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Minimalist Niacinamide 5% + HA 1% Serum review

minimalist niacinamide 5% serum review

Minimalist Niacinamide Serum 5% Review – This daily use serum hydrates, repairs & soothes the skin. The Hyaluronic acid helps the niacinamide get absorbed easily and effectively improves its efficiency.

Best Suited For Dry, Sensitive Skin.

Once your skin gets used to this vitamin B3, You can move on to the 10% serum, as the combination of niacinamide and zinc works a lot better to treat acne.

  • Never use Niacinamide and Vitamin C together at the same time.

Doing this would only lessen their absorption and effectiveness. Use one active in the morning and the other at night time.


In case of purging, use the serum less often and reduce the amount of product you use. There is no need to stop using it altogether.

Your skin will slowly get better after all the junks in the pores are pushed out to the surface.

Use Sunscreen religiously to prevent skin darkening and protect against UV rays.


30 ML- 599/-

You can get this on offer price on the brands website or other major shopping sites.

minimalist niacinamide 5% serum review


A nourishing & hydrating daily serum that repairs & soothes sensitive skin.

Ideal for people with dry, sensitive skin & those who find Niacinamide 10% a little strong.

A lightweight, daily serum consisting of very potent Vitamin B3, Niacinamide. Especially formulated for those with dry & sensitive skin.

Made using Aloe juice instead of water with benefits of Hyaluronic acid to provide long-lasting hydration & a non-sticky, silky smooth skin

How Long Does It Take To See Results?

It takes about 4 weeks to see visible changes in skin texture and complexion.

You can also see less and less pimples popping up as you use niacinamide in your routine.

minimalist niacinamide 5% serum review

Niacinamide Benefits For Skin

Inhibits melanin production

Improves skin texture

Brightens skin complexion

Reduces new acne

Neutralises free radical damage from UV rays and environmental pollution

Helps lighten dark spots and pigmentation

Encourages protein synthesis

Maintains elasticity of the skin

Soothes inflammation

Reduces fine lines and wrinkles


The niacinamide serum has a slightly thicker texture when compared to Alpha Arbutin serum.

The colour is transparent and contains no fragrance.

minimalist niacinamide serum review

How To Use Minimalist Niacinamide Serum

  1. Patch Test Recommended – If you are completely new to this ingredient, apply the serum and check for any irritation in the next 48 hours.
  2. For the first couple of weeks, use this serum on alternate days only.
  3. Start one active ingredient at a time. (Actives- Retinol, Alpha Arbutin, Salicylic acid and so on)

For sensitive skin like mine, i would recommend to start slow like, once every 2-3 days until your skin gets used to it.


Cleanse and tone your face.

Take 2-3 drops of serum and massage it across your face in small circular motion.

Once it is absorbed completely, Leave it for “2-3 MINUTES” before applying a moisturiser. (IMPORTANT)

When using actives, Follow up with a gentle and soothing non-comedogenic moisturiser like,

Sebamed Clear Face Gel (Normal-oily skin) | Bioderma (For dry sensitive skin) | Physiogel Moisturiser (All skin types) | A-derma (Sensitive skin) | Aloe Vera Gel (No alcohol or fragrance)

These moisturisers helps soothe any inflammation and promote healing.

minimalist niacinamide serum 5% review

Ingredient analysis credit

Minimalist 5% niacinamide serum ingredients


Skin Type – Normal Sensitive Skin

Patch Test – Since i have sensitive skin, i first stopped using any other actives in my skin care routine before trying this serum. No problems there. 🙂

Week 1– No irritation or breakouts on chin/eyebrow.

Week 2 – i started to use the niacinamide serum on alternate days with no other actives at the same time of course.

On to Week 3 – i introduced other actives like alpha arbutin in to my skin care routine without any problems.

Weeks 4 – Skin does appear brighter and the pigmentation has lightened but not gone completely. Older sun tan has faded completely.

Introducing Vitamin C or Alpha arbutin with Niacinamide does help a lot to clear, even out and brighten your skin.


The most important visible result is brighter skin with smooth skin texture. 🥰

Niacinamide and Apha arbutin/Vitamin C is perfect for removing suntan, dull and uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation.

You can see the difference from week 4 only so be patient.


Good packaging

Visible results in 4 weeks

No irritation or breakout on my normal-sensitive skin

Brightens skin

Lightens sun tan and pigmentation (Best when used with Alpha arbutin serum or Tranexamic acid)

Improves skin texture and even tones the skin



Will I Repurchase?

Yes, because the 10% variant might be too much for my sensitive skin.

Do I Recommend This Serum?

I totally recommend the Minimalist Niacinamide Serum to normal-dry-sensitive skin types.

Now that concludes the Minimalist niacinamide 5% serum review.

If you have any doubts, feel free to drop a comment below and i would be happy to help as much as i can.






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  1. Hello
    My skin feels tight after applying minimilaist niacinamide 5% serum especially my cheeks nd forehead area
    Can you please help me

    • Hi, Try applying the serum on damp skin, leave it for 2 minutes and follow up with a hydrating moisturiser that suits your skin. Also, Do not use AHA/BHA based cleanser, toner or serum with niacinamide.
      Hope that helps. Next time, do mention your skin type too.😇

  2. Never use Niacinamide and Vitamin C together at the same time. And after that you said Introducing Vitamin C or Alpha arbutin with Niacinamide does help a lot to clear, even out and brighten your skin.
    Pls make it clear

    • Hi Kiran, When it comes to using vitamin C and niacinamide in your skincare routine, it’s best to pick either one for the morning and the other for the evening. That way, you’ll get the most out of each ingredient without any potential conflicts. But, if you really want to use both, apply vitamin C first in the morning and wait for about 15 minutes before putting on niacinamide. This way, you can enjoy the benefits of both without any worries. Hope that clarifies your doubt.

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