Silky Niacinamide Moisturizer

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Niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) is a powerhouse ingredient for fighting inflammation and signs of aging. One of the best ways to harness its skin benefits is with a niacinamide cream. This lightweight face moisturizer glides on smoothly and leaves skin feeling nourished.

Niacinamide Moisturizer Skin Benefits 

Here’s a quick overview of niacinamide’s benefits. Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide can help with a whole host of skincare issues.

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces fine lines and is anti-aging
  • Improves dark spots and discoloration
  • Suitable for both dry skin and oily skin
  • Helps with blemishes and hyperpigmentation
  • Helps with eczema and rosacea
  • Good for acne-prone skin and breakouts
  • Helps with brightening dull skin tone
  • Minimizes pores

Mixing Niacinamide With Other Products

Hyaluronic acid toner works well with a niacinamide facial moisturizer. Some products even combine the two to stimulate collagen peptides for plumper skin. Vitamin C, however, does not work well with niacinamide and turns it into niacin, which can cause skin irritation. 

Niacinamide moisturizer can fit nicely into your regular skincare routine. After using a cleanser and toner, apply the nourishing moisturizer for a more even skin tone. You can find niacinamide powder here.

Niacinamide Face Moisturizer Ingredients

Most of the niacinamide moisturizers on the market have a long list of ingredients. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when we’re making up a DIY face cream in the kitchen, less is often more. I kept the ingredients for this simple yet effective, and each one serves a purpose. We’ve already covered our star ingredient, niacinamide, but let’s take a closer look at some of the others.

Shea Butter

Normally I would choose non-comedogenic mango butter for a face cream, but this facial moisturizing lotion uses shea butter instead. Mango butter is high in vitamin C (a good thing!), but it can clash with niacinamide, causing irritation. Shea butter is high in vitamins, like the antioxidant vitamin E. This butter helps combat dryness and maintain elasticity. 

Because of its unique plant compounds, shea butter helps protect against UV ray damage, although its exact SPF is unknown. It’s not a replacement for sunscreen, but I don’t use much sunscreen anyway. Get organic shea butter here.

Jojoba Oil

Technically jojoba is a wax, not an oil. This unique skincare ingredient closely mimics our skin’s sebum, so it absorbs beautifully. It draws moisture to the skin and helps our skin’s protective acid mantle. It’s good for all skin types, is an antioxidant, and is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.

If your skin tends to be really dry, you could substitute olive oil or avocado oil instead. Get jojoba oil here.

Grapeseed Oil

I used grapeseed oil as the main oil in this niacinamide moisturizer recipe. It’s lightweight, won’t clog pores, and is good for a variety of skin types. If you don’t have any grapeseed oil on hand, then sweet almond oil will also work. You could also choose a heavier oil if you have very dry skin.


This recipe uses both emulsifying wax and beeswax, and it’s important to use both. Emulsifying wax is vegetable-derived and helps to combine the oil and water. Without it, the oil and water don’t play nice together and make a watery, clumpy mess instead of a hydrating lotion.

Emulsifying wax, however, does not thicken the lotion and on its own makes for a very watery skincare product. The beeswax is necessary to turn the ingredients into a thick, creamy lotion. The shea butter helps to thicken it some, too, so we don’t need as much beeswax (which can clog pores). Get emulsifying wax and beeswax here.


I’ll sometimes make glycerin tinctures (called glycerites) for my kids instead of regular alcohol tinctures. And while you won’t find glycerin in my toothpaste, it’s great for natural skincare. Glycerin smooths, hydrates, and softens skin for that healthy glow. It works as a humectant to draw moisture to the skin, keeping it hydrated and plump. Get glycerin here.

Leucidal Complete Natural Preservative

This is a newer ingredient to some of my DIY skincare products but a very useful one. Because bacteria, fungus, and other microbes love water, a natural, paraben-free preservative helps the niacinamide moisturizer last longer. Unlike my products at Wellnesse that go through stability testing, DIY products don’t have any concrete guarantees on shelf life.

Adding 4% Leucidal to the recipe should make the lotion last for several months. Leucidal Complete is a broad-spectrum natural preservative that tackles a variety of opportunistic microbes and helps the lotion last longer. However, the moisturizer still needs to be stored properly, and as always, throw it out if it starts to smell or look off.

 If you don’t want to use a preservative, then store the niacinamide moisturizer in the fridge and use it within two weeks.

