EWG level: 1
This is a form of vitamin B3(niacin), a water-soluble vitamin; used in cosmetics and personal care products as a conditioning agent. Niacinamide is also called nicotinamide. Nicotinc acid is another name for Niacin. Niacinamide and Niacin enhance the appearance and feel of hair, by increasing body, suppleness, or sheen, or by improving the texture of hair that has been damaged physically or by chemical treatment. When used in the formulation of skin care products, Niacinamide and Niacin enhance the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness. Niacinamide is found in many foods, including yeast, meat, eggs, milk, green vegetables and cereal grains. Niacinamide and Niacin are used in bath products, shampoos, hair tonics, skin moisturizers and other skin care preparations, and cleansing products.
Its functions are: Hair Conditioning Agent; Skin-Conditioning Agent – Miscellaneous; Smoothing.
“Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful, as a low human health priority” (Environment Canada Domestic Substance List)
No Ecological corcerns, “Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food” (FDA Food Additive Status)