A couple of months ago I happened to stumble across a brand new skincare range that catered to my needs and of course was in my price range, The Ordinary. I'd probably have to say that when it comes to skincare for me I'd choose it over makeup products any day! Why? Well because let's be real here, what's a good makeup look without a flawless base underneath? Am I right? Maybe.. who knows but let's just agree to disagree!
The founder of The Ordinary, Brandon Truaxe created this affordable skincare range because other competitors disguise commodity innovation for ingenuity through creative use of their packaging, pricing and advertising and for Brandon to keep his prices down in his new range he decided to take everything from other brands and break it down to its simplest form but making sure the quality of his products are well and truly worth it! Prices on the website range from £3.90 to £15 which is amazing if I do say so myself! But... in true words of Queen Missy Elliot, is it worth it? Let me work it!
I have been struggling with acne scarring my whole life... ugh a bit too dramatic I know but it feels like forever since I had flawless skin! (oh to be a young child that hasn't gone through puberty). I also have hyper pigmentation but my acne scarring bothers me more! Anyway I have been doing some research and read that Niacinamide and Alpha Arbutin are supposed to be exceptionally good for brightening/lightening the skin. I'm not even going to lie I even looked into hydroquinone but oh golly gosh I'd rather have my scars/hyper pigmentation than accidentally damage my skin AND liver etc (YES liver!) from the use of hydroquinone. It's not even that I want to lighten my skin, I love my complexion because God made me the way I am and I respect him for that, but it would be nice if I could just remove the scarring/hyper pigmentation so I could enjoy my makeup free days a little bit more you know!?! ...I'm blabbering on with myself, I'm sorry (not really sorry though am I!?!;)) but anyway let's give you guys a little more insight into Niacinamide and Alpha Arbutin.
"The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%: High-strength Vitamin and Mineral blemish formula by Deciem.
Niacinamide, Vitamin B3, is indicated to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and congestion. A high 10% concentration of this vitamin is supported in the formula by zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid to balance visible aspects of sebum activity."
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), 10% Niacinamide, 1% Zinc PCA, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Carrageenan, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
"The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA: Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA is a concentrated serum with purified Alpha Arbutin and Hyaluronic Acid for hyperpigmented skin by Deciem.
Alpha Arbutin visibly improves skin prone to spots and hyper-pigmentation. Alpha Arbutin is used at a high 2% concentration versus a standard concentration of 1% and supported with a next-generation form of Hyaluronic Acid for enhanced delivery. Alpha Arbutin is much stronger in effect than Arbutin or Beta Arbutin."
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Zinc PCA, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Carrageenan, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
The Ordinary products sell out tremendously fast so I was unfortunate to only snag the Niacinamide but not the Alpha Arbutin which yes, I legit cried my eyes out because I wanted the Alpha more than the Niacinamide, but hey! At least I managed to get one instead of none!
My overall thought on Niacinamide:
I don't hate it, but I don't love it either! I started noticing a difference in my texture and tone but then it lead to huge breakouts days after use! Maybe it's due to the high percentage of the formula and the use of castor oil in the ingredients or maybe I am just allergic to it! Niacinamide can be used both AM and PM, however I only used it in the mornings as my night time routine consists of homemade vitamin C serum (Niacinamide can affect integrity of pure-form Vitamin C) and my other night time products are very active so I don't want to load my skin with all sorts too much! It's such a shame for me that I breakout from this formula because it had so much potential. Please do not be put off by my initial thought on Niacinamide as every skin is different and what might not work on me, may actually work on you!!! So please let me know your thoughts on the Niacinamide serum from the Ordinary if you have tried it too!