The Ordinary – Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (great!)

The Ordinary - Niacinamide & Zinc
When The Ordinary burst onto the scene in 2016, they released a range of products that brought beauty to the masses by making it wallet-friendly. I think this niacinamide formula was in an earlier lineup.
While the marketing model for The Ordinary is great, it can be confusing for those who are either new or not 100% with the latest skin trends or formulas. However, they do an excellent job of explaining what each product does and how it may be of benefit to you.

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 and is one of those all-star products which have received a lot of press. The claims for this chemical are vast and wide, some of the benefits with continued use include:

  • Maintaining the barrier function of the skin
  • Anti-inflammatory 
  • Reduction in the appearance of pores
  • Oil regulation
  • Some protection from sun damage (not a replacement for sunscreen!)
  • Lightening hyperpigmentation
  • Can help with acne
  • Antioxidant 

So realistically, what is not to love about this miracle ingredient?

This particular formula includes zinc, which can promote healing and regulate visible oil production. Again this should help with acne. 

I started using this product when I first started to be interested in skincare, The Ordinary seemed like a good place to start. You can find this in The Ordinary’s example regimen guide for hyperpigmentation and congestion. Just from the initial claims of niacinamide (above), this formula should make this a perfect starting point with dealing with a range of skincare issues.

The Ordinary’s Niacinamide with Zinc product claims

This product has been formulated to help with congestion, skin brightening, and oil production. In my experience, this serum seemed to manage quite well. I particularly like the fact that this serum does not absorb too quickly and leaves a nice ‘wet edge’ when applying the next stage of your skincare routine.

This product is a simple serum that can be combined with other actives to deliver a range of different results.

There has been some conversation about using niacinamide and vitamin c, with some studies suggesting that the two should not be mixed together. On the Ordinary’s website, they highlight that they should not be used at the same time, and if you want to use both this serum should be used in the morning and vitamin c at night.

There are thousands of articles on research on mixing of these two chemicals. However, you may wish to take a pinch of salt as the research is sometimes conducted in circumstances that do not reflect real-life.

My final thoughts

This product is a lovely serum to use, but I will say this is not an immediately elegant formula. By elegant, it has quite a thick consistency and is not so readily absorbed by the skin when comparing to other serums I have used. But for the price, it is worth giving a go to see if this works for you. 

This formula is suited to the oiler types that suffer from breakouts. I found it helped as a key base item in my routine. 

I found this product quite hydrating, so I wonder if those on the drier side would benefit from this?

At the time of writing, you could buy this product for £5.00 for a 30ml bottle ( Deciem (the parent company of The Ordinary) has just launched a 60ml bottle for £6.90.


Four and a half star rating

I would repurchase this, but I would be interested in trying other formulas of niacinamide, e.g. Paulas Choice Niacinamide Booster. I think I am curious to see how the formula consistency differs as well as how they are formulated.

If you are interested in reading reviews I have written about other serums that I have tried, please click here.

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