a glass bottle of the Qrxlabs 5% Niacinamide + Retinol Serum on a plain pink background

A few years back, I saw a great video on Angela Benedict's Youtube channel, where she shared her beauty and skincare routine. It was a great, thorough video showing all the affordable products she uses daily for her skin. Unfortunately, I can't find this video anymore, but there is one particular ingredient she praised the most – retinol aka Vitamin A. What struck me the most, is how beautiful and clean her skin looked, therefore, I naturally assumed that I want to use retinol on my skin as well! That's when my hunt began!

Of course, it's been years since I've seen her video, but I still use retinol in my skin care routine regularly. From time to time, I try out new serums and face creams, infused with this powerful ingredient, in addition to other anti-aging components like hyaluronic acid and collagen. So, for today's post, I prepared for you my review on Niacinamide + Retinol Serum by Qrxlabs, which is both affordable and seems to be actually working! 

About the Qrxlabs Brand

QRxLabs is a Miami-based skincare brand founded in 2016 by Alex and Silvana. The company's mission is to "revolutionize your skincare routine" by offering products that combine natural ingredients and the best of science. All QRxLabs products are free of parabens and silicones, and they are also cruelty-free and packaged in environmentally friendly materials.

The company's product line includes a variety of serums, cleansers, moisturizers, and skin treatments with a high concentration of active ingredients. Some of the most popular products include the Glycolic Acid Resurfacing Pads, the Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Squalane HA+ Moisturizing Cream, and the Niacinamide Serum.

a glass bottle of the Qrxlabs 5% Niacinamide + Retinol Serum on a plain pink background


QRxLabs is based on water and has a range of nourishing and caring ingredients for the face and neck. The second ingredient, mentioned in the ingredient list, is Organic Hyaluronic Acid – a polysaccharide naturally produced in your body, best known for its exceptional hydrating and anti-aging effects. The second ingredient is my favorite Witch Hazel, loved and cherished for its soothing and pore-tightening abilities. It is regularly added in skin toners and mists and I was happy to see Witch Hazel in this serum as well. There are also some organic Wheat Germ and Jojoba Oil in the mix, for an extra boost of skin-smoothing hydration.

However, the who main ingredients in this anti-aging skin serum are Niacinamide (or Vitamin B3) and Retinol. Niacinamide or nicotinamide, is a water-soluble vitamin that collaborates with natural substances in your skin, resulting in various beneficial effects. By using niacinamide in your skin care routine, you can visibly reduce enlarged pores, tighten lax or stretched-out pores, improve uneven skin tone, soften fine lines and wrinkles, diminish dullness, and strengthen the weakened surface of your skin.

Retinol is a widely recognized and potent ingredient in skincare, which is derived from vitamin A. It offers numerous benefits to the skin and is often referred to as an anti-aging powerhouse. When applied topically, retinol can effectively stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that helps maintain skin elasticity and suppleness. By promoting collagen production, retinol helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, making the skin look smoother and more youthful.

Additionally, retinol works on a cellular level to encourage skin cell turnover. This means that it helps to shed dead skin cells and promote the growth of new, healthier cells. As a result, retinol can improve skin texture and tone, making it more even and radiant.

a glass bottle of the Qrxlabs 5% Niacinamide + Retinol Serum on a plain pink background

How to use Qrxlabs 5% Niacinamide + Retinol Serum?

After cleansing and toning your face, apply a small amount of anti-aging serum onto your neck and face, avoiding the eye area. Begin with a pea-sized dose and gradually increase it as necessary. Make sure to moisturize your skin after the serum. Remember to skip mixing with other active ingredients and always wear sunscreen during the day, as niacinamide and retinol can heighten skin sensitivity to sunlight. 

If your skin isn't familiar with retinol, you might need to start slowly, implementing only a small amount of retinol-based serum in your beauty care.  Begin by using the serum only a few times a week and closely monitor your skin's response. This gradual introduction allows your skin to acclimate to the retinol, minimizing the likelihood of any negative effects. If your skin shows signs of tolerance and no irritation occurs, you can gradually increase the frequency of application.

Final Verdict

I picked this serum as one of the most affordable niacinamide + retinol combos available for me online, and haven't regretted it a bit. I have officially finished my first bottle of his beauty gem, and still can't get over the long-lasting plumping and hydrating effect it provides. At first, my skin looked a bit dry and had a few patches on the cheek area. But, after this phase passed, the surface of the skin started to glow and look very smooth. 

If you are on the lookout for an anti-aging serum with a niacinamide and retinol combination, you should definitely give the Qrxlabs a try. It won't break the budget and provide your skin with a pleasant experience and results that are worth waiting for. I personally, look forwards to purchasing my next bottle of this magical skin potion!

Lots of love,