Why you need Niacinamide
Also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinamide, Niacinamide is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly - *minimize enlarged pores *tighten lax pores *improve uneven skin tone *soften fine lines and wrinkles *diminish dullness, and strengthen a weakened surface I don’t think there is one person out there needing help in at least one of these areas!! Niacinamide + Zinc @ $6.00 This water-based serum is has a light gel texture that absorbs quickly and layers perfectly – loads of people rate it as a primer because it instantly makes skin super smooth. Ideal for oily skin, apply it twice daily and you’ll soon notice you skin balancing out. Plus, it has the added bonus of zinc, which helps with healing blemishes. Zinc aids in healing the skin and prevents acne by regulating the activity of the oil glands. Zinc promotes a healthy immune system and the healing of tissues. It is also an antioxidant which helps to fight and prevent the formation of free radicals. Niacinamide can aid in reducing inflammation, which can help with acne, eczema and other inflammatory skin issues. It also helps regulate our natural skin oil production. And the benefits just keep coming...Niacinamide can help slow down the production of Melanin and lighten existing dark patches of skin. Additionally, Niacinamide has been shown to boost collagen, improve skin hydration levels, and even strengthen the skin to protect against environmental pollutants. When working with Niacinamide you want to use it early on in your skincare routine. Always remember- “thinnest to thickest.” Niacinamide is a serum and think of serums as extra treatments that address individual skin concerns outside of regular cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. So Niacinamide should be after toning but before moisturizing. Like most skincare products you are not going to see immediate results. Visible results can take up to 8 weeks, although you may notice a change in your skins texture. I like to use a product for 2-3 months before deciding to keep on with it or move onto something else. For me, Niacinamide will always be apart of my skincare routine. I’ve noticed positive changes in my pores, reduced acne and overall I feel it pairs well with the other products I use, boosting their effectiveness. I especially like to add mine after Cleansing, toning and then applying it after my Hyaluronic Acid. Then I follow up with my other products. There has been debate whether or not Niacinamide is safe to use with Vitamin C, but more and more information is coming to light that it is indeed safe and the two actually pair well together. It was said that Niacinamide cancelled out the effectiveness of Vitamin C, but research now indicates that unless you have overally sensitive skin, the two can be used together. Just be sure to test patch an area of your skin if you are prone to sensitivity. (Some of my facts and info were taken from: www.healthline.com)
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Not the niacinamide serum for me
I love niacinamide as an ingredient but not all niacinamide serums work for me. A classic example of this is the The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% . I first tried this when the ordinary first released itself. I had no idea what niacinamide was at the time so I blindly purchased this because of its cheap price and the promise of helping with oiliness, pores, and acne. The actives in this serum are 10% niacinamide to reduce blemishes, congestion, and brighten the skin, while the 1% zinc pca is supposed to regulate excess sebum activity. This has a gel texture that feels a bit slimy. It dries down pretty quick but leaves a tacky finish. This didn’t work for me back then because it pilled so badly under everything. The only time I noticed minimal pilling was when I just used only this after cleansing followed by a moisturizer. Otherwise, this was terrible to layer under other products. This also left a stinging sensation on my skin which can even be felt when layering something else on top. The stinging went away after a couple minutes but it was still uncomfortable because it occurred every time I used it. My last gripe with this was it broke me out badly and caused my skin to become drier which can be a side effect of zinc pca. I stopped using this back then and only decided to revisit it recently to see if my experience would be different since I’m much more knowledgeable about ingredients now. Plus, I also wanted to compare it all the newer niacinamide serums that I’ve used since then. But unfortunately, nothings changed. The same problems I had before with this product remained. It was ok at first but after a couple days, I started breaking out and my skin felt more dry and sensitive. I’ve got my answer now so I won’t ever be revisiting this product again. There’s just so many other alternatives out there nowadays. If this works for you then please continue using it. I just wanted to share my own experiences and thoughts on this product. Feel free to share your own thoughts on this below. Do you love this or did you experience something similar to me? Rating: 2/5🌟 #CherieCreator #TheOrdinary
Why my Skincare Routine is Never the Same
A friend told me that using too many products can actually make your skin worse after seeing all of the products I have. She’s completely right, using too many at once is no good. In fact, The Ordinary suggested in a recent post to use no more than three serums at a time. This is because the more you use, the less effective they’ll be. Because of this, I stick to a 4 step process. This includes cleansing, exfoliating(PM), using a serum, moisturizing, and using a sunscreen(AM). However, my skin’s needs are different dependent on the day. Because of this, I swap out what I use each step, but making sure to only use one of each step. For example, because of my dry skin, PAULA'S CHOICE - Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser works great. But, after a shift at my local pizzeria, my skin tends to be more oily and I need help from my CeraVe - Renewing SA Cleanser For Normal Skin . By knowing your products and balancing what you use, you should be able to see a noticeable difference in the behavior of your skin!
