NIACINAMIDE explained! $6 serums worth trying!
Try these $6 serums to reap the many benefits of niacinamide! Hey everyone! I’m sure you’ve heard and seen so much about 𝙉𝙄𝘼𝘾𝙄𝙉𝘼𝙈𝙄𝘿𝙀 lately. It seems like every new skincare product has it and the niacinamide serums are selling like crazy. 𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐝𝐞? Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3. It’s the latest trend in skincare, but has been used in skincare for a very long time. It has many benefits from helping acne, repairing skin, smoothing fine lines.. the list goes on. You can find it as it’s own serum or as a main ingredient along with other powerhouse ingredients. 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐬
locks in moisture; helps build a lipid barrier.
prevents environmental damage + protects from environmental stressors and pollution.
reduces inflammation; helps redness w/ acne and eczema.
regulates oil production.
rebuilds skin cells
protects against sun damage & skin cancer. ( you still need SPF)
helps hyperpigmentation (not to a vitamin c extent, but can help lighten spots a bit)
minimizes fine lines and wrinkles *yes plz*
helps acne! Overtime a decrease in breakouts.𝙂𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙣 2 𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙝𝙨 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙢𝙪𝙢 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙩 𝙨𝙚𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙨. 𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙞𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙥𝙚𝙙 𝙢𝙮 𝙨𝙠𝙞𝙣: I have incorporated Niacinamide into my skincare routine for the last 3 months and I have noticed + a decrease in breakouts. + less oily skin + huge change in my pores, way less visible around my nose and cheeks. + less eczema than usual for this time of the year for me. 𝘾𝙖𝙣 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙞𝙩? For the most part, yes... Some people do have a sensitivity to niacinamide and can break out from it. If you start to break out different than your normal while using it, I suggest taking it out of your routine to see if it is not a match for your skin. 𝘼𝙛𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙉𝙞𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙪𝙢𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙧𝙮: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Oct. 17, 2020
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Current Products I'm Using
I have oil/combo skin and been struggling with hormonal acne for a few years now which is mainly around my chin. I have noticed some positive changes but also some negative ones, for example I have more blackheads in areas besides my nose which I never had before. Here are the products I've been using lately. AM Routine I don't cleanse in the morning just splash water on my face and pat dry, then I apply PAULA'S CHOICE - Resist C15 Super Booster after I apply moisturizer e.l.f. - Holy Hydration! Face Cream - Fragrance Free then sunscreen Supergoop! - Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 With Sunflower Extract PM Routine During the day I don't wear much makeup just some mascara so I just use GARNIER - SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Water for my first cleanse, then I go in with PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore Normalizing Cleanser which I am just about out of so I will be using CeraVe - Salicylic Acid Facial Cleanserwhich I haven't tried before but decided to buy it because of all the hype! Than I apply my toner and depending on my skin at the time I will either use PAULA'S CHOICE - Pore-Reducing Toner or I'm from - Rice Toner I have just recently purchased and starting using The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% then I moisturizer with THE inkey LIST - Peptide Moisturizer I use PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator twice a weeks and PAULA'S CHOICE - 1% Retinol Treatment with Peptides + Vitamin C 3 times a week. My skin is still breaking out so I'm gonna try eliminating certain products to see if I can pin point what is causing the breakouts and blackheads. I recently purchased a cleansing brush and I'm gonna start by eliminating the Paulas choice BHA Exfoliator and start using the brush 2 or 3 times a week instead. If that's not the problem then I'm gonna try taking out the Vitamin C. If anyone has any advice or tips I am all ears!!!
My current products that I’m trying out. My least favorite is the ordinary hyaluronic acid serum, it’s sticky and I’m pretty sure it likes to rub off my skin. Not sure what the issue is with it. Also the creams like to rub off my skin as well. Any tips for this issue, is the product to heavy for me? Non of these leave me waking up with a glow or refreshed feeling, but I think they are helping my skin but I do wish I had a mask or something that I can use and wake up with some moisture.
