin B in skincare, while more subtly incorporated into many products, often provides the efficacious push many formulas need for gentle skincare with noteworthy results. Remarkably suitable for all skin types, including ultra-sensitive skin, introducing vitamin B to your skincare regimen could be a game changer. In fact, vitamin B can actually reduce skin sensitivity and irritability with regular usage, all while providing its long list of benefits.
With an anti-inflammatory, calming effect recommended for a number of skin conditions, including acne and rosacea, this antioxidant rich powerhouse nutrient revitalizes dull and tired skin, aids in issues of pigmentation, normalizes oil production, minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores, softens rough skin and fortifies skin cell health and resilience, strengthening the skin’s natural barrier for more protection against environmental aggressors, like UV rays and pollution.
So, if vitamin B does all the magic of its vitamin A and C cohorts, why has it faded into the background? It may be because the eight different variants of vitamin B can be distressing, or plain confusing, to parse through. But don’t fret- we’re here to make it easy. We want to help you learn the magic of vitamin B through some of our favorite, most trusted and most dependable vitamin B products.
Vitamin B’s illuminating, skin-altering effects can be often be credited to Niacinamide, arguably the most popular of the vitamin B derivatives, proven to have outstanding results time and time again. Niacinamide restores and enhances skin cell health and production, reinforcing the skin’s natural protective barrier to build resilience against air pollution, sun damage, and other toxins. Its acne-fighting and oil regulating power combined with its intense ability to calm irritation and inflammation makes it a must-have for anyone struggling with acne, especially extreme, inflamed cases. That it remains exceptionally gentle enough for any level of skin irritability and sensitive despite its extreme potency makes vitamin B nothing short of a miracle.
But there are 8 varieties of vitamin B that can work independently or in tandem to deliver outstanding results. These forms of vitamin B are B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacinamide), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid), and B12 (cobalamin). Each of them have slightly different focuses though with much overlap. For example- while riboflavin, or B2, is exceptional for regulating oil production, fighting acne and evening skin tone, B12, or cobalamim, targets with more emphasis issues of pigmentation.
Many products utilizing the magic of vitamin B will include many, if not all forms of topical vitamin B, ensuring its collective power!
Here are some of our favorite products that incorporate superb vitamin B into their groundbreaking, efficacious and dependable formulas and treatments that we love turning to again and again!
Vitner’s Daughter’s Active Treatment Essence
The complex formula for Active Treatment Essence deeply hydrates, brightens, illuminates, renews and revitalizes the complexion, restoring balance and evening tone and texture to noticeably improve the overall appearance of skin. With 70+ water-soluble nutrients and plant actives, including stabilized vitamin C, a full-suite of B vitamins, micro and mini hyaluronic acid, probiotics, micro-exfoliators, plant stem cells, microalgae and superfoods like astragalus and moringa, Active Treatment Essence offers multifaceted performance.
VENN’s Vitamin B Activated All-In-One Concentrate
Using Vitamins B1 (Thiamine HCL), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacinamide), B5 (Panthenol), B7 (Biotin), and B9 (Folic Acid), 11 Amino Acids (including 8 Essential Amino Acids), and solubilized Mastic Gum as key ingredients, this all-in-one concentrate deeply hydrates and effectively improves the skin’s complexion in a single step.
Activated All-In-One Concentrate
Mara’s Algae Enzyme Cleansing Oil
Works well with acne-prone, mature, or sensitive skin. Gently exfoliates and sweeps away impurities + makeup while flooding skin with vitamins and fatty acids for super clean skin that glows. Packed with marine botanicals, kelp and spirulina, loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A, B Complex, C, D and E to hydrate and retain moisture.
Virtue’s Topical Scalp Supplement
Restore scalp to a healthy state nightly with this highly potent, feather-light serum that goes on easily and absorbs quickly. Virtue Topical Scalp SupplementTM odds scalp and hair with nutrients using pure Alpha Keratin 60ku, B vitamins, peptides, and prebiotic activity. The result: a healthy scalp for strong, vibrant, and youthful hair.
Augustinus Bader’s The Cream
Featuring the Trigger Factor Complex—a combination of natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins, and synthesized molecules—the cream activates regeneration of the body’s own stem cells. By supporting the body's innate renewal processes, the formula visibly reduces signs of aging as well as damage caused by environmental stressors. The Cream is also packed with all-important lipids to help support skin's protective moisture barrier, nurturing a softer, more supple complexion that glows with health.
IDEO’s Skin Memory Serum
Serumized form of brain, anti-aging RMA Complex that targets the visible signs of aging like discoloration, lines, uneveness and laxity that are a result of disordered and destabilized epidermal cells. Cells that have forgotten how to be young. IDEO acts like a reprogrammer. Helping cells regain their youth memory, relearn youthful behavior and resolve their underlying age issues in the process.