I am always trying to streamline my skincare routine. I love trying new skincare treats, but honestly, how much rose oil can you slather on day after day before you see a difference? Do those seaweed peptides really do anything significant? And then there's the prescription retinol treatments that are the height of sterility and non-glamourousness... and on the other hand, you have beautiful, precious, lovely little bottles of mineral oil stuffed with parabens. WHAT are you supposed to DO with all of this?!
For the past year, I have followed Caroline Hirons' advice on how to reduce overall product inventory. A while back she mentioned that in her opinion, you really only "need" one or two cleansers, an acid or two, Vitamin A, B and C serums, a moisturizer and an SPF. (Caroline's breakdown here).
Now, to some people that still sounds like an insane amount of product. And I get that. But I don't mind having a lot of product if it all does what it says it will. I might go for three cleansers, I might go for the odd, random 'anti-aging' serum here and there, but basically, the above list sounds like the capsule skincare wardrobe I can handle.
And so, we come to further hemming and hawing. Where to spend and where to save? The same goes for me with clothing. I like cheap jeans and nice cashmere. I like Italian leather goods and t-shirts from the GAP... can this principle be applied to skincare?
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is the first B I have tried, while following the ABC principle. The Niacinamide, specifically, is the vitamin B part. Vitamin B has been shown to even and brighten skin tone. So if we're talking about basics, A is for wrinkles and spots, B is for evening out and pigmentation, and C is for evening out, pigmentation and elasticity. At least, that's my basic explanation of my rather basic understanding of these molecules.
I have not been able to find many specific vitamin B options on the market. if you go to Sephora.com and search 'vitamin B' or 'niacinamide' the list of products isn't all that impressive; especially when you start looking at active ingredient lists.
And so I decided to make this the first product I tried from The Ordinary range. Read more about the range from Caroline here.
I have to say, I really love this product. It's cheap, it reduced my spottiness and doesn't make my skin feel sensitive. But does it even my skin tone? Honestly, I can't tell. I will continue to use the product because my skin seems to look nicer for it, but whether or not it's actually giving me a brighter, more even complexion? The jury is out.
So maybe this should really be thought of as a zinc treatment more than a vitamin B option?The hunt for a good B continues...
Find The Ordinary here. The cost of trying is low, so it might be a good one to try.
Other notes: I have a friend who uses this as well. She has spotty, hormonal and very sensitive skin and finds this really works well for her spots without giving her any negative reactions.