If 2017 was the year for Vitamin C, we’re declaring 2018 the year that we sing the well-earned praises of Vitamin B3. (And, of course, continue to obsess over Vitamin C because there’s enough love to go around and we have a metaphorical iron-tight grip on our Vitamin C Peel at all times!) Let’s get to it and start shining the spotlight on this equally-impressive powerhouse player!

Vitamin B3, or niacinamide, is a natural illuminator that offers a plethora of benefits for aging skin. This water-soluble vitamin is the real queen of multi-tasking. It visibly improves the appearance of large pores, improves uneven skin tone, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, reduces dullness...and more! An overachiever after our hearts.

In the pageantry of skincare, Vitamin B3 takes home the prize for Miss Congeniality. It’s like that one friend you have that gets along with just about everyone and anyone. You don’t have to worry about it clashing with other ingredients or products in your routine like retinols, acids and antioxidants. Vitamin B3 is a true team player and can even be combined with Vitamin C to produce even more powerful results when it comes to dullness, discolorations and dark spots.

Your body gets its B3 dosage from meat, fish and some green veggies but where does your skin source it? To get the brightening benefits delivered to your skin, you have to ingest it via a supplement or apply it topically. Vitamin B3 can be found in a variety of products like toners serums, moisturizers and masks. If you are already impressed with Vitamin B3’s resume of results, we’ve highlighted our favorite products that feature this MVP ingredient below. 2018 is all yours, B3.

Multi-Task Eye Serum Mask

Vitamin B3 defies dark spots and discoloration by jump-starting skin cell renewal.

Lighten & Brighten Hydrogel Mask

Vitamin B3 prevents the signs of skin discoloration by suppressing melanin production for a glowing complexion.

White Marble Translucence Cream

Vitamin B3 Complex inhibits the melanin that causes dark spots while strengthening skin’s moisture barrier.

Phormula 3-9 Repair Cream

Vitamins A, C, E, B3, and Provitamin B5, a super-group of nutrients that together work to hydrate, soothe, and smooth skin.

Is your inner skincare nerd geeking out like ours is at the talk of all these technical ingredients? Read up on our other star ingredients that serve as the workhorses of our favorite products!