Five Niacinamide Serums under review.

Niacinamide Serums Reviewed

Niacinamide is an essential ingredient for skin health.

There are so many reasons why you should keep it front and centre in your bathroom cabinet. Of course, many brands are offering a version, and I often get asked which one is best. So, today I’m reviewing five brands giving us a good dose of Niacinamide.

But first, why Niacinamide?

Maybe this is the first time you’ve heard of Niacinamide, and wondering why do you need it? Or, put another way? Should you spend your money on this ingredient and add it to your skincare routine. 

What does it do when applied to the skin regularly? Quite a lot.

  • Balancing and down-regulating oil flow.


  • Protection from the heat and inflammation caused by the sun.


  • The minimisation of hyperpigmentation sun damage.


  • For the treatment or rosacea, and sensitive skin.


  • Overall protection for your skin’s delicate lipid barrier function (which controls what gets in and what gets out).


  • Prevents transepidermal water loss, which means your skin will be less dehydrated. 


I know, an impressive list of can do’s. Niacinamide has a lot to offer. If you’d like a more in-depth you might like to read this article: Niacinamide: 8 reasons why it’s a ‘must have’ in your beauty regimen.

So, let’s take a look at five brands and what they have to offer and what they plan to treat.

Which formulation should you choose?

What should you be looking for in your serum? Of course, the quality of the product should be at the top of your list of considerations. But, here’s the thing, when a skincare ingredient like Niacinamide starts to get noticed, everyone jumps on the bandwagon. You’ll begin to find many brands adding Niacinamide to their repertoire. That’s not a bad thing, except the quality can come into question and it makes your choice much more difficult. So I’d like to help. 

What are you trying to achieve?

With so many Niacinamide Serums and Lotions now flooding the beauty market, there is no way to review every one of them. I certainly can’t so, perhaps a better way to approach your choice is by deciding how you want to protect, treat, and improve your skin. What are the goals you have for your skin? More glow? Less oiliness? Slow down the ageing of your skin? Or, maybe you’re unhappy about visible pigmentation? Or, you want healthy skin? 

Here are Five Niacinamide Serums and One Secret Weapon.


Environ Mela Prep Lotion

For Environ the inclusion of Niacinamide is pretty high on the list of ingredients of their Mela Prep Lotion. It also has two other powerhouse ingredients, Sepi White MSH and Alpha Arbutin, which both in their unique ways help to manage the discolouration caused when your natural pigment production goes awry. 

Who created it?

Dr Des Fernandes developed Environ nearly 30 years ago. A plastic surgeon and pioneer in the development of skin care that went far beyond cleansers and moisturisers. The cosmeceutical industry has much to thank him for, and his products remain some of the best in the world.

What do I think?

As well as all the other great reasons to use Niacinamide, if blotchy pigmentation is your biggest concern, then Mela Fade Lotion by Environ is a good choice. It’s a lotion formula rather than a serum and has a watery consistency. To see results you’ll need to be committed and apply both morning and night under any other serums or creams recommended by your skin care professional. 

You’ll pay $90.00AUD for Environ’s Mela Prep Lotion 30ml.



The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% plus Zinc 1%

Targeting oily, acne and problematic skin with their Niacinamide serum. Which is why they’ve included Zinc in the formula as it’s healing and will assist in the faster recovery time for blemished skin. At $9.90 you may think, what’s not to like? True if you’re on a budget or simply object to spending a lot of money on skincare. Fair enough.

Who created it?

The Ordinary is from the company Diecem and founded by the recently deceased, Brandon Truaxe. Brandon’s goal when starting The Ordinary was to democratise the beauty industry. Taking his inspiration from those who had gone before him and repackaged the tried-and-true ingredients most skin care professionals know to be essential inclusions in your beauty routine. 

What do I think?

When The Ordinary first launched this product I was very curious, as their goal of bringing well known and proven ingredients to you at an affordable price, is, at first glance compelling. I tried it, and even though they tick the box on having the industry standard of 10% Niacinamide in their formulation, the product lacks the elegance and sophistication of other brands, and I found the serum didn’t absorb well into my skin. But, if you’re on a budget and just can’t or don’t want to spend a lot on your skincare, then this serum may be right for you. 

You can expect to pay $9.90AUD for The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% plus Zinc 1% 30ml.