Quick Guide To Using Niacinamide For Bright Skin
For someone like me who has combination skin and plenty of dark marks, niacinamide is definitely heaven-sent. Niacinamide is basically vitamin B3 in its active form. This ingredient is known to ease redness, lighten dark spots, and minimize pore appearance. Currently, I use niacinamide products regularly as part of my night routine. Prior to using this, I was using AHA products for the micro peel effect, but I stopped because I read on several blogs that niacinamide and AHA can’t be used together. So, how do I use niacinamide on my skin? I actually have two products containing this ingredient: an essence and a serum. After washing my face and applying toner, I use my palms to apply Nacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence. Next, I follow it up with The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I then apply eye cream to my eye area to prevent wrinkles. Lastly, I use my favorite night cream to leave my skin moisturized overnight. Nacific Phyto Niacin Whitening Essence is a lightweight essence that gets absorbed quickly into the skin. TO Niacinamide serum is a crowd-favorite for a reason – it’s very effective in brightening up the skin and lightening any hyperpigmentation. That said, some people have reported getting breakouts or other adverse products from this serum, so check the ingredients list first if you happen to be sensitive to an ingredient or two. 💋💋💋💋💋 5 out of 5 kisses for Niacinamide! I’ve been using niacinamide products for a good part of the year now and I’ve seen some noticeable differences in my skin. Niacinamide helped my skin go from dull to bright in just a short period of time. Say bye-bye to dark spots with this HG-worthy ingredient!
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The perfect anti-aging duo
VIVIER - Retinol 1% Night Complex Derived from vitamin A that increases the rate of skin cell turnover, forming young cells, decreasing superficial dark spots, increases the amount of fibroblasts and produces more collagen and supporting proteins, making the skin look firmer. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% It has anti-aging effects, reduces pigmentation, helps fight acne, reduces facial redness and hydrates. It is well known that retinol causes irritation when you start using it, there are studies that suggest that if you use niacinamide before starting to use retinol you could avoid the chances of irritation since it increases the skin tolerance to this ingredient. This combination is also amazing for its anti-aging effects, niacinamide improves the effects of retinol by improving fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and skin texture. Apply niacinamide first if it comes in form of a serum or last if it comes in form of a cream. I highly recommend this combination for people who are going to start a retinol regimen and for those who already use this ingredient to enhance its anti-aging effects.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
About Mandelic acid
My go to is The Ordinary - Mandelic Acid 10% + HA Where it comes from: Mandelic acid is derived from bitter almonds. It’s an AHA that’s been mostly studied for use with acne. AHAs are natural and synthetic ingredients that provide skin care benefits ranging from exfoliation to increasing hydration and firmness. Benefits of Mandelic acid: -Gentle on skin: it is amazing for people with sensitive skin including myself. It won’t irritate or cause any redness to my skin. The reason that it doesn’t irritate is because it penetrates the skin at a slow rate making it very gentle on the skin. -Cell turnover: Mandelic acid accelerates cell turnover and functions as a powerful exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. For this reason, mandelic acid is found in some chemical peels. - Promotes collagen production: mandelic acid improves skin appearance because it promotes collagen production Uses for Mandelic acid: - acne: Skin oils, bacteria, dead skin cells, and inflammation can trigger acne. Using skin care products containing mandelic acid help regulate sebum production, unclog pores, and reduce inflammation. This can result in fewer acne breakouts - skin texture: The exfoliating action of mandelic acid removes dead skin cells, which may leave your skin firmer and smoother. -hyperpigmentation: Mandelic acid may also have some lightening properties for dark spots, such as those seen in melasma Overall, my skin went so bad and became dry because of a product I was using but when I added this to my routine it helped my skin recover so much so I can start testing out other products again
The Ordinary-Mandelic Acid 10% + HA
My First The Ordinary Product
