Before we even knew what 2020 had in store for us, we predicted niacinamide was going to be a trending skin-care ingredient. (Not to toot our own horns, but we were right. There have been countless new releases packed with the good stuff.) While it’s no newbie to the beauty industry, the brightening ingredient is being reimagined in Glow Recipe‘s latest product drop: a highlighting serum by the name of Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops.
For those unfamiliar, niacinamide (a type of vitamin B3) is a powerhouse ingredient with a boatload of skin-care benefits. When applied topically, it can decrease inflammation from acne and rosacea, reduce the appearance of fine lines and pigmentation, and overall enhance skin tone, Mona Gohara, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine, tells Allure. In other words, niacinamide is the ideal remedy for stressed-out skin.
Because I’ve been essentially hibernating in my New York City apartment and unforgivingly blasted with overactive, outdated radiators, my skin has been experiencing more redness, flakiness, and dullness than usual. So far, I’ve been slathering on all of my most intensely-hydrating skin-care products, but no singular product has visibly reduced my redness and enhanced my glow as well as the Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops has.
The lightweight, cooling pink formula has a gel-like texture similar to that of the Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum, so it sinks into my skin immediately. A few minutes post-application, my redness is all but invisible. Now, please direct your attention to the photo on the left below where I’m only wearing Dew Drops. I took that right after waking up to inflamed skin and was wowed by the very apparent glow-up. Jaw, meet floor. My morning beauty routine has slowly chipped away to the bare necessities (aka sunscreen), so I’ve been relying on this serum to make my skin not reflect my erratic sleep schedule, poor diet, and constant floods of stress. (We’ll tackle the larger issues later, OK?)