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?

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