too drying and thick?
hello everyone! sorry for not posting but school has been super busy. here is my long-awaited 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 on the ordinary’s niacinamide and zinc serum! get ready for a very long and in-depth review... 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐞: normal-dry, leaning more towards normal, and an oily-ish nose. 𝐩𝐫𝗼𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐝: i use the cerave hydrating facial cleanser in the mornings and with the purito from green cleansing oil at night. look at my profile for reviews on those! i use their hyaluronic acid (review on that up as well!) and this product right after. i use one drop on my forehead and each cheek 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝗼𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐧𝐢𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐚𝗺𝐢𝐝𝐞 10% 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐜 1% ★★★☆☆ i’ve been using this for a few months now (it’s almost gone) so i’ve got a good idea how this product works. let’s break it down a bit more: 𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝗼𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰: i would be surprised if you didn’t know the ingredient niacinamide! niacinamide is one of the derivatives of vitamin B3, and is commonly dubbed the “unicorn of skincare”. niacinamide can help with many things like controlling oiliness, lightening dark spots, soothing redness and sensitivity, strengthening the skin barrier and more! niacinamide is commonly formulated with zinc, since zinc is anti-bacterial and soothing so it helps with acne. 𝐟𝗼𝐫𝗺𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝗼𝐧: this serum is formulated with 10% niacinamide and 1% zinc. tests on niacinamide have shown that 2-5% is just as effective, so 10% may not be fit for everyone! i’ve seen a few people on the SCJ platform have reactions to this serum. 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝗺𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝗼𝐧𝐬: i was superr pumped for this serum because of hyram and other skinfluencers! it’s a pretty thick, gel like consistency with a few white flecks in there. for some reason, my cap didn’t screw on properly? 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝗼𝐧: the first time i applied this to my skin, i put a total of like 7 drops so it felt super thick and it took a really long time to absorb! it also started foaming which can happen. i found this serum sort of drying (like witch hazel?) since i do have normal-dry skin, but this would definitely be a holy grail for oily skin! 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐭: this is the only niacinamide serum i have ever had and it was decent. it’s definitely worth to try if you have oily skin since it is so affordable! it’s definitely not the best for me so i will not be repurchasing. if you’re like me, try the TIL one or good molecules! wait, hold on, i see you exiting this post! i have a few tips to reduce foaming! keep reading :) 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬: my biggest tip is to not put too much! you will need a max of 3 drops! honestly there’s barely anything you can do about foaming, just massage slower! sometimes it happens with me and sometimes it doesn’t :/ look for more reviews on products soon! please check the ordinary’s website for more info on this product specifically! cheer if you liked it and follow for more reviews! feel free to comment your experience or any questions :)
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Sep. 28, 2020
lex_luthorI also struggle with the gel-like consistency of this product. It gets sticky and tacky on me and balls up and sloughs off. I wanted to like this product so badly because of the exact reason you stated - it’s so well-loved! Maybe I’ll try to reincorporate in to my routine at some point, but am content to stay away for now!
Oct. 8, 2020·3 likes
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My skincare journey
The 1st 2 photos were from summer of 2020 & the 3rd photo was taken today. I’ve come such a long way with my skincare journey and I am honestly so proud of myself. The pandemic has been so tough for everyone especially on their mental health. I am usually very quiet about my mental health issues but I had to speak up about it and how it affected everything in my life. Staying cooped up at home every day took a toll on my mental health all together & it hit an all time low when I was sexually assaulted last yr in May. I let myself go and lost control of everything such as my sleep, skincare, diet & social life. It got to a point where I started losing clumps of my hair in the shower & I want everyone out there to know that it gets better. Im nowhere close to feeling my best but looking back, I’ve made such a huge difference. My skin got so bad to a point where I hated seeing people and applying makeup just made it worse and cakey. I researched a bunch of products & used everything on my face at the same time which caused my skin to react poorly and flare up. It was red & covered in pimples & whiteheads. At this point I believed that, okay I do not feel beautiful and compared myself to every other woman. Its so important to know that a few pimples or marks doesn’t make you any less beautiful. Everyone’s journey is so different and patience and time can fix it. I can explain and link the products I used, Retinol THE inkey LIST - Retinol Serum So I initially used this every single night along with Niacinamide and oh man, I wish I hadn’t. I didn’t know that you were supposed to build tolerance to it. So I started using it once a week & then slowly switched to using it every other day. My skin actually started feeling a bit