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Mixing Lactic Acid with Niacinamide
Picking your Niacinamide: Choose products with at least four or five percent concentrations— which has been clinically proven to reduce pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and acne and at five percent was found to improve redness and sallowness. Things to know when mixing Niacinamide and Lactic Acids: When you mix them together, the niacinamide will raise the pH of the acid; the higher the pH, the less the skin absorbs and the less effective the products. Another problem with mixing niacinamide and acid is that it can cause redness and flushing. Not a welcoming outcome when you’re trying to beautify your skin So how do you properly layer Niacinamide and Lactic acids? 1. Apply them at different point of the day Niacinamide is non acidic and can be used with other non acidic serums and lotions with little waiting/ absorption time. Include this water based treatment before oil based serums in the morning when you’re less likely to have time to wait. When using lactic acids it is usually recommended that you wait 5-30 minutes for the product to absorb into the skin before applying other serums and lotions— maybe this routine will better suit for night time or when you have more time to unwind. 2. Apply them 30 minutes apart This way, each product have time to absorb into the skin, give your skin time to return to its normal pH and allow each product to work at its intended pH. When layering products, start with products with the lower pH (acids), allow 30 minutes and follow with your higher pH serums like niacinamide. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% This is a great beginners Niacinamide that will give you great results for little to no cost. I personally use this twice a day and I find it significantly reduces an inflammation and really help with my breakouts. Clean product: 🌱No Parabens 🌱No Alcohol 🌱No Sulfates 🌱No Nuts 🌱No Oils 🌱No Silicones 🐰 Cruelty Free 🐰 Vegan Other niacinamide favs: Glossier. - Super Pure Niacinamide + Zinc Serum GOOD MOLECULES - Niacinamide Serum Thank you! Be kind and stay beautiful.
Good molecules serums
Been using this bundle for a couple weeks and I have formed enough of a impression to review it. Hylauronic acid- so I don’t think I’m a hylauronic acid person, it makes my face produce more grease because it just looks weird during the day and at the end, but hey if you’re looking to try out hylauronic then this is definitely a good way to try it’s a great price point too! Like $8 I think around there. Overnight exfoliating treatment- now I love this one especially after I wear a mask for 8 hours it does make my skin smoother and a bit brighter but you can only use it 2-3x a week and I wear a mask so often I need to exfoliate everyday I use that mask or my skin breaks out. Definitely would love if I could use it more often during the week but this was amazing I did like it a lot, worked great and was only like $12. I liked this more then the farmacy honey glow exfoliator. Niacinamide serum- I barely noticed a difference using this. My pores looked the same, I did use it before I put a mask on for work and my acne went down a bit but not enough for me to consider using is all the time. Didn’t improve my texture or anything like that but if you’re looking to try out a niacinamide serum I recommend this one. Again super cheap and it’s better to try out things when they don’t cost a lot to see if you like it or not then buying a $50 one and finding out it doesn’t really do anything. Overall it was a good set- nice and cheap just didn’t work for my skin particularly
niacinamide- the ingredient for ALL skin types!
(note: what i am listing for what it has helped me with isnt what its helped me with personally, but what it can help anyone with. i dont have wrinkles, but this product can help others reduce their wrinkles.) first and foremost, i wanna say that just because this is for all skin types doesnt mean it works for everyone. everyones skin is different and everyone can have reactions to anything. but, this ingredient is able to help all skin types! its pretty unlikely you will have a bad reaction to it as well since its a form of an essential nutrient. niacinamide, also called nicotinamide, is a form of vitamin B-3, which is a necessary micronutrient. it has many benefits, and therefore can be used for all skin types. some of its benefits are as listed: it helps build keratin, a protein that keeps your skin firm. this can help with aging skin. it helps build a ceramide barrier, which can help retain moisture. retaining moisture is important for all skin, even oily! it helps fight inflammation it can minimize your pores it can help to regulate oil production it protects your skin from UV rays it can help treat dark spots and acne scars it can minimize wrinkles it can protect your skin from outside stressors such as toxins and sunlight it can treat acne so as you can see, this is one of the most versatile ingredients for all skin types!! its really amazing snd has worked wonders for my skin. i have been using this treatment: The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% it has helped control my oil and reduce my ance scars, as well as help prevent my acne (along with my other products). it has also helped to reduce my redness.