Synergie Skin Vitamin B Serum

Synergie Skin Vitamin B

Synergie Skin is trusted by many for delivering high-quality formulations without any nasty ingredients. They call it clean science. The Vitamin B Niacinamide Serum has a concentration of 13% which is a generous amount as most sit between 5-10 per cent. They’ve also added Vitamin B5 to soothe and calm the skin. So, if you want a good all-rounder for skin health, this is an excellent choice.

Who created it?

Australian Cosmetic Chemist Terri Vinson developed Synergie Skin. In Terri’s quest for great skin, she has identified the need for using the highest quality ingredients while being discerning in the preservatives and other supporting ingredients in her formulations ensuring you get the purest and cleanest skin care on the market.

What do I think?

I love the honesty of this brand and the purity of the formulations. A seemingly simple formulation is providing you with a trusted formula filled with Niacinamide. It applies to the skin well and is quickly absorbed. 

You’ll pay $115.00AUD for Synergie Skin’s Vitamin B Essential Niacinamide Serum 30ml.



Alpha H Vitamin B with Copper Peptides

Alpha H is offering a serum formulation targeting the signs of ageing. Once again all the benefits of Niacinamide but with the addition of Copper Peptides for the production of collagen and Chia Seed extract to feed your skin with essential fatty acids which are fundamental for skin health, especially if you suffer from sensitivity, redness, and rosacea. Ferulic Acid stabilises the other ingredients and offers your skin the protective benefits of being a powerful antioxidant. 

Who created it?

A well established Australian brand with great skincare credentials. Michelle Doherty is the driving force behind Alpha H and started her career as a beauty therapist, and since acquiring Alpha H well over 15 years ago has achieved worldwide recognition. A real success story, with products that are carefully thought out and deliver as promised. 

What do I think?

I like this serum because you’re getting more than just a dose of Niacinamide, the addition of Copper Peptides and Chia Seeds will provide additional anti-ageing benefits and ensure the integrity of your lipid barrier. Use it daily. 

You’ll pay $69.95AUD for the Alpha H Vitamin B with Copper TriPeptides 25ml.


Rationale Immunologist Serum

If you visit Rationale, they’ll tell you their serum formulation is giving you skin vitality and resilience and as the name suggests, will boost your skin’s immunity. All of this is true and should be a priority if you want your skin to function at it’s best.

Who created it?

Richard Parker is the creator and founder of Rationale Skincare. Richard is always seeking out a better understanding of the skin and how topically applied ingredients support it naturally. 

What do I think?

My first introduction to Niacinamide was Rationale. For me, it was a game changer in my skincare routine. An elegant formulation that delivers. The addition of other ingredients in this product will assist in supporting the health of the skin. Ingredients such as Amino Acids (Acetyl Glutamyl Heptapeptide-1), Vitamin C in the form of Ascorbyl Glucoside and Adenosine Triphosphate for cellular energy. Use this easily absorbed serum daily to protect your skin from the ravages of the environment. 

You’ll pay $170.00AUD for Rationale’s Immunologist Serum 30ml.


Niacinamide-ReviewedHow can the prices vary so much?

Well, that’s a pretty good question. How can The Ordinary be a mere $9.90 and Rationale Immunologist Serum, be set as high as $170.00? The answer to this lies in the research into product development and the expertise and passion of the brand itself. While The Ordinary may seem just as good as more expensive brands, they’ve taken a tried and true ingredient and duplicated it in high volume to a mass market.

Other pioneering brands have done the research. The Ordinary is not trying to reinvent the wheel nor do they make any excuses for it. It is what it is. They know Niacinamide is a proven ingredient and that’s all they’re offering without too much of anything else. Whereas other more niche’ brands such as those I’ve spoken of today are continually looking to improve on the known science and forge ahead in their research and development of formulations to support the skin in new and exciting ways. 

Finally, your very own secret weapon.

The success of any of these serums and lotions will depend on whether you get the right advice. I believe in working within a system of products. No single product or ingredient will alone provide you with the results. Equally, if you mix and match your brands hoping to find a solution, it may slow down your results. The brands I’ve chosen for review today are all supported by skin care professionals, except for The Ordinary, which you can self select from a variety of outlets without too much intervention or advice.

Getting a thorough skin diagnosis and following the advice of your skincare professional will help you decide which brand will deliver the best results for you.

If you want to know more about choosing a skincare professional, you may like to read this article, the power of a good skin consultation and seven things to look for.

And now you?

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