Deciem, you’ve heard of them right? The guys that are making big changes in the beauty and grooming industry, with brands such as The Ordinary and Hylamide and so, so many more! One of them being Niod.
Niod has been some what of an enigma to me; I’ve seen it on social media and I’ve heard about it, but never actually tried it for myself. With The Ordinary being so affordable I never felt the need to venture to Deciems more expensive range. Until I watched an interview with founder Brandon, where he explained some of the science behind Niod, discussing how the products are developed to help the skin rather than target the signs of ageing.
Going onto the Niod website you’ll find it’s filled with an in-depth look into the product; that’s just too much scientific jargon for my small little brain. Please forgive my more watered-down simplistic approach.
Over the past few weeks I have tested out three items from the range, you may be surprised by my opinion as I was surprised with the results.
S A N S K R I T S A P A N I N S
Sanskrit Sapanins (SS) in basic terms, is a cleansing balm. I LOVE a good cleansing balm/jelly/cream you name it, the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser being a big favourite of mine right now. I was certainly interested in giving this one a go. SS apparently helps to reduce the ‘appearance’ of pores, whilst deeply cleansing the skin. Sounds great right?
At First Glance:
I thought SS was more of a cream like consistency rather than a ‘balm’. With an almost nutty like fragrance, not unpleasant but worth noting (the formulation is NOT nut free).
Developed with a high-concentration of unrefined Ayurvedic plant surfactants. Containing no sulphates, micellar, or oil technologies.
It’s suggested to use either AM or PM, but can be used both if desired. It can be doubled up as a 5 mins nourishing treatment mask, simply apply to dry face.
- Dampen face and hands.
- Apply to palms.
- Massage all over face and neck (they suggest to avoid eye area).
- Rinse off with warm water, personally I like to use a damp face cloth.
Okay so this is a hard one. I love the science behind this product and it’s almost revolutionary take on a cleanser. But when it’s priced at £34.00 for 180ml of product compared to other cleansers on the market such as Glossier’s for almost the same quntity costing only £15.00. It’s questionably whether it’s worth it.
Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed using it! I just feel like you have to take everything into consideration of whether or not it’s really worth the investment.
For example, if you wear make-up SS won’t remove that for you. So unless you’re going to use SS in a double cleansing routine this wont be for you.
Something I also find questionable about this balm is it’s use to remove SPF, I’m talking a more heavy-duty SPF?
My thoughts are, if you’re wanting to grab yourself something from Niod but your on a budget maybe look at investing in something else from the range. If money isn’t a question for you then by all means treat yourself. It really is a pleasant experience!
Ingredients (as stated on the NIOD website):
Aqua (Water), Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Stearic Acid, Arginine, Glycerin, PPG-26-buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Polyacrylate, Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract, Balanites Aegyptiaca (Desert Date) Fruit Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sorbic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
180ml – Approx. £34.00 (purchase here)
C O P P E R A M I N O I S O L A T E S E R U M 1%
Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1% (CAIS) is a skin ‘helping’ serum. Essentially it works helping prevent skin from ageing quickly whilst also improving skin health. Not necessarily reversing time, just helping slow it down.
Formulated with Copper Tripeptide GHK-Cu which is apparently found in ‘human plasma’…whats human plasma? I have NO IDEA! From what I can gather it helps to heal skin, develop skin, improve collagen and wound healing. So it sounds pretty brilliant. But again I only got a ‘B’ in science and even that was a miracle.
At First Glance:
Mixing the two solutions makes it all seem slightly like I’m in a chemistry lesson. But I love it, I get a thrill from small things.
Something to immediately grab my attention was how ‘fluid’ the serum was. When I think of a serum I imagine something a little bit more viscous.
PH – 6.50-7.50
For best results this serum should be used both AM and PM.
- After cleansing.
- Apply a small amount evenly over the face, I like to use the dropper to directly apply to the face.
- Massage all over.
- Continue with usual skincare.
Ever get that impending feeling of doom looming across you when you realise you’re about to run out of one of your favourite products?…that’s how I’ve felt with CAIS. Without a doubt the stand-out product for me. I know that this has become a huge cult product so much so, it’s almost always sold out! But sometimes I find that to be more hype than anything.
It’s not often I find a product that has almost instant results. Texture, inflammation and even break-outs have improved.
Although this is on the higher-end of the price scale in terms of serum’s, I would 100% recommend as a solid investment. It’s a product for long-term results.
Ingredients (as stated on the Niod site):
COPPER CONCENTRATE: Aqua (Water), Copper Tripeptide-1, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Isoceteth-20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
ACTIVATOR: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate, Trifluoroacetyl Tripeptide-2, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2, Acetylarginyltryptophyl Diphenylglycine, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Glycogen, Arginine, Pentylene Glycol, Lecithin, Dextran, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Isoceteth-20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
15ml – Approx. £38.00 (purchase here)
F L A V A N O N E M U D
Flavanone Mud (FM) is a decongestion masque that works in three phases: Purifying, Protective, Responsive.
- Purifying – cleansing and absorbing the service of the skin of any left over dirt and sebum.
- Protective – reduces skins inflammation whilst helping build a physical shield for the skin.
- Responsive – deep detoxifying of the skin.
At First Glance:
Some muds and clays are way to expensive for what they are. So I’m always skeptical.
FM describes itself as offering deep decongestion of the skin, sounds great to me.
The masque itself has no offensive scent and is easily distributed across the skin.
PH – 7.00-8.00
This masque is only to be used once a week, I would stick with that rule. It’s very strong!
- Cleanse skin.
- Apply an even layer to dry skin, avoiding eye area.
- Leave for 10 mins (perfect time).
- Rinse off with warm water.
Another firm favourite of mine. Like I said some muds are way to expensive for what they are, personally I’d pay £38.00 for FM as I’m so impressed.
It’s worth noting you will feel a burn or a sting afterward! That’s totally normal and I LOVE it! Maybe I’m weird but I love a good sting; because I know it’s working?…perhaps.
If you’re not all that fond of the sting (the feeling of course not the singer), I wouldn’t suggest using any sort of acid toner afterwards.
Results are once again almost instant, the morning after use my skin looks and feels fresh and healthy!
Ingredients (as stated on the Niod site):
Aqua (Water), Montmorillonite, Kaolin, Bisabolol, Silica Cetyl Silylate, Isodecyl neopentanoate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Argilla, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Resveratrol, Naringenin, Arginine, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Perfluorodecalin, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Glycosphingolipids, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Acacia Senegal Gum, Mica, Quartz, Sucrose Palmitate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ethoxydiglycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
100ml – Approx. £38.00 (purchase here)
Niod, is it worth it?
Really it’s totally a personal opinion. In my opinion, YES it’s so worth it! The science that goes into this brand is insane. The products are revolutionary and exciting. Plus they work with immediate result.
On the other-hand, they’re very expensive and could be utterly confusing to a novice of skincare.
If you, like myself are a skincare fanatic I’d one hundred percent suggest giving CAIS a try. Then maybe venture to the other realms of Niod. I believe if everyone was to start out on CAIS they’d be so impressed and want the whole range.
Niod website (here).