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
This diminished my dark spots
For years I had acne and I constantly picked my face so bad that it left scarring, dark spots and uneven skin tone. I've tried several different products, methods and regimens and nothing seemed to be working until I found the right regimen. I started using these products back in December and not only has it diminished my dark spots but it has made my face brighter, even and overall just healthier. I use the glow tonic after cleansing, the lactic acid , b oil then the suspension. I do however alternate with those products one day and the glowrecipe overnight mask on another day. If your having a hard time finding the right products for your issues don't get discouraged just try different methods and products until you find what's best for you, nothing happens overnight. Not only are these products great but you can't beat the unbelievably low prices.
The Ordinary-"B" Oil
All about BARRIER REPAIR!
My skin has been screaming at me for ages! It’ll just randomly start to act out for no reason and I couldn’t understand why! I tend to be extremely sensitive to a lot of things. And anytime i would have sensitivity I would desperately apply all sorts of things to try to “fix” the problem. But it would only make things worse. I don’t struggle with Acne, but my skin always has tiny bumps. This is NOT fungal acne. I’ve had fungal acne before. These bumps are caused by irritation due to a damaged moisture barrier. And here’s the thing about irritation...it’s annoying AF! And most times there’s nothing you can do to make it stop because half the time you can’t figure out what’s causing it! But I think I’ve cracked the code guys. Here’s what I did: 1 - Listen to your skin! Most times, our skin is trying to tell us how it feels about a product, but we ignore it. This will only hurt us in the long run. I tried to hop on The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution trend and it literally set my face on fire 🔥. But i kept trying to make it work. I would use it once a week and just push through the burn (like how you would do with a perm haha!) because it had such amazing reviews. This was the worst thing i ever did for my skin and I’m sure is what led to me destroying my moisture barrier. My skin was dull, irritated, and dry consistently until i stopped using it. While I’m sure it’s an amazing product, I have finally accepted that it is not for me and tossed it in the bin. 2 - Simplicity is m KEY If you have sensitivity-prone skin, it’s important to focus on products that are designed for just that. Read the ingredients list. Google ingredients. When restoring the barrier, it’s important to simplify your routine. 3 - Hydration! Hydration!! Hydration!!! usually when my skin is agitated, it’s usually because it’s not getting enough hydration. I switched to water based products like The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' and I immediately saw a difference in my skin. And I always seal everything in with an oil (The Ordinary - 100% Plant-Derived Squalane is my fave because it’s a light oil). It’s important to seal the hydration in because it’ll all evaporate out and your skin won’t see the benefits of hydration. 4 - Be Consistent This is so important. I remember when I picked the products I wanted to use. After a week, I wasn’t seeing much of a difference, so i was tempted to throw everything away and start afresh. I’m glad I didn’t! The average time to see results for a lot of highly effective skin care products is 8-22weeks. Good results take time and patience. I’m so happy with where my skin is now. It’s been a long time coming. But I can finally say that I’m locked into a routine that my skin loves. These are just a few things I did. But I would love to hear from you guys! What did you do to restore your moisture barrier?
