Whenever Deciem’s The Ordinary releases a new product, people tend to start buzzing—and the latest addition to their affordable range of serums, moisturizers and oils, 100% Niacinamide Powder, is no different.
If you’re already a fan of the brand you probably have a bottle of their popular Nicacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% sitting on your bathroom sink. This new powder format, however, is one for both anyone who’s skin reacts adversely to zinc, and beauty pros who appreciate being able to personalize their skin care regime, and tackle two skin concerns at once.
If you need a bit of a lesson on what niacinamide actually is, it’s a form of vitamin B3 that’s touted to help manage acne, rosacea, pigmentation issues and wrinkles—basically, it’s loved by dermatologists and a darling of the beauty world right now. It also happens to be water-soluble, which is where The Ordinary’s new powder comes in.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new Niacinamide Powder.
WHAT DOES NIACINAMIDE POWDER DO?
Niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3) is an active ingredient that has multiple benefits for skin, ranging from balancing sebum and strengthening the skin barrier through to targeting enlarged pores, irregular skin texture, and excessive shine.
HOW TO USE THE ORDINARY 100% NIACINAMIDE POWDER
Using the spoon provided, mix a quarter of a scoop of powder with a water-based treatment in the palm of your hand (it needs the water to dissolve). Once the powder has fully dissolved, apply to your face. The powder can be used in the morning and/or evening, and should be applied after cleaning and before moisturizing.
To use the powder, all you need to do is blend a scoop of it in your hand with your chosen product, then apply to your skin as usual—no layering of multiple serums and creams necessary.
5 BEST PRODUCTS TO MIX WITH NIACINAMIDE POWDER:
In its truest form, Niacinamide is readily water-soluble and dissolves in water-based products, such as serums and creams, with ease. The Ordinary’s 100% Niacinamide Powder can be mixed into any non-conflicting, water-based treatment, provided that the pH of the base is between 5.1 and 7.0. When it comes to the choice of a water-based base to mix with this formula, there are several options available within The Ordinary brand:
- Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
- Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
- “Buffet” + Copper Peptides 1%
- Matrixyl 10% + HA
- Argireline Solution 10%
Niacinamide has a neutral pH of between 5 and 7, sitting in the middle of the acidic and alkaline portions of the pH scale.
DOES IT HAVE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS?
There’s a few ingredients you definitely shouldn’t mix niacinamide with, including vitamin C derivatives, direct acids like AHA chemical exfoliants, oil-based products, cleaning products and retinol. The Niacinamide Powder should never be used with a product that has a non-water-based formula or a pH below 5 or above 7. Especially, it should never be combined with a vitamin C or direct acid (such as AHAs, BHAs, and PHAs). If these ingredients are part of your routine, they should be applied at different times of day (e.g. niacinamide in the morning, and vitamin C or direct acids in the evening).