Review: Deceim The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

26 June 2017

Today's review is a product from The Ordinary. This is the newest brand from Deciem (the parent company) with the aim of skincare that works at an affordable price. They took the beauty world by storm by offering treatments that typically cost a fortune from other brands at a fair price point. The simple deal with the products in The Ordinary’s range is that they are products that contain one or two key active ingredients that you can combine with others from their range to create the most effective skincare routine for yourself. By using the most concentrated form of an ingredient you should theoretically see results quicker. The aim to show that skincare doesn’t have to be expensive and that a lot of what we pay for with other brands is packaging, marketing and branding. The products in the The Ordinary brand range between £5 and £10 (aside from Buffet which is about £12) and can be bought through their online store or other online retailers. 

I will be reviewing the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% which is described as a ‘high-strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula.’ I purchased this back in December along with The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension (we may have a review on this), I used it here and there when I got it but I didn’t start consistently using it until the end of March and I finished the bottle 11 days into June.

So, what is Niacinamide and what does it do? I had no idea what Niacinamide was until I was browsing The Ordinary’s website, I looked at a lot of things and in the end this really stood out to me, I hadn’t heard this ingredient before (then again I haven’t heard about most of the ingredients on their website) but it seemed to target the concerns I had. Niacinamide is vitamin B3 and an antioxidant and the product from The Ordinary includes a high concentration of this and zinc to help with congested skin and blemishes. The Niacinamide helps to balance your skin so it’s meant to be great if you have oily skin, it also works to strengthen your skin by reducing the water loss. Studies show that niacinamide can help with hyperpigmentation and improve the skin's elasticity, helping with fine lines and wrinkles. Niacinamide is a lot in Korean skincare. 

Zinc is also an antioxidant and it’s in one of my favourite skincare products – Serozinc by La Roche Pozay. Zinc helps to sooth your skin and that’s why it’s great for blemish prone skin. Being an antioxidant, it protects your skin from environmental damage and generally just make your skin more healthy and balanced. 

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is designed for:

  • Congested skin and reducing pores 
  • Evening out skin tone 
  • Reducing sebum production 
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Anti-aging and acne 

The ingredients list is so short I thought I’d include it for reference: 
Aqua (Water), Niacinamide, Pentylene Glycol, Zinc PCA, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Xanthan Gum, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

So how did I find the product? As I mentioned above I used it on and off in January until the end of March. After that I decided to give it a proper shot and had my whole recording system down in my bullet journal, so I could see when I was using it. I would use it every day but have one evening off and I mostly stuck to that. 

The instructions state that you should apply this morning and evening but I only applied this in the morning. I actually hate added steps in my skincare in the morning, I have 4 products I use (although I have recently introduced a new one that you’ll hear about soon) and I don’t like messing with it. So I only used this in the evening. The other reason for this is that this product piles up so I wouldn’t have even wanted to use it during the way. No matter how much I seemed to use I would still end up with little clumps somewhere because it decided to bunch up, it wasn’t that much of an issue but definitely not a great thing.

The product has no smell which is perfectly fine by me. It comes in a simple bottle with a pipette and you just squeeze a couple of drops out and apply it straight to your face. When you’re nearing the end of the bottle you will have to pour the product directly into your hands as the pipette doesn’t reach down far enough. You get 30ml with this product lasted me about 6 months but that’s factoring the fact that in the beginning, I didn’t use it much AND that I didn’t use it day and night.

Results for this were meh, I just didn’t feel like it made a significant difference to my skin. At one point I did think it was helping with my pores but after a month or so nope, they were right back to being crap. I would also find if I didn’t use this for two days my pores were really bad, so maybe it did help to some extent but it wasn’t ground-breaking. After doing some more digging about The Ordinary and the products I learned that you’re supposed to essentially buy a couple of products and cocktail them together to create the perfect regime for yourself. I think I had I known this and used it with two other products I might have gotten some great results. Occasionally I used it with Vitamin C suspension I purchased but I really haven’t been consistent with the Vitamin C. Overall I’m not impressed with the results of this, but I would purchase it again to try it with other products. Considering the costs of these are all under £10 buy three would still be less than buying into some of these expensive brands that contain the active ingredient. I wouldn’t say run out and buy this though as I think there are other products from The Ordinary that you can try, that address these concerns.

I have actually purchased two other products from The Ordinary after some more research and I started using these at the beginning of June. Now that I know these things are meant to work in conjunction with each other, I’m trying it out. The two I purchased are Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA (helps with dark spots and hyperpigmentation) and Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% (for brightening the skin and targeting signs of ageing). I’m also interested in getting the “Buffet” which is marketed as multi-technology peptide serum. 

Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? I would love to know what people think of their products!

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Kilmainham Gaol - Dublin, Ireland

19 June 2017

So as I mentioned in my last post I visited the Kilmainham Goal on my birthday. I love doing cultural things on my birthday (last year I spent it in the Natural History Museum in NY), so I decided the Goal in Dublin would really interesting (spoiler it was). 

Kilmainham Gaol is now a museum but it was a former prison until 1924. The tour covers the political history of the prison and Ireland and also touches on how it was built and restored. The prison played a large part in Irish history, holding a lot of the leaders Irish Republic and even one of Ireland's presidents. The prison also used to perform hanging which took place at the front of the prison, they also carried out executions. We ended our tour in the yard where they have marked out graves for four Republican prisoners, who were shot in that yard. It was a really sombre moment when our tour guide said this and then said it was the end of the tour. The history behind this place is fascinating though and as you wander around it, you can't help but think about how awful it would have been to stay here but also how cold it would have been. I felt that walking these ground you couldn't help but feel how sad life was within these walls. There were, of course, people who were treated quite well in this prison but all of that is spoken about on the tour!

Just before the tour began!

A birthday trip to Dublin!

12 June 2017

Last month I celebrated my 26th birthday in Dublin. Dublin is one of my favourite cities - Irish people are so friendly and the Temple Bar area is just great for talking to random people (Irish and not) and having a lovely time. Having been there before, I have seen most of the sites Dublin has to offer, but I did make a trip to Kilmainham Gaol (on my birthday of all days) and pictures of that will be up in my next post.

Snapshots - London

22 May 2017

A couple of weekends ago in Carnaby Street, Kingly Court and Soho. I have loved playing around with Lightroom to edit these photos and I've decided to share my favourites.

Review: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser

15 May 2017

I don’t tend to post about a skincare product unless I’ve tested it for more than 8 weeks, but I had to make an exception for this newest product because it acted so quickly, that I have to share it with you all. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser - £12.99 for 50ml

So over a month ago, I was suffering with some very dry skin, it was mainly around my nose, my mouth and particularly troublesome area – my left eyebrow. Nothing I had in my arsenal was working and for some reason I remembered that when this Neutrogena range came out it was heavily focused on hydrating and boosting the skin. So I managed to pick it up in the beginning of April and no joke, it cleared up those dry patches in a matter of days! Honestly, I was rejoicing because dry patches are an absolute drag, they are so noticeable on your skin and when you put foundation on it, it only seems to cling onto the dry patches!

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