PRODUCTS I LOVE AND BELIEVE IN : NIOD's Survival Antioxidant Networked Skin Protection
I’m a huge believer in antioxidants — in their power to protect skin health and power to defend against skin aging. And I’m also a huge fan of Deciem’s high-science brand, NIOD. I kind of think of it as The Ordinary on steroids. While both brands offer outstanding treatments that promote healthy skin, where the two brands diverge is in their focus on ingredient potency and technologies. NIOD relies on the same basic healthy skin principles, employing antioxidants, hydrators, moisturizing oils and sunscreen to maintain skin health. But the science and technologies that support the brand are next-level, going much further to repair damage and protect skin from pro-aging forces.
NIOD’s Survival collection of treatments is a prime example of the company’s high-science approach. From the brand:
“Survival is a range of four networked protection systems with technologies that help support healthy skin defences against environmental and lifestyle-related assaults.”
If you live in a big city like I do, you know you're essentially living an episode of Survivor each and every day. Your skin is under constant free radical attack from multiple sources. It's a contest of wills — and without adequate defenses, skin aging accelerates. Irritation and sensitivity are a daily battle. Whether or not your skin wins out is entirely up to you — and the effort you put into defending it.
So how does NIOD's Survival defend skin under constant attack? With a network of protection systems that rely on technologies that reinforce skin's defenses against both environmental and lifestyle assaults.
The key formula in the range is the NIOD Survival 0, intended for nightly use and essential to a serious defensive skincare regimen. Survival 0 is formulated to target the effects of multiple daily aggressors including a range of free "oxygen" radicals (e.g. the superoxide radical, nitrogen radicals and carbonyl radicals) as well as glycation and advanced glycation end-products (AGE) and of course pollution, smog, stress, and both infrared and blue light.
I told you we're living an episode of Survivor!
The Ingredient List of NIOD Survival 0:
Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Inulin, Alpha-glucan oligosaccharide, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Xanthophyll, Astaxanthin, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Polygonum Aviculare Extract, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Piper cubeba (Cubeb) fruit extract, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Squalane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Melanin, Sucrose, Lysolecithin, Tapioca Starch, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Tromethamine, Triethanolamine, Ethoxydiglycol, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.
The other three formulas in the Survival range are the Survival 0 formula with the addition of broad-spectrum UV protection — the most important skin defense of all. Survival 30, Survival 20 and Survival 10 offer mineral-only UVB and UVA protection of SPF30 (PA+++), SPF20 (PA+++) and SPF10 (PA++) respectively.
All four Survival formulas contain purified Lutein, a carotenoid antioxidant that counteracts the adverse effects of blue light and increases skin elasticity. As I alluded to in last week's blog, the damage from blue and infrared light is coming into focus more and more as studies prove the detrimental effects of technology on our skin. Additionally, Survival features a yeast-derived Superoxide Dismutase (SOD). SOD is a compound that naturally occurs in our skin cells — and is essentially our body’s most powerful defense against oxidation, which results in the generation of free radicals and the subsequent damage they inflict on our skin.
There's so much more to NIOD's Survival networked skin protection formulas. But what's most important is that you're giving your skin the tools it needs to protect from multiple environmental attacks — and to maintain healthy, youthful functioning. Anti-aging is more than serums and creams marketed to repair signs of visible skin aging.
It's about prevention in the first place. Prevention is everything!