My first K-beauty skincare product! You might have not seen me talking much about the Korean skincare trend on this blog but I finally joined the bandwagon last month.
TIAM, a Korean beauty brand, sent me their Vita B3 Source to try and review around a month and a half ago. I had been using it consistently ever since and have seen some good results with my uneven skin tone.
So I thought I should pen down my thoughts on the Vita B3 Source which is basically a mixture of 10% Niacinamide and 2% Arbutin solution. And it targets dark spots and uneven skin tone, thereby giving you a brighter complexion.
Key Ingredients of TIAM Vita b3 Serum
Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 which improves skin’s barrier function and also controls melanin production which gives brighter skin. It also helps to regulate oil-production so it’s great for people with oily skin.
A less irritating alternative to hydroquinone, Arbutin, is a natural ingredient that prevents the synthesis of melanin and works on reducing pigmentation. This serum has Beta Arbutin. Now, what’s that?! Refer to this handy chart below to know more about Alpha and Beta Arbutin.
Does that mean the Tiam Vita B3 Source is ineffective due to the presence of Beta Arbutin?
Yes and No. From what I can understand, it also has a very high concentration of Niacinamide so that combination might have increased the effectiveness of the product.
As per the brand, It works in a 2-step process in which Arbutin inhibits synthesis of melanin and Niacinamide prevents packets of melanin from reaching the skin’s surface.
Price: $18.20 for 40ml
Availability: You can buy it on Yesstyle.
Tiam Vita B3 Source Review
This serum combines two of the best-known ingredients that are known to work on blemishes and give even-toned skin.
Being a brown girl with acne-prone skin, I do have to deal with the brown spots acne leave. So, this Vita B3 serum was definitely something I could use to target my skin concerns.
Not just acne, ageing, pollution, stress, and sun exposure also leave the skin looking dull and lifeless. This is why it is important to use brightening ingredients in your routine to bring back life to your skin.
And make sure it’s protected from the sun with a good quality sunscreen like Purito Centella Unscented Sunscreen With SPF50
The Tiam Vita B3 serum comes in a dark brown, glass bottle that has a dropper to dispense the product. I have The Ordinary’s Niacinamide solution but it came in a clear glass bottle.
So I’m guessing that the dark coloured bottle here is to help with the stability of “Arbutin” used here. (Refer to the comparison chart above). What do you guys think? The glass bottle is slightly heavy and you have to be careful with it while travelling.
TEXTURE & SMELL
The serum is a clear solution that’s slightly more viscous than water. Again, on comparing with The Ordinary’s Niacinamide + Zinc Solution, this one’s more watery thin and runny. And the Tiam B3 source doesn’t have any smell to it.
I love the lightweight texture of this serum because it gets completely absorbed into the skin and doesn’t sit on it.
HOW TO USE TIAM VITA B3 SERUM?
After cleansing and toning (optional), I take 2 drops of this serum and apply it all over my face and neck. Then add another drop just to pat it on the acne scars and the area around my mouth that has some discolouration.
I do this twice a day, morning and night and follow it up with a moisturizer and sunscreen (in the morning). It gets absorbed very fast and leaves a dewy finish.
It’s also hydrating so you can easily cut down your skincare steps! You wouldn’t experience any oiliness and sticky/heavy feeling with this TIAM serum.
How Does the Tiam Vita B3 Source Work?
I started using this in the second week of February and I have also attached pictures of my short 2-3 week journey with this product. I wanted to test it out and see how it works on fading my newly-gifted acne scars. The first picture shows day 1, with the light brown marks showing through.
A week later, I noticed some reduction in the brown spots, they became lighter than before but didn’t disappear completely.
The last one is week 2 where the dark spots have reduced considerably but they have still not disappeared. I understand that these acne spots can take months to disappear completely.
It showed great results within a short period of time!
UPDATE: I’m writing this paragraph after a year of using the Vita B3 Source. With regular use, it REALLY made my acne spots disappear in 4-6 weeks depending on how fresh and deep they were. However, these were the spots from mild acne that I used to get at that time of the month. Recently, I encountered painful cystic acne that left very deep and stubborn acne spots and scars. I didn’t have this serum with me anymore but I’m not sure if it’d have worked anyway. I used prescription retinoid to treat my skin and got positive results. You can read my retinoid skincare routine and journey to know more!
Buy it on Yesstyle!
Overall, my skin looks healthy and dewy. Another point to note is, I have been exfoliating my face 2-3 times a week with The Ordinary Glycolic Acid which is another product that works on scars and uneven skin tone. So both the TIAM Vita B3 Source and AHA worked in conjunction to even out my complexion.
It’s been over a month and I am still using this serum. I have at least 80% of the product left which shows how long it will last you. Even if you don’t want to buy this particular product, you can use any Niacinamide or Alpha Arbutin based serum from a good brand to help with blemishes.
Comparison between The Ordinary & Tiam
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10%+Zinc 1% targets scars, uneven skin tone and sebum/ oil-production (Thanks to zinc!). While the Tiam Vita B3 Source with Niacinamide 10% + Arbutin 2% is meant only for scars, blemishes and uneven skin tone. So you can make the decision depending on what your skin needs. Also, The Ordinary one feels like it’s sitting on my skin which might bother people.
The price tag is pretty similar to The Ordinary one retailing for approx $10 and TIAM for $18 but TIAM is often on sale and goes as low as $13-14.
Why You Should Buy Tiam Vita B3 Source?
- Evens out skin tone
- Works on reducing acne spots
- Very lightweight
- Didn’t cause skin irritation
- Not added fragrance
Why You Should Avoid Tiam Vita B3 Source?
- Couldn’t find a reason. It does what it claims but don’t expect dramatic results overnight.