Essential Oils

I use essential oils frequently in my home for mood-boosting, better sleep, and healthier skin. There are a lot of different options that will work in this face lotion. I used lavender because it’s gentle on skin and is good for blemishes of all kinds.

 Here are some other skin-friendly essential oils that will also work:

Niacinamide Moisturizer Strength

I used 5% niacinamide powder in this recipe because 2-10% is what’s most often recommended by dermatologists. If you have really sensitive skin, you can cut the powder in half and still see some benefits. Some niacinamide products go up to 10% or more, but this is more likely to cause irritation. 

This dermatologist recommends using a 10% niacinamide serum for spot treatments to help with severe blemishes. If you want to try that out, double the amount of niacinamide in the recipe. Keep in mind not everyone can tolerate that much, and less is often more. 

How to Make Niacinamide Lotion

Don’t be intimidated by the different “phases” used in the recipe. Just like making healthy mayonnaise, the ingredients need to emulsify. All we’re doing is mixing together the oil-soluble ingredients in one step and the water-soluble ones in a different step. Once everything emulsifies together, we can add in the heat-sensitive ingredients.

Niacinamide moisturizer
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Niacinamide Face Moisturizer

This silky smooth moisturizer will leave skin feeling hydrated and nourished. Great for all skin types!
Active Time20 minutes
Cooling time5 minutes
Yield: 4 ounces
Author: Katie Wells


Water phase


  • Combine all the ingredients for the oil phase into the glass bowl.
  • Fill a saucepan half full with water, and place the glass bowl on top to make a double boiler. Heat over high heat, stirring the ingredients occasionally until completely melted.
  • While the oil-soluble ingredients are on the stove, mix the glycerin and water together in a separate glass jar. Set aside for later.
  • Pour the melted ingredients from the stove into the stand mixer bowl, and put it in the freezer for about 5 minutes. You do not want this to freeze only cool down to room temperature. Once the oil mixture is cooled, it should look more opaque and have a thicker consistency.
  • Put the bowl on the stand mixer with the whisk attachment on medium speed. Very slowly drizzle in the water mixture, and increase the speed to medium-high.
  • Once the mixture looks like lotion, add in the cool-down phase ingredients and mix until well combined.


Shelf life: This lotion should last for several months as long as it’s stored properly. 
Storage: Store in a cool, dry place away from direct light and heat. Only apply with clean, dry hands.

Have you ever used niacinamide (vitamin B3) in skincare products before? Leave us a comment and be sure to share this post with a friend!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


13 responses to “Silky Niacinamide Moisturizer”

  1. Catherine Avatar

    Hi Jaime, what could I use in place of the shea butter? Thank you

  2. Sisa Avatar

    Hi Katie!

    What proportion of niacinamide would you recommend in a body butter and body lotion recipe?

  3. manu Avatar

    Hi Katie. I made this moisturizer last week and I followed the recipe exactly. It came out thicker than the picture and its goopy on the skin. I was wondering if you have any suggestions about making this lighter and easier to spread. Thanks

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      This is a thick lotion recipe, so not much is needed for each use. I’ll dot a little bit on different areas of my face (forehead, cheeks, chin) and then massage it all over to rub in. If you want a thinner version though, then add less beeswax.

  4. Rachel Avatar

    How much HA would you add to this lotion and at what phase? Water phase?

    Thanks so much!

  5. Tamecca Chapman Avatar
    Tamecca Chapman

    Great recipe, thank you for sharing! I am very interested in trying. What would be a suitable substitute for honey? as I am vegan and don’t consume or use products when honey is an ingredient.

    Thank you kindly

  6. Brandi Parkison Avatar
    Brandi Parkison

    Could I add Niacinamide to the magnesium butter recipe?

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      That should work. I’d try adding it at the end right after adding the oil and magnesium mixture together. A 2% dilution would be roughly 1 and 1/2 tsp of niacinamide powder.

  7. nancy stancato Avatar
    nancy stancato

    Can you use vitamin E as the preservative instead of leucidine in this recipe?

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      Vitamin E is an antioxidant, not a preservative. It helps prevent oils from going rancid as quickly, but it won’t do anything to prevent microbial growth. The leucidal or other similar preservative would be necessary here to keep the lotion from growing bacteria, unless you want to keep it in the fridge and use it within 2 weeks.

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