Papa Recipe Niacinamide Zinc Serum Review
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It’s no secret that I adore Papa Recipe serums. It was hard not to slather all four on at once when I got them, but I made myself test them more or less in order and tried to be patient. I’m finally ready with my next review.
Papa Recipe Niacinamide Zinc Serum is helpful for improving pigmentation, skin tone, and blemishes. Niacinamide is a multi-functional ingredient with a multitude of benefits from minimizing the appearance of pores to helping breakouts. Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties to help with inflammation and speed up healing. Additionally, the serum features bisabolol, which can boost radiance even more than niacinamide.
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How to use
Apply after toner
Gently pat in
Use a second layer on problem areas, if desired
Finish with moisturizer (and SPF in the morning)
The serum is colorless and fragrance free with the texture of a light gel. I detect a hint of some scent, but only if I try really hard and hold the product right up to my nose. The brand warns that some initial tackiness might be felt, but I haven’t noticed that. It’s not sticky, tacky, or heavy at all.
I have fair, freckle-prone combination skin with visible pores next to my nose and some fine lines and wrinkles. I don’t mind freckles, but I don’t want them merging into age spots, so I make sure to use sunscreen, niacinamide, and other products / ingredients to keep the skin tone as even as possible. The fact that niacinamide helps with pore appearance is a nice bonus as well.
What a lovely serum! Like with all other Papa Recipe serums, I use this on the face and the body - body skin ages just like the face (if not more), so I’m trying to take care of it before it really betrays my age.
This might be my first successful product with zinc as one of the star ingredients. It’s a well known soothing agent and is often used in diaper cream to calm the most sensitive little bottoms. I’ve had a zinc cream before, but it was very thick and ointment-like and I couldn’t stand the texture. I thought maybe zinc products weren’t for me. I’m so glad that I have a light, pleasant formula now that still features this ingredient.
For the face, niacinamide and zinc help with the appearance of pores and the overall radiance of the skin. On my body, I am working on fading some stubborn post-inflammatory pigmentation on my legs (from picking ingrown hairs - don’t do that) and freckles on my arms. And while dealing with pigmentation is a long haul game that requires more than one product and tons of patience, niacinamide is a great ingredient to add to the mix. Having this Papa Recipe serum which isn’t sticky and is very easy to spread has been a game changer. When I’m not using this one, I swap it for the Papa Recipe Retinol (review here). The results have been good - the skin everywhere looks more even, bright, and healthy. I highly recommend you give one (or all) Papa Recipe serums a try. Stay tuned for more reviews coming soon! Subscribe to blog emails at the bottom of this page to be notified about new articles.
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Papa Recipe Niacinamide Zinc Serum ingredients: Water, Niacinamide, Propanediol, Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Bisabolol, Zinc PCA, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum