The Ordinary Niacinamide Review 2017 Zine acne affordable skincare deciem

Another week, another skincare product review. This time it's The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. This brand, a sister brand to Deciem, has caused quite some excitement in the beauty/skincare world by taking ingredients, like Niacinamide, that are no longer the 'it' thing and making it more cost friendly, thus making it, the packaging and price, ordinary. As a brand they aim to provide cost friendly skincare, I do not think I've seen many products in the range priced above £12. You can order from various sites across the web, Deciem's website, ASOS etc. What's also great is that every single product in the range has a targeted list of ingredients for certain skin concerns. I've been wanting to get my hands on this particular product for a while, here's why...

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that in most skincare related posts I talk about how my skin can be spot prone. Now we're not talking all over the face, sore cystic breakouts that I know others have, but there's always smaller, frequent breakouts on particular parts of my face, my chin and jaw especially. I also know that nine times out of ten these are related to either hormone's or are food related (too much dairy is a problem for me). That being said, I'm always on the look out for products to add to my routine to help combat this problem, and other concerns that spot prone skin brings, for example, redness, uneven skin tone, larger pores, and oily areas of the face. 

The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%  is honestly the first serum I've used that targets all these concerns. Niacinamide is Vitamin B3, which has been scientifically proven to help reduce the appearance of blemishes, skin congestion along with helping reduce hyperpigmentation and with the added zinc, the serum aims to balance out excess sebum production. I did not buy this serum thinking I'll use it a few times and my skin would be beautifully clear and even, in fact, having done the research I did before buying this, I knew it was not a treatment for acne, they even state so on their website. The brand suggests using this serum as part of a brightening routine, or alongside other acne treatments for added skin benefits.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Review 2017 Zine acne affordable skincare deciem

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% contains - Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan Gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. It is alcohol, oil, nut, silicone and cruelty-free.  

Following the instructions on the box, it suggests applying morning and evening to the entire face before applying heavier creams on top. For me, I've only been using this as part of my evening skincare routine as it can be a little hit and miss with how much you apply. I've found that if I apply too much, then add an SPF, a moisturiser and then do my make-up it doesn't layer well - but that may just be me? 

Overall though, the results have been pretty impressive for the three weeks I've been using this. I've found that the appearance of my skin looks clearer and feels smoother. There's been less redness in areas with breakouts and I've found I look a little less 'oily'. Any breakout's I have had have been less aggressive and have cleared faster. This serum has been a really great addition to my skincare routine and for £5 I can't complain at all at the improving results it's having on my skin. 

Have you tried any products from The Ordinary or Deciem? Let me know in the comments. 

V xx