What the Frenshe: What Is Niacinamide and What Does It Do?

03.17.2021 — The Frenshe Editors

What the Frenshe is our content series surrounding the big questions our audience frequently ask. We dive deep into these topics, demystify the truth, and debunk the myths. 

When it comes to skincare ingredients, the list can get overwhelming. You likely find yourself thinking things like “should I use this?”,  “is this safe?”, or “is this even for my skin type?”. Throughout the course of the past year, one ingredient has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue—niacinamide. While this curiosity is newer to the consumer, it’s been a go-to among skincare professionals for years. If you too are curious about the wonders of niacinamide, we spoke to Joanna Vargas to breakdown the benefits of the miracle ingredient.

What Is Niacinamide?

To put it simply, niacinamide is a form of vitamin B-3. “Niacinamide minimizes the appearance of pores, improves uneven skin tone, softens fine lines and wrinkles, and brightens and strengthens the skin,” she says. Among those benefits, niacinamide also helps boost hydration levels in the skin. Plus, it can also help the efficacy of other ingredients in your skincare regimen.

Who Should Use Niacinamide?

The good news is that niacinamide is beneficial for everyone. “Anyone can use it, even those with very sensitized skin,” she explains. “You can even use the ingredient around your eye area, it’s that safe!”

What products will you find Niacinamide in?

You can find niacinamide in a variety of skincare products, including serums, moisturizers, body lotions, and face masks. Vargas made sure to include the hero ingredient in her best-selling Twilight Mask. “Niacinamide boosts the efficacy of the healing and hydrating qualities of my Twilight Mask, making it a go-to for all our minimally-invasive spa treatments, like the Twilight Facial and the Clear and Brilliant Treatment,” she says.

You can try the Joanna Vargas Twilight Face Mask for $75/5 sheets and $17/single sheet.  

The Frenshe Editors