ordinary niacinamide review

Ordinary Niacinamide Review

I’m already on my second bottle of serum The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, so it’s time for me to talk about it in more detail!

Niacinamide. If you are not a cosmetics nerd, obsessed with the ingredients, it is possible that it does not tell you anything. On the other hand, if you are interested in Asian cosmetics, it is likely that it speaks to you more! There is a lot of Niacinamide in Korean cosmetics including moisturizing, lightening or even anti-aging products.

And it is also found in a lot of Western cosmetics also because Niacinamide is a bit like the Swiss knife of cosmetics: it is effective on many things!

What is niacinamide?

Niacinamide is a vitamin; vitamin B3 also called vitamin PP. In cosmetics, it belongs to the category of antioxidants.

Antioxidants are very useful anti-aging ingredients for the protection and prevention of skin aging.

In summary, they are molecules capable of preventing the oxidation of the skin (yes, yes, oxidation, like rust!). The phenomenon of oxidation is particularly responsible for the production of free radicals, molecules that cause chain results and therefore a lot of damage to the skin. Free radicals are one of the main sources of accelerated aging of the skin.

This oxidation of the covering is caused by various factors: stress, pollution, tobacco, infections and skin inflammation, sun exposure (I speak here of all UV rays, not only those of the sun at the beach ) …

Regarding niacinamide, it is a super-complete ingredient that has a lot of actions on the skin:

  • It helps to develop the barrier function of the skin, by strengthening the intercellular cement. In French, that means that the skin is better protected from external aggression,
  • – It improves the hydration  of the skin by limiting its natural loss of water,
  • It helps to reduce the hyper-production of sebum and to reduce the size of the pores of the skin,
  • – it also helps to reduce pimples and blackheads,
  • It also helps to homogenize the texture of the skin for a soothing effect,
  • – it develops the flexibility of the skin and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles,
  • – it also has a lightning impact on hyperpigmentation and pigment spots,
  • – it would also have effects on rosacea acne according to several studies (here, I admit that it comes out of my area of expertise and I urge you to do your research on the subject)
  • – It finally prevents the formation of free radicals, because it is an antioxidant as we saw above.

(If you want to know more and read English, take a look at this comprehensive scientific document about it )

In short, as you can see, it’s hard to find an action on the skin that niacinamide does not do! No matter what your skin type and your age, niacinamide is an interesting cosmetic ingredient.

And strangely, as we will see below, The Ordinary chose to focus on only a few of its effects but given the high percentage of niacinamide contained in this product, it would be a disgrace to use it “only” for its pore minimizer side!

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, Review:

The presentation of the brand:

“Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce blemishes and skin congestion. The important concentration of this vitamin at 10% is supported in the formula by zinc to balance the skin and reduce the production of sebum.

Contraindication: If you use vitamin C in your skincare routine, it is best to alternate with Niacinamide (ideally, vitamin C in the evening and this formula in the morning). Otherwise, Niacinamide may affect the integrity of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid).

Notes: Even though Niacinamide and Zinc balance skin and reduce sebum production, they are not acne treatments. For persistent acne, we recommend benzoyl peroxide and / or retinoic acid.

Independent studies suggest that Niacinamide is also an effective ingredient against hyper-pigmentation. “

So, for once, I find that their description of this product is quite partial and there are also directions given by the site that I am not. Let me explain:

Deciem describes this product as a treatment only for oily skin, and when you know a little the effects of niacinamide, I find it a shame! Personally, I think it’s a product that all types of skin can use, especially those who need to add anti-oxidants to their routine (and after 30 years, it’s a family of ingredients that is very interesting to preserve the youth of his skin). 
Of course, the fact that there is zinc in the formula seems to make a product that is especially suitable for oily skin (zinc is a purifying active), but actually, niacinamide is such a cosmetic icon that it would be it’s a shame to do without it if you have dry skin!
At the moment, I look closely at Korean skincare products and home; niacinamide is an ingredient used for all skin types, without distinction.

When not associating with a serum with vitamin C, I learned a lot about the subject and it would prove that the two ingredients can be used together without problem and that it does not cancel the all their effects (I refer you to the excellent article by Kind Of Stephen on this subject if you want more details). 
Personally, I use a vitamin C serum in the morning, the Ordinary Niacinamide at night and everything goes very well.

So to summarize, I would rather describe the serum  The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% as a moisturizing serum, anti-aging, purifying and also has a lightening action on hyper-pigmentation.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%  comes in a bottle of 30ml.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% review:

– Packaging:

As usual at The Ordinary, this is a glass bottle with a dropper with a capacity of 30ml.

– Scent:

The formula is fragrance-free and does not smell much.

– Texture:

A little sticky gel. It should not be too much. Otherwise, it tends to “soap, ” and it is a bit difficult to penetrate. If you apply the right amount, no problem (me, I put about 1/4 pipette).

