In order to ensure you're getting the most out of your skincare products, we're breaking down some of the most common—and some not so common—ingredients found in skincare products. In the past we've decoded copper, caffeine, charcoal, and blue tansy. Up next, an ingredient that only looks tricky.
The ingredient: niacinamide
Also known as: vitamin B3
Quick take: Known as a skin-restoring ingredient, it's commonly found in anti-aging products to tone, brighten, and even out skin tone.
Claims to fame: A form of vitamin B3, niacinamide is found in many foods such as yeast, meat, fish, milk, eggs, green vegetables, beans, and cereal grains. But, it also offers some top-notch skincare benefits as well. Without giving you a total science lesson, niacinamide a.k.a. vitamin B3 has been shown to reduce the decline of two enzymes (NADH and NADPH, if you're getting fancy), which aid in creating a strong barrier on skin to help protect against pollution, aggressors, and other external factors.
Where to find it:
Splurge: Skin Inc. Vitamin B3+ Serum ($45)
This tiny but mighty bottle contains some serious redness-fighting ingredients to aid problematic skin. Count niaminacide as the star of this show thanks to its tone-evening properties.
Save: Cerave Skin Renewing Night Cream ($15.99)
Praised for its affordable and potent potential, CeraVe's night cream is non-greasy and works while you sleep. Not only are niacinamides active ingredients here, but also a powerful ceramide and peptide complex as well. And Influensters are loving it:
Indie: VERSO SKINCARE Super Facial Serum ($120)
It might be a bit of a saver-upper, but VERSO's Super Facial Serum is loaded with skin-saving goodies: pepper extract, curcuma longa root extract, vitamin A acid, and retinol, making it eight times more effective than standard retinol.
Do you use any products containing niacinamides? Share with us your picks!