better. Niacinamide The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% So I read a couple of articles about WOC talking about how this product didn’t exactly suit their skin & once I started using it I noticed it never really made any difference to my skin & found it to sting a little. I still want to give it a chance so I use a tiny bit & I noticed there’s no stinging. So I might’ve been using too much for it to do that. Facial cleanser CeraVe - Foaming Facial Cleanser For Normal To Oily Skin I switched from cetaphil to CeraVe and I am so happy that I did. Whats weird is this cleanser made me realize that I don’t have oily skin (I’m not sure how this happened but if anyone knows, please help me out here) Moisturizer LANEIGE - Water Bank Moisture Cream Okay so I know a lot of people might not be too happy with this product since it contains fragrance but after trying so many different types of moisturizers, this is the only one that really made a difference on my skin 🥺 I am not trying to get you to buy these products. These are just things that worked for me and it took a lot of time. Listen to your skin & do what works best for you. You are so so beautiful 💕
Suggestions help?? 🥲
I’m still having trouble with my acne, at first it was clearing up then all of sudden it keeps getting worse, any recommendations will help ! 😣 Cetaphil - Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser epielle - Black Charcoal Peel-Off Mask The Ordinary - AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Sometimes I would use .. The Ordinary - Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% but if I don’t I would skip it and use .. The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
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
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)
The Ordinary-Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Vitamin C & Alpha Arbutin to Treat Dark Spots
🍊I’m slowly making my way through The Ordinary’s Vitamin C products. I love love love TO’s alpha arbutin so the fact that it’s mixed with vitamin C, it’s close to being the perfect product. This product is 8% Ascorbic acid and 2% alpha arbutin. It’s water free which allows for the vitamin C & alpha arbutin to be stable (they’re unstable in water). To get technical, this means it’s an anhydrous solution :) The Ordinary - Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2% This is classified as a serum but does have an oily feel once applied to the skin (it IS oil-free). It takes maybe 10-15 seconds for it to absorb into the skin. It also has a scent to it which almost smells metallic to me? The Ingredients: Ascorbic acid: brightens the skin; helps with fine lines and other signs of aging Alpha arbutin: helps reduce the look of hyperpigmentation. With that being said, this product is ideal for anyone who is looking to: reduce dark spots, reduce fine lines & wrinkles, treat acne/blemish marks, provide an overall brightness to the skin This can be used in the AM or PM. While I didn’t notice any tingling or irritation, be sure to spot test — especially if you’re new to vitamin C. This product has a “moderate potency” according to Deciem :) Also, thanks to this product, I have noticed a change in some scarring on my leg from a pesky ingrown hair. With this product, less is more, especially since it has an oily feel to it. If your skin is oily, this may not be the best vitamin C to try; however, I think this is great if you have dry skin! Recommend this 100%. Retails for $10 CAD. PS Don’t forget to wear sunscreen when using vitamin C products 🧴☀️😎
The Ordinary-Ascorbic Acid 8% + Alpha Arbutin 2%
Amazing Yet Underrated: Azelaic Acid Suspension
Alright, let’s be honest; I feel like a majority of people that are into skincare know about the Ordinary. It is a brand that has been getting a lot of exposure lately because of its affordable prices with great quality products. Their serums (niacinamide, hyaluronic acid) are one of the most popular products from the line. Although I own and love these serums, there is a product that I came across and bought that has helped my skin tremendously over the past few months. This product is the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%; it is defined as a “multifunctional brightening formula.” This suspension is so well rounded and can treat various skin concerns. Azelaic acid is an antioxidant that helps with dark spots, pores, and redness; and although I don’t suffer from acne, I heard that this ingredient helps a lot with the healing process of acne scarring. Lastly, it’s super lightweight and makes my skin feel very soft! Even though this product is great for all skin types, I would do a skin patch test if you have sensitive skin (considering the fact that it is a direct acid). If your skin does not react well to the suspension, it could lead to skin irritation so be careful. But aside from that, I think that the Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% can benefit anyone and it’s only about 8 dollars! I use it only at night, but it’s gentle enough to be applied twice a day daily. Just make sure to put on your sunscreen in the daytime :)
The Ordinary-Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Works good on dark spots
I often get dark spots from my acne and this does work to fade them away. It also is very smooth and makes you skin feel really soft. It's a runny product, I suggest a good shake before using and do not over use. I used it mainly at night and it was fine. Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant that brightens the skin tone and reduces the appearance of signs of aging. This product is a water-free suspension of 23% L-Ascorbic Acid powder.
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.
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