– Formula:

Quite simply, it is a formula without alcohol, without silicones, oil-free, nut-free, cruelty-free and vegan. 
On the notable ingredients side, there is essentially niacinamide concentrated at 10% and zinc (dosed at 1%), a mineral known for its purifying side.

Here is the complete list of ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, PCA Zinc, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan Gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

– Use:

It can be used morning and evening, all year long if you want.

So I use it rather in the evening, before my night cream, either alone or mixed with my oil care (at this moment, I test Tamanu oil, healing, and anti-bacterial oil). I get the impression that The Ordinary has improved the formula because the first bottle I used tended to lint what I put on it (that’s why I started to apply in the evening, because in the morning, with the foundation over it, it was just not possible) but there, I have no more worries.

Pleasure level of use, it is not the most cosmetically elegant serum I tried, far from it, but honestly, for its price, I do not blame him too much! wink

– Result:

For the purifying side, I found the results rather convincing even if I confess that I have a hard time believing that this product (or any other, for what it’s worth) can reduce the size of my pores, particularly at my age. Indeed, my skin begins slowly but surely to relax, and one of the wonderful results of this relaxation is the enlargement of the pores (yes, you know what they say, the old age is a shipwreck … lol). 
But my skin shines less than before, and I am also very convinced by its moisturizing action.

As for the anti-aging effects, they are rather preventive effects, so it’s quite difficult to judge after a few months of use, forcibly.

I’m still rather seduced overall, and this serum is part of the brand products that I have already bought (and I intend to continue to use a long time!).

– Quality / Price ratio:

Its price/quality ratio is excellent, like all The Ordinary products that I have tried for now. For an anti-aging serum, it’s hard to be cheaper!

 In summary:

 Strong points

– the multi-function side, niacinamide is a good ingredient for everything! 
– it is perfect for all skin types and all ages 
– the simple and effective formula 
– it can be used all year 
– its unbeatable price/quality ratio

 Weak points

– the texture is not necessarily the most cosmetically elegant that I tried (but for its price, it’s not very serious)

Niacinamide serum is part of The Ordinary products that I highly recommend, whether you have combination or oily skin. 
Niacinamide is an ultra-complete ingredient, especially for its anti-aging action, so if you are over 30, it may interest you! smile

The serum  The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%   is available on the site of the brand at a reasonable price.

And you, have you ever tried a niacinamide product? Does The Ordinary’s tempt you?

Garnier Micellar Water Review

Garnier Micellar Water Review – Micellar Water Garnier Review

Who is here who makeup every day? I’m proud of you guys who each day have to make up. When the application may still be enthusiastic but fitting back home, it was already too tired to double cleansing, and super males make clean face right. As adherents to double cleansing, how to clean my face quite a lot, often I begin to skip clean face, but afraid to face dull and acne.

It’s like to use a natural facial cleanser as well as a good facial cleanser but not make Tibet. Hmmm, guess there is not you?

Now I’ve found a way to clean the skin of a simple face when the manager hit but can face well. Micellar Water to the Rescue. This is the best facial cleansing solution I use after more than a dozen. Are you familiar with Micellar Water? So what exactly is Micellar water?

What is Micellar water

Micellar Water is all in one cleansing. Micellar Water is superior to ordinary cleansing because it contains micelle, these tiny particles act like magnets. Micelle not only pulls dirt and makeup but also hydrates your skin.

The main function of the micellar water is a facial cleanser without rinse & leave no sticky/oily residue. The main difference from Micellar Water with Cleanser / Make-up remover is texture, its texture as light as water, so it allows us to remove the dirt with a single swab without rinsing.

Garnier Micellar Water Review

Well, this time I want to review Micellar Water from Garnier, Garnier Micellar Water this texture as light as water, do not leave the rest sticky or greasy. Miraculously, it not only lifts dust and dirt. The all-in-1 dry cleanser can clean all makeup including make-up, dust, oil, sweat and other with practical in one swab, so it does not take long when its use.

Also, Dermatologically tested, Ophthalmologically tested, Garnier Micellar Water also does not contain perfume, so it is suitable for all types of skin as well as for sensitive skin though.

When we are not using make-up we always think the face is clean, but dirt and pollution attached to our faces let alone the rest of the use of sunscreen that can cause blackheads if not cleaned properly, we can use Garnier Micellar water. Garnier Micellar Water is not a regular makeup Remover yaaa but also serves as Cleansing Water that can remove dirt dust, oil, sweat and more.

The external appearance:

The Maxi bottle of the Garnier Micellar Water is quite normal and not great design. A round bottle, which is transparent and has a pink lid. 

On the front and back are each transparent stickers that show all brand information and product names all relevant information on the micellar water. All in all, rather unspectacular, but it does not have to be, it should be clean and does not have to look styled.

But I have one point that bothers me enormously: the spout is simply grits, unfortunately, have to say so. Because if you do not put on a cotton pad before turning the bottle to remove the product, then the micellar tonic runs down the bottle. That also ugly stains on the bottom and remain on the tiles, if you do not wipe immediately, I do not have to say extra, right? A pump donor would have been much more useful here.