So with all the hype about The Ordinary of course I HAD to try! My skin was good before , acne rarely, a tad oily and dry so combination and DULL DULL DULL ! Since I started this new skin care regime every picture looks like it’s filtered. I have had. SO MANY compliments that my skin is glowing. It what do I use? I mean I never had anyone compliment my SKIN before. Other assists , yes 😂, but not my skin. I think The Ordinary - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 has been a game changer. When I apply it I can literally see my skin plumping . I ALWAYS apply to DAMN skin . Then comes The Ordinary - "Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1% I’m unsure if this is doing everything but my skin seems to like it so I’m not gonna change it! Only reason I gave it 4 stars is bc of the way it leaves my skin feeling tacky . And lastly The Ordinary - Lactic Acid 10% + HA I apply at night only and I wake up every morning with beautiful glowing skin ! These 3 products have CHANGED skin care for me in only THREE WEEKS! I will update in another month ALSO if anyone can recommend something for dark circles or anything else that might be amazing that I’m missing out on. PLEASE COMMENT and let me know !
The Ordinary-"Buffet" + Copper Peptides 1%
Today’s favourite is The Ordinary‘s Retinol 1% in Squalane. The ingredients are pretty straightforward: Squalane, a few other oils, 1% retinol, tomato fruit extract, a preservative. Retinol is a form of vitamin A and one of the very few actives that has scientifically proven anti aging potential. There are other retinoids, some of which like adapalen or isotretinoin are considered pharmaceuticals. They are generally used as an acne treatment, isotretinoin is probably also the most effective anti aging topical there is (prescription only though, and for good reasons!) Retinol also helps with acne, thickens your skin and can even help with scars. Too good to be true? As with everything, there has to be a downside: Your skin has to get used to it and while it does you will either get very dry skin or your skin will purge and you’ll get extra pimply. It’s very important to start retinol slowly and with a low percentage. As I have used prescription retinoids for acne in the past, I decided to skip the lowest percentage The Ordinary offers (0.2%) and start with 0.5%. The first one and a half months were bad, so many new pimples. After the initial purging my skin got better fast. When I ran out of my 0.5 bottle I decided to try out 1%. It went smoothly and I‘m on my second bottle now. I use it two to three times a week and it works nicely. I rarely get spots and I like to think that my skin looks more even in general. Like all The Ordinary products, this one is really cheap, I personally also like the squalane base as it‘s pretty moisturising. Definitely a good retinol product for beginners. A few words of warning though: if you have very sensitive skin or skin issues like rosacea, retinol might not be for you. If you’re in your 20s you can wait, unless you have issues with acne and/or scarring (like me). And: Sunscreen is even more important while using Retinol!!
The Ordinary-Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane
$6.99 VS $5.90, Affordable Niacinamide Products Competition!!!
Today, let's compare two affordable niacinamide products. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%and THE inkey LIST - Niacinamide Oil Control Serum I have combo skin with enlarged pores. Niacinamide's main function is to brighten your skin, reduce dark spots and acne scars, control oil and maintain hydration, and improve enlarged pores. Price: both serums are about 30ml, prices are also similar-The Ordianry $5.90 VS. The Inkey List $6.99 Texture: Very similar. Both serums look like liquid glue. But they are pretty light, easy to spread out. It feels a little bit sticky but can be absorbed easily. The Ordinary's serum is more sticky than Inkey's. Ingredient: The Ordinary includes 1% Zinc. And it is oil-free. Zinc is good for pimples and oil control. InkeyList has 1% Hyaluronic acid. It also has Squalane. This formula ensures hydration for people with dry skin. Effects: After using both serums, my skin looks brighter and more even. I can also see my enlarged pores getting better if I look closely into my skin. However, I do feel differently when I am using these two products-my skin feels more comfortable and hydrated when using Inkey. Overall, both niacinamide serums are pretty good, especially at this price level. Inkey is good for combo-dry skin, and The Ordinary works better for oily skin. But both serums have a high concentration of niacinamide. ⚠⚠⚠If you have sensitive skin, be cautious! Build up your tolerance before you use them! What’s your favorite niacinamide product? I’d love to hear 😊😊
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
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