The Ordinary Niacinamide Powder Reviewed
Ya'all know im a The Ordinary addict. And im a hoe for Niacinamide! So you would think that the the ordinary launching a new product plus it being Niacinamide would equal joyuss gushing of how im in love.. Unfortunately the 100% Niacinamide Powder will not being get a rose. In fact its getting asked to leave my skincare routine.
When I first got it, my first impressions weren't good. And they haven't improved. I've been really stuggeling to use this product. But first off.
How to use The Ordinary Niacinamide Powder
Like the 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder (vitamin c), the powder is meant to be mixed with your serum, oil, moisteriser or spf. Giving your product a niacinamide boost. I've been using it with the Buffet + Copper Peptides or my HA serums. Well I should say I've been trying to use it. Are here are the problems with The Ordinary Niacinamide Powder.
I don't get it. Why do a 100% Niacinamide Powder? I understand the reasoning behind the 100% l-ascorbic acid (vit c) powder. Ascorbic acid is known to be very unstable when exposed to light and water. So having it in a powder form means it doesn't go bad quickly and irritate the skin. But Niacinamide is very stable. Like really really stable. You can use it with most if not all actives. They also already have an AMAZING Niacinamide product!
Higher percentage isn't always better. Most studies on Niacinamide are on concentrations of 5%-10%, which is why you'll find this percentage in most Niacinamide products. There isn't that much information on the benefits of using it at a higher concentration. (although Paulas Choice just launched a 20% version..) So using a higher concentration of Niacinamide is a bit risky. So this means you should be only using a very small amount of the powder. Which bring me to my next problem.
The "spoon" is too big. If you use a full scoop of powder, it's not going to dissolve fully and you end up with grit all over your face. That’s also a way to high a concentration of Niacinamide that I'm happy with on my face. The Ordinary recommend using a quarter of the scoop, so why not make a small one?? Also the scoop doesn't fit in the tub. When you put it in, you should be able to close the lid. I, of course have now lost the scoop.
It's too much effing effort. And this is coming for someone who is happy to do 20 steps in her skincare routine! I sort of get where The Ordinary was coming from with this product. I think they were trying to target the skincare ingredient obsessives (like me) who enjoy putting together crazy complicated routines Maybe they also wanted to capitalise on the Niacinamide popularity?
As always the price point at €5.80 is incredible and it would last for ages but if it comes down to The Ordinary Niacinamide powder vs serum, I'm always always going to go for the serum! I'll continue to use but I don't think it will be very often.
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