Minimalist Skincare Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Review: 8 Weeks Result [BEFORE & AFTER]

About the Brand

Minimalist skincare is an Indian brand that is completely based on chemical skincare formulas. The brand faced some severe backlash from beauty bloggers and the audience because of their idea to copy the formula and packaging of the brand “The Ordinary” but we will be giving an honest opinion keeping this controversy beside. This review is based on the results we saw after 8 weeks of continuous application of the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% serum. Although, the brand is quite transparent with the ingredient source and list, which is a very good thing.

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Product Information


Price: INR 599
Suitable For: All skin types.
Rated: 4/5
Texture: Watery
Colour: Transparent
Smell: Chemical-like
Quantity: 30ml
Other Essential Information: Fragrance-free, paraben-free, silicone-free, oil-free.
pH: 5.5-6.5



Aloe Vera Juice, Niacinamide, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Propanediol, Ethoxydiglycol, Zinc PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Pullulan, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Lecithin.

About the Ingredients


1. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera juice is quite beneficial for the skin. It helps to soothe irritated and acne-skin. It also helps in treating skin burns and wounds or UV-damaged skin. As the first ingredient is aloe vera juice, it tells us that this serum is aloe-based so we will suggest people who are allergic to aloe should not try this particular serum.

2. Niacinamide

Niacinamide is one of the most-used ingredients in skincare because of its huge benefit list. It is good for reducing inflammation and redness on the face. Niacinamide also helps in pore-tightening and skin brightening. You should include a niacinamide serum in your skincare regime to witness some miraculous results on your skin.

3. Dimethyl Isosorbide

Dimethyl Isosorbide is a solvent that is used to stabilize active ingredients. It is used in this serum to stabilize niacinamide so that the product can work efficiently on the skin. However, talking about Dimethyl Isosorbide or DMI, it is derived from corn sugar and is 100% safe to use.

4. Propanediol

Propanediol performs various roles in a skincare product. It can be used as a solvent, humectant, or emollient. Studies show that propanediol is good for the skin and can make your skin clear, clean, and soft. Well, some studies also suggest that propanediol is better than propylene glycol which is commonly used in skincare products.

5. Ethoxydiglycol

Ethoxydiglycol is a humectant and helps to hydrate the skin. It helps in preventing water loss from the skin making the skin look hydrated and fresh. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel concluded that Ethoxydiglycol is safe to use.

6. Zinc PCA

Zinc PCA or Pyrrolidone carboxylic acid is different from Zinc. It is quite effective on the skin as it helps in treating breakouts and pimples. It also helps in reducing redness from the skin. You should use products containing Zinc PCA is you have acne, pimples or irritated skin.

7. Phenoxyethanol

Phenoxyethanol is used as an anti-bacterial ingredient in cosmetic products. But, studies suggest that this chemical is not so good for the skin especially if you are breastfeeding. Studies show that this chemical can react badly if gets absorbed by the skin. We would not suggest breastfeeding women use this serum.

8. Ethylhexylglycerin

Ethylhexylglycerin is used as a humectant and emollient to stabilize other ingredients. This acts as an anti-bacterial ingredient and helps to save the product from getting spoiled.

9. Hydroxyethylcellulose

It is a binding ingredient that helps to bind ingredients in a product which increases the performance of a product. This is 100% safe to use and can be used by everyone.

10. Pullulan

Pullulan is a naturally-occurring ingredient that helps in defining the texture of a product. It makes the product thick so that the product can hydrate the skin nicely.

11. Xanthan Gum

Xanthan Gum is very hydrating for the skin. It does not have any side-effects on the skin and can be used by everyone. It is 100% safe and is used in most cosmetic or skincare products.

12. Sclerotium Gum

Sclerotium Gum acts as a thickening agent and helps in improving the texture of the product. It has a gel-like consistency which helps to hydrate the skin. It also helps to make the skin soft and supple.

13. Lecithin

Lecithin is a penetration enhancer that ultimately helps in penetrating the product deeper so that we can witness the best results from the product.

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We are not so happy with the packaging as Minimalist copied the exact packaging idea from the brand “The Ordinary”. We expect that the brand should come up with creative packaging ideas to rock the floor. However, talking about the current packaging, Minimalist niacinamide and zinc serum comes in a frosted glass bottle. The quality of the dropper and bottle is so good. Well, the order comes in a black Minimalist box and inside it contains some paper frills which just makes the packaging so amazing. We would rate the packaging 5/10 as it is copied, the 5 marks is for the box packing they provide to their customers which is so rich. 

Product Claims

  1. Promote protein synthesis.
  2. Reduce melanin concentration.
  3. Improve skin complexion.
  4. Balance sebum production.
  5. Reduce inflammation.


  1. Reduce the appearance of acne scars.
  2. Helps in lightening dark spots.
  3. Helps to brighten up.
  4. Improve skin texture.
  5. Control oil production.
  6. Adds a natural glow.
  7. Reduce redness from the face.
  8. Helps with active acne as well.
  9. The fragrance-free formula does not irritate the skin.
  10. Free from harmful chemicals.
  11. Absorbs easily.
  12. Show results in 2-3 weeks.
  13. Affordable.


  1. Aloe-based formula may not suit some skin type.

8-Week Results


As you can see that with the continuous use of the Minimalist Niacinamide and zinc serum, it has helped in treating dark and red spots on the face. Also, you can see the texture improvement and brightening effect on the face. Overall, this is quite a very nice product to give a try on.

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Things to Keep in Mind

  1. Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen when using any such product containing active ingredients. It is suggested to use a SPF 30 or above.

How to Use?

  1. Wash your face with a mild and gentle cleanser or any other cleanser you use regularly.
  2. Take 3-4 drops of the Minimalist skincare Niacinamide and zinc serum and pat it on your face.
  3. Gently massage the product in upwards motion.
  4. Layer with your moisturizer and sunscreen.
  5. Do not forget your sunscreen any day.
  6. Use it both AM and PM for better results.



We would rate the product as 9/10 after looking at all the PROS and CONS. The product has definitely worked and showed results in 2-3 weeks. We will surely recommend this product to everyone especially to people having acne, pimples, and dark spots on the face.

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