If I Hadn't Tried This $6 Acne- and Wrinkle-Fighting Serum Myself, I'd Think It's Too Good to Be True
Admittedly, I am a lazy human when it comes to my skincare routine. When I find something that works for me, I tend to stick to it rather than venture around. This is helpful in terms of my wallet, but sometimes I feel left out when new cult-faves arrive on the scene. There's perhaps no better example of this than with The Ordinary.
Even though I was intrigued by the Canadian brand's ability to break down skincare ingredients in a way that felt approachable and informative at a budget-friendly price, it took me some time to give it a go myself. Years later, as The Ordinary's all but revolutionized the world of skincare thanks to its DIY skincare chemist approach, I've found ago-to in its Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum.
As usual, it took the search for a solution to a problem rather than just sheer curiosity for me to make the switch. When a facial serum I'd been using stopped controlling my hormonal breakouts overnight and instead began to dry out my skin which caused more oil production, I knew I had to try something new. Inspired by reviews from my expert beauty colleagues and a journey down a Reddit skincare rabbit hole, I decided it was time to dive into the world of The Ordinary.
Since the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum brings together two heavy-hitter active ingredients with a price tag of just $6, something in me felt like it would be too good to be true. But after just one week of applying just a few drops of the lightweight formula in both the morning and evening, my skin looked drastically brighter, clearer, and just felt… good.
The serum's formula may sound like something from a science fair, but it's actually quite simple. Niacinamide is another name for vitamin B3, which is known to be effective in treating acne, reducing redness, and aiding in reversing signs of aging. Since zinc works to keep excess sebum activity at bay, the combination clears pores, brightens dark spots, and helps maintain a more youthful complexion.
My pores are clearer and less visible since I began incorporating the magical little serum into my routine and the side of my face where I usually have hormonal breakouts hasn't been an issue since. And better yet, I've noticed the fine lines on my forehead have noticeably lessened. But it's not just me who's found a skincare favorite in The Ordinary's Niacinamide and Zinc pairing: It's amassed more than 2,000 glowing reviews left by Sephora shoppers who've added it to their own regimens.
It may have taken me a few years to give the brand a try, but this multitasking staple from The Ordinary will hold a spot in my paired-down skincare cabinet from now on. Head to Sephora to get it for $6.
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