#1empty1newbie | Niacinamide-rich serum / booster / essence -
Niacinamide (Vit B3) is indicated to regulate cell turnover, reduce appearance of skin blemishes & congestion (already enough reasons for me to love it), as well as dramatically improve uneven skin tone, fade hyperpigmentation, reduce appearance of fine lines/wrinkles, strengthen skin barrier, refine appearance of pore size & skin texture. I already use products that have contain it but I wanted a serum w/ high concentration of this fabulous ingredient:
#deciem Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% by The Ordinary - bought it in the hope of finding a cheaper alternative to #paulaschoice RESIST 10% Niacinamide Booster. Both are water-based & contain 10% niacinamide but TO serum also contains 1% zinc salt of pyrrolidone carboxylic acid (Zinc PCA), which can can reduce the look of blemishes & balance sebum activity (similarly to Serozinc) and is very affordable. After using TO for some months (ps: bottle is not empty but I’ll give the 10% left to a friend that wants to test it), I was not impressed by its performance. It did not always layer well w/ other skincare 😐and I did not see the same amazing results I got w/ PC booster (probably because PC booster contains a long list of anti-oxidants that complements niacinamide’s action + soothing agents to minimize irritation).
#stratia Rewind * - watery essence that contains 2-Dimethylamino Ethanol (DMAE - reduces appearance of lines & fine wrinkles), great plant extracts (licorice root, Centella asiatica and tamarind seed - powerful antioxidant abilities & help fade dark spots), 5% niacinamide (hello my old friend!), hydrolyzed rice protein, N-Acetyl Glucosamine, Sodium Hyaluronate, etc. It's fragrance-free, sinks in secs & layers beautifully w/ other skincare. However, after using it for 4 days, I got 3 breakouts in my cheeks (not a common for me; my breakouts are always around jaw line - hormonal acne). I blame my diet during my 5-day trip before I starting using Rewind. My skin healed fast (than you, CAIS!) and I’ll try Rewind again and cross my fingers because I love the texture, the ingredients & the price ($16) 😮👍
* gifted by the brand