Our The Ordinary Niacinamide Powder Review.
I've been using the niacinamide powder once a day as a part of my night time skincare routine for around a month. And I have to say, I look forward to turning my bathroom into my own science lab each night.
My chosen product to mix it into? The La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum
As you can see in the pictures below, a rough 1/4 scoop measurement of powder dissolved into my serum pretty quickly and seamlessly. No grittiness, white specks or noticeable texture. Win.
Applying my hyaluronic acid serum to damp skin as I usually would, I didn't notice any difference in how the product absorbed into my skin, how it felt or any tackiness or stickiness, which is a good thing.
In terms of avoiding pilling when layering with the rest of your skincare and makeup routines, Kaka told me it's important to make sure the powder has fully dissolved into your base serum before applying. Also, allow adequate time between your steps to give it a chance to fully absorb (which we should be doing anyway) - I brush my teeth while I'm waiting.
I personally haven't experienced any irritation since using the powder. Niacinamide is a fairly safe ingredient, so even if you did overdo it with the powder, it's unlikely your skin would have a reaction. Not impossible, though, so always patch test before trying a new product.
All in all, the powder was truly undetectable and the result when mixed into my serum was glowy, juicy skin. Have I seen any significant improvement in oil production, pore appearance and general skin health? Not specifically, but my skin is looking great at the moment, which I could put down to a bunch of things.
Now, let's talk about the elephant in this article - the measuring scoop.
I'm not the only one wondering why the product doesn't come with a scoop that allows you to measure out the recommended amount. Maybe because such a scoop would literally be the size of half your pinky finger nail, and I would definitely lose it?
Honestly, I found the measuring out process to be easy enough, but I wouldn't say I was confident in my accuracy. The powder also has larger clumps like you'd find in a bag of sugar that made scooping product out just that bit more interesting.
The main thing is to be mindful you can't really know what percentage of niacinamide you're getting when using this product. But that's OK because Kaka says DECIEM took exaggerated usage into account when conducting their safety assessments. Given niacinamide is also such an inoffensive ingredient, there's no need to worry.
My verdict? If you're already using a niacinamide product and you love it, you don't need The Ordinary Niacinamide Powder. It's OK to really want it though, especially considering it'll cost you less than $10 to give it a try.
For those who haven't tried niacinamide before, want to reduce the number of serums they're layering in their skincare routine, or just want to have a bit of fun playing scientist with skincare, go for it!