To the relief of scientists everywhere, today’s skincare consumers are savvier than ever. They know that aging is inevitable. They know that there are a lot of weak—or outright false—claims out there about skincare products. And they certainly know that it’s important to make sure that anything you put on your skin has rigorous scientific support behind it.
Let’s Talk Chemistry
This is nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, more commonly referred to by its cute little moniker of “NAD+”. Whether you previously knew its name or not, this little molecule plays an essential role in energy metabolism, where it’s critical in oxidative phosphorylation and in the citric acid cycle necessary for producing adenosine diphosphate (ADP) for your cells.
Now, what the heck does that mean?
In short, it means that NAD+ is crucial in making sure your cells are able to function. It shuttles electrons around inside your cells, allowing them to generate the energy they need. Unfortunately (and cue dramatic music) … NAD+ levels decrease with age.
As we age, we build up certain enzymes in our tissues that degrade NAD+, leading to a range of age-related issues. Our focus area is supporting the body’s skin longevity as we age to improve health (via our supplement) and our appearance (via our topicals).
Needless to say, a drop in NAD+ levels is not good for you or your skin. Luckily, there are some ways to manage losing this little chemical buddy from your body.
Though we now understand the importance of NAD+, the annoying fact of the matter is that you can’t just knock back a NAD+ pill and call it a day. In order for NAD+ to be effective in its cellular functions and in improving your skin’s long-term health, it needs to be synthesized within your own body. So, instead of focusing on directly applying NAD+ to the skin, the scientific focus has instead shifted to compounds that promote your body’s own NAD+ synthesis pathways: compounds known as NAD+ “precursors”.
More specifically, these precursors include a wide variety of compounds in the vitamin B3 family that are present at different steps of the NAD+ synthesis process. These compounds have opaque and often overlapping names such as niacinamide (NAM), nicotinic acid (NA), nicotinamide riboside (NR), and nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN). With so many names that all sound essentially the same and are often touted by different vendors and product lines, it can get extremely confusing and borderline impossible to keep it all straight.
So, let us break it down for you.
- Niacinamide (NAM) is a compound at the first stage of NAD+ synthesis. It’s been studied heavily.
- Niacin or nicotinic acid (NA) is another compound at the first stage of NAD+ synthesis. While able to raise NAD+ levels, it has been largely set aside due to a range of unpleasant side effects, such as flushing of the skin.
- Nicotinamide riboside (NR) is yet another compound at the first stage of NAD+ synthesis. It’s been shown to raise NAD+ levels more effectively than NAM or NA.
- Nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN) is finally, finally, FINALLY, something different: a later step in the NAD+ synthesis pathway, NMN is further down the metabolic pathway and, as a result, has fewer steps between itself and that oh-so-sweet NAD+ that we’re looking for.
- Lastly, M-and-Ms (M&Ms) are a candy, not a NAD+ precursor. Almost got you though, didn’t I?
Our Stars of our topicals skin care line : NMN and the NAD+ Complex
In comparison with other NAD+ precursors, NMN functions later in the NAD+ synthesis pathway than other precursors like NAM, NA, or NR. In fact, NMN is the immediate precursor to NAD+! This means that each molecule has to go through only one step to get to NAD+, which intuitively allows for a more effective and efficient result.
NMN and the proprietary complementary cofactors in our NAD+ complex offer a variety of longevity benefits for - healthy looking and feeling skin over time.
Our Skin Chemistry TL;DR
Skincare chemistry can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. When we age, NAD+ levels drop, which is bad for your skin. Aramore’s NAD+ precursor complex helps to revitalize the look and feel of the skin.