Variant Garnier Micellar Water:

Garnier Micellar Water there are two variant,

  1. Garnier Micellar Water Pink is suitable for sensitive skin because it is formulated without alcohol
  2. Garnier Micellar Water Blue will help control the excess oil, prevent acne

I admit that I am skeptical when a product promises to remove even water-resistant make-up without any problems, without rubbing and in one go. So too with this micelle water. Often enough I have experienced that in the end it did not even hold half of what the product promised. And then one becomes “unbelieving” with time; o) 

Micelles are described as a magnet for impurities and make-up and should provide for a quick and particularly thorough facial cleansing. I can not imagine how it works on the skin, but the main thing is that it works, right? I’ll talk about that sooner. 

Because I deal more and more often with the ingredients of the products – for years I have EVERYTHINGsmeared into my face and whether that was always so healthy … – well anyway, maybe it is interesting for you, what is in the products and what is possibly classified as questionable.

The ingredients of Garnier micelles cleaning water

In order to “pick” the micelle cleansing water from Garnier into its individual parts, I looked for the product at Codecheck and found it directly. 

Four ingredients contained in the micellar water are classified as recommendable via Test : 

  • Glycerin, moisturizing, skin- 
  • smoothing Hexylene Glycol (preservative) 
  • Disodium (vegetable surfactant)
  • Polyaminopropyl biguanide  (preservative)
  • Rather fitting here is rather the label “harmless”, as “recommended”, I would say. 
  • As recommended less  an ingredient is designated:
  • Disodium Edta weakens cell membranes (preservatives)
  • And not recommended is a substance called:
  • Poloxamer 184, can make the skin more permeable and thereby bring pollutants into the body (surfactant)

Basically, I think the relationship as balanced, the “pollutant” but irritated me. Because a permeable skin is not what I want when I clean my skin twice a day to get it radiantly beautiful. Now the Poloxamer 184 is at the penultimate place and is therefore used in the product on the second least. One does not know how much it would take to achieve a permeability of the skin. And since all products must be approved in the USA and constantly tested, I can hardly imagine that it is contained in harmful concentration.

The effect of Garnier micellar cleansing water

To challenge the little water I have made up a dark AMU, including a black base. In addition, I pulled a thick line and made red lips. So I’m in the evening with a ” hrrrrrrrrrrr, you can not do it anyway! ” Face gone to the bathroom and have soaked my cotton pads. 

200 cleaners, I find this number a bit exaggerated – but that can also be up to me because my pad must always be soaked, so I have the feeling, even really clean.

As usual, I have the cotton pads briefly held on my eyes and then taken away sideways. The fact is that it is not, as in advertising: hang up and streak-free clean. And also without rubbing, I did not get along. But, I’m a bit impressed that the AMU could be easily removed without leaving any residue. And that it did not burn in your eyes! 
The lips were clean with twice over and I did not believe that the micellar water creates that. Luckily, I did not have a dried-out feeling after removing the make-up, so the dry skin version balances and moisturizes.

To give you some insight, I’ve swatted “Blake” on the back of my hand and once wiped it over with a drizzled pad over it. As you can see, almost all of the lipstick is removed with a wipe.


The packaging also there are travel-friendly with packing cute 125ml and 400ml (NEW!) For a day to be more efficient and enough for monthly stock.


The price of Garnier Micellar water is reasonable and the available sizes are 125ml and 400ml. Super affordable right?

Where Can I buy it?

Garnier Micellar Water can also be found in the nearest Drugstore and Mini Market from where you are! So easy to find where.

Why I Love Garnier Micellar Water:

  • Garnier Micellar Water, this texture as light as water, do not leave the rest sticky or oily.
  • Not only removes dust and dirt, but Garnier Micellar Water also hydrates the skin
  • Garnier Micellar Water formula is halal (So make the same concern on the halal label in a product do not worry yaaa).
  • I love to use Garnier Micellar Water as a facial cleanser that cleans up incredibly quickly so I can do other activities.
  • Travel-friendly really, not possible when the holidays bring a lot of goods. It can double as Make p remover as well as a cleanser.
  • Practical use of Garnier Micellar Water when the time is little to clean (especially at night hit).
  • Garnier Micellar Water is essential when used in makeup/swap makeup or swatch lipstick on my Youtube.
  • Together with love the same performance, Garnier Micellar Water: 1 clean step, you must try!

My review of Garnier Micellar Water, hope to help you looking for ways to clean the face well but not complicated. The Garnier cleansing water with micellar technology not only promises, it also holds and provides a thorough and relatively quick cleansing of the skin. 

If I will buy it, I’m not sure yet. However, this is more due to the fact that I am currently using another make-up removal product that I like – because of other properties – much better. I’ll use it up but in any case. It does not hide.