$5.9 The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This is a water base serum which you can use in the morning as well as evening and also on a daily base. It is designed to be the great solution for oiliness and pores. I got this recommendation from my bff who has been suffering from acnes and dark spots for years. I can actually see her skin condition is getting better in the past two years. She is a big fan of ingredients after came to Canada. Honestly I have never heard of this brand before and hesitated of trying because of the pricing. After reading a lot of reviews online and visually see the changes on her I decided to give it a try. I first tried it 1 year ago when I had just suffered from 2 year terrible acne outbreak. One thing I really love about this brand is that it is vegan and cruelty-free. The ingredients are very pure with no alcohol silicone or fragrances. At first, I didn't use it very often. I started to use it more often when I ran out of my lancome night serum. After using the whole bottle, my skin was cleared. I still have a few acnes cus i know its more about my routine and lifestyle. But from the outside, my skin does get brighter. I’m really happy with the result at this point. Definitely recomand. The steps I’ve using in my skincare routine is that I would do a deep cleaning first. After that I would use a toner. Then go with this Niacinamide and then use a moisturizer on top. If you are a dry combination like me who love to play around with makeup and mostly wear makeup on a daily basis, make sure you do moisturize you skin along with this serum before putting makeup on. Another thing I want to point out is that if you have the same skin type like me, be aware that it can feel a bit drying. So I definitely recomand using eye cream especially under eye areas to prevent fine lines. All in all it is a great product and helps a lot with my acne. Beauty lovers should be clear about their skin type and how to use this product before making the purchase.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Fave or meh? The Ordinary
The Ordinary is a brand that offers products with active ingredients, in simple packaging and at low prices. If you like skincare, you probably already know this brand. Most of its formulas are simple and offer only one ingredient. I have tried some of their products, here is my opinion. The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA Is one of the mildest AHAs, which helps with fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture and dullness. Its a good option for glycolic acid, since lactic acid is softer. It leaves my skin soft and its not greasy. It is a good alternative to Sunday Riley's lactic acid. The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution It is an exfoliating peel to brighten, fights acne and even out skin tone. Its color is beautiful and many people have tried it. It works very well, you see subtle results from the first use, it leaves the skin glowy and clean. If you don't have sensitive skin, you should give it a try, maybe it will become your favorite peel. The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' It contains 5 different peptides to combat the first signs of aging. Leaves skin soft and fresh. I bought this product for my husband and we both liked, it has Matrixyl 300 and argirelox. I don’t use it daily, because my skin tends to be acne-prone and this serum is a little greasy. I didn’t buy it again because I have many creams and serums to try. I think that due to its ingredients it is a very good option for mature skin, it is also an economic product. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Control excess oil, fights acne, reduces hyperpigmentation, reduces facial redness and hydrates. It definitely helps control acne breakouts. It is an excellent alternative to combine with retinol and reduce its irritating effects. The Ordinary - Squalane Cleanser Gentle cleanser and makeup remover for all skin types. Has a cream texture that turns into oil when you rub it between your hands. I bought it for its low price and because it contains squalane and I don’t regret it. Leaves the skin clean, soft and fresh. I think it is a good brand, with affordable prices and good results.
Niacinamide & Buffet
The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% I have a friend who is very into the ingredients that come in make up. I on the other hand have never really paid too much attention on the ingredients and mainly went with what was popular or what my friends would recommend to me. One day, my friend recommended me to try products with the ingredient, Niacinamide, in it, because I was in the market for a product that could make my skin appear more white and this ingredient does the trick. After some research, I stumbled across The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% and Zinc 1%. I gave it a try and it has truly worked wonders for me. Out of curiosity, I looked up Niacinamide and according to multiple sources, the benefit of this ingredient is that it helps reduce blemishes on the skin and any signs of congestion. It also brightens skin tone. The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' Another product I tried that had an ingredient that worked great to keep my skin hydrated was The Ordinary’s Buffet. This product had hyaluronic acid in it which helps support hydration. This has really opened my eyes on how important it is to know and understand the ingredients in the products you buy. Not only could it give you a sense of how the product would work, it can also help you find and discover new products that you probably wouldn’t have stumbled across on your own. By searching for a certain ingredient, you will be able to see which products have that ingredient, and you can make a much more educated choice when it comes to deciding on which product to use.
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