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

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Ingredients list: Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. 


Niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3) is one of the key ingredients in skincare, clearly backed by science, but compared to other star-ingredients Niacinamide plays low-key. Perhaps less glamorous or less exciting, it’s not put forward as much as vitamin C or retinol by skincare brands in order to convince customers to buy their products. In fact, niacinamide is frequently included somewhere down the ingredient list of different products (moisturizers, toners, cleansers), but it’s rarely sold in the form of a high concentration serum. It’s unfortunate this ingredient is so often overlooked considering its outstanding versatility and universality. New to skincare? Niacinamide is a great ingredient to start with.

Product claims

« Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity.»     @theordinary.com

 Key ingredients

√  Niacinamide: Used to reduce facial redness (anti-inflammatory) and to improve the look of pores and skin texture. Also helps tackle fine lines and dullness,

√  Zinc: A skin soothing mineral known to help regulate sebum production of the skin.

Product characteristics

  • Irritation potential: very low, should calm your skin
  • Look & feel: thick clear serum, easy to apply
  • Finish: no visible residue, easily absorbed by the skin (“Matte” finish)
  • Smell: unscented
  • Packaging: 30ml glass bottle with dropper. An efficient and safe packaging to preserve the integrity of air sensible antioxidants.
  • Potency: Strong. Highly concentrated serum.
  • Pricing: affordable (5,90 USD)

My experience with the product

So I’ve used the serum on a regular basis for more than two months and I still find it particularly enjoyable to use: non-irritating, neither too heavy nor sticky. The serum is easy to apply and to wear in public, making it great for everyday life. In fact, it’s been, for me, the most frequently applied serum in the last months and I’m convinced that this product played a substantial role in obtaining the best skin of my life and maintaining it that way. Since I’ve introduced the serum in my routine, I’ve won my everlasting battle with skin redness (light rosacea). This is major. I feel like it seriously helped my skin balance itself, by providing essential nutrients to combat inflammation. My skin feels more comfortable than ever.   

Final thoughts 

The product is simple in its formulation, easy to use and to “wear in public”, yet truly potent and effective. I now realize vitamin B3 (niacinamide) is a prime partner for maintaining a healthy and balanced skin. I also like the inclusion of zinc in the product. My main concern was inflammation/skin redness, but science says its also one of the best ingredients to tackle enlarged pores, blotchy skin, and an uneven skin tone. I am convinced the product can help every type of skin to get (and stay) healthy.

The only other brand producing a high strength niacinamide serum that I am aware of is Paula’s Choice with the 10% Niacinamide Booster. It’s currently sold 42 US dollars for 20ml. This one also comes with a much longer and therefore worrying ingredients list. The Ordinary sells its well-formulated serum at the price of 5,90 ($) for 30ml. How bout that.

  • Will I repurchase the product? Yes, I already have!
  • Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes! This is the one product that will benefit every type of skin, thanks to 10% niacinamide (+zinc). A partner for a well-balanced and healthy skin.

⇒ Score: 10/10 (!!)

perfection: I don’t have a single tiny negative comment for this product.

It’s all I wanted it to be and much more. 

PS: I’m actually quite a critical person: I want the best nothing less. We deserve it. You won’t be seeing another product getting 10/10 anytime soon :p

I’d LOVE to hear about your experience with this particular product ∼

Other’s out there who fell in love with the product? Or have some of you hated your experience instead?

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