The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
The Ordinary is known for making affordable, science-backed skincare formulas that actually work.
This serum features niacinamide, a skin-brightening ingredient proven to reduce redness, inflammation, and wrinkles. It can even help reduce hyperpigmentation from blemishes, and it’s safe on sensitive skin.
What is niacinamide and how does it work?
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is an effective and inexpensive skin-brightening serum…..
Niacinamide (also known as nicotinamide) is a topical form of niacin or vitamin B3 that’s often used in the treatment of rosacea or redness, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
it “…has the potential to act as an antioxidant, can improve epidermal barrier function, decrease skin hyperpigmentation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, decrease redness/blotchiness, decrease skin yellowness (sallowness), and improve skin elasticity.” And, while the exact mechanism for how niacinamide performs all of these functions isn’t 100% clear, the scientific evidence and double-blind trials back up multiple cosmetic brand statements about the effectiveness of the ingredient.
To get to the bottom of how and why this serum works so well, I spoke with Board Certified dermatologist Dr. Dendy Engelman. “Niacinamide is a great skincare ingredient because it is safe for all skin types, even aging, dry, and sensitive skin,” she said. Check, check, and check. “Niacinamide nourishes and calms redness and inflammation with no side effects. It has similar effects of retinol by strengthening the skin barrier, [and] fortifies [skin] from the get-go without sensitivity or irritation. It also acts as an antioxidant by limiting free radical damage.”
That’s a lot to unpack, but Dr. Engelman’s point is that for all-over anti-aging, skin-brightening, and inflammation-reducing power, turn to niacinamide. It’s basically a sensitive-skin alternative to retinol and retinoids, which are known to have harsh initial side effects like extreme dryness, irritation, and redness.
Dr. Engelman also notes that you want to get your niacinamide in a serum form, rather than a lotion to ensure better and more thorough absorption.