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Blogmas 2015 Day 22 - NIOD Hydration Vaccine & Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1%*

22 December 2015
These items were provided for consideration.

I was lucky enough to be invited along to an event by a company named Deciem recently and they sent all attendees home with a very generous sample bag. I'll be reviewing everything over the course of the next few months, many of the items require fairly long trial periods and since Deciem is essentially shaking up the beauty industry with science based products I want to make sure I'm giving you guys in depth reviews.

Deciem is a mother company to nine different brands and even more in the works. They take beauty problems, find scientific solutions and then create products for consumers. Today I'll be focusing on two products from their NIOD brand.

NIOD is 'Skincare For The Hyper-Educated' and stands for Non-Invasive Options in Dermal Science, so basically it is aimed at those who aren't in to cosmetic surgery or those who want products to help maintain skin post surgery. It's also aimed at the small group of people who don't buy in to the bullshit marketing of most other beauty companies and believe me, we are a small group.

The two products I have to review today are the Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1% and the Hydration Vaccine.

I'll start with the Copper Amino Isolate Serum.

This serum aims to put the skin in to a highly productive regeneration mode, it uses copper tripeptides to do this. Copper peptides are naturally found in our bodies and when we hit our teens it starts to deplete, without giving you a full blown science lesson on copper peptides I will simply tell you that we like copper peptides, they are good for the body and they are brilliant for anti-ageing.

The NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum contains a high concentration of copper tripeptides, typically you will find less than 0.01% in most anti-ageing products on the market, this one contain 1%, you'll be offering your skin a dose of a product that boosts collagen production, helps with lines, wrinkles, skin texture, suppleness and elasticity amongst other things.

The serum also contains Hyaluronic Acid Crosspolymer which is a form of hyaluronic acid that can penetrate the skin better, offering optimal hydration properties for the skin.

So now you know some of the scienc-y stuff I'm going to fill you in on how to use it and my experience.

The serum comes in two parts; the Copper Amino Isolate Serum (powder) and the Copper Amino Isolate Activator (liquid). You pour the liquid in to the powder, shake it up for 30 seconds, use the dropper to dispense the product and pat it over your face. The serum does need to be kept refrigerated (so refreshing in the morning!) and you apply it twice a day. Since this is basically the consistency of water it should be applied before other serums and creams. Remember, the order of skincare application goes from thinnest consistency to thickest unless otherwise stated on a product.

If you have some serious skin issues going on you can purchase this in a 5% formula which is designed the give you an intense treatment over the course of use, you then can use the 1% as part of your regular routine to maintain the results.

Moving on to the Hydration Vaccine.

The Hydration Vaccine is a product that helps boost the skins Natural Moisturising Factors (NMF). NMF do a lot for the skin and again, it's something found naturally in our skin already. The most noticeable effects of a drop in NMF are things like fine lines, flaking, rough texture and that tight, uncomfortable feeling skin can get.

I won't get super nitty gritty about what this contains (you can find more information on the website which I will link) but I will tell you it contains plant stem cells (which I've explained before are really, really effective for the skin) and a plethora of ingredients that help moisture absorption, keep the skin hydrated for longer and prevent moisture loss.

This comes in a small jar and has the consistency of silicone (which it does contain). I feel my only issue with this product is the packaging, the jar is quite narrow so it's actually kind of difficult to get your finger in there. From the first use I used a beauty spatula to scoop product out and I would love to see a small scoop included to make accessing the product easier.

As for the consistency I was slightly concerned when I first started using this, my skin has been hating silicone lately and if I'm using a primer that is heavy on the silicone, it usually breaks me out. I haven't had a single issue with this product though which has been great. I thought it would feel heavy on the skin too but I don't even notice it.

Alright, lets get down to my experience.

These products are recommended to be used together for optimal results, while the Copper Amino Isolate Serum encourages the skin to regenerate and act like young skin, the Hydration Vaccine makes sure the skin has all the moisture it could possibly need, if our bodies did this naturally throughout our whole lives we would likely have the skin of fresh faced toddlers until the day we die.

The Copper Amino Isolate Serum claims visible results in 5 days with continued improvement over time.

I used both products, day and night for 5 weeks and I noticed result by day 3. My skin was softer, smoother and felt more plump, this effect continued to get better and I believe it peaked at about week 2. After that I was keeping an eye on lines/fine lines and the overall look of my skin as opposed to how it felt.

I have expression lines on my forehead, my smile lines are showing 31 years of happy moments as are the fine lines developing under my eyes and I have a full blown crevice between my eyes that is the mark of a woman who has perfected the 'don't mess with me' look.

They are softer, more diffused and not so apparent. The crevice is barely noticeable unless you're up close and looking for it (or it's staring you right in the face because I'm mad). My overall complexion is bright and even, my red patches aren't as red, my skin is never dull these days and my makeup goes on better.

Speaking of makeup I don't actually feel like I need to wear it these days, I like my skin, it's nice, it's probably the nicest it's looked since my early 20's but I choose to wear it because I love it.

No, I don't look 20 years younger, I'd be concerned if I did but I definitely have noticed an improvement, enough of an improvement that I'm really sad that my bottle of Copper Amino Isolate Serum is diminishing and I'm having that internal battle of 'do I throw everything else out, give up reviewing serums for good and stick with this until the end of days?'

There is one more thing I want to touch on regarding the hydration of my skin at this point. You know a product has worked when it claims to boost hydration and after a week of using it you keep forgetting to apply moisturiser because your skin feels great without it.

If you like science based skincare and you don't mind the price tags I'd highly recommend checking out the NIOD range, after trying these products I'm keen to try the Photography Fluid, the Eye & Lip Concentrates and the Cleaning Ester.

Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1% retails for $90AUD for 15ml or $135AUD for 30ml and can be pourchased online at NIOD.

Hydration Vaccine retails for $80AUD for 50ml and can be purchased online from NIOD.

To find out more about other NIOD products in the range you can visit the home page here.

NIOD products are not currently available in stores (but may be coming to a very well known and respected high-end retailer soon), upside is that Deciem offer free shipping, Worldwide, on all their products.

Have you tried any NIOD products? If so let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

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3 comments on "Blogmas 2015 Day 22 - NIOD Hydration Vaccine & Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1%*"
  1. That serum sounds amazing, but the price makes me weep!

    1. The price is definitely going to be a turn off for many but if you're keen on trying something a little highend at some point this year give this brand a go!

    2. They have a 20% off code going on right now! I am in love with NIOD and think the investment is totally worth it, so if you are at all considering it please use this opportunity to do so, you seriously will not regret it. I had hormonal pregnancy acne that wrecked havoc on my skin and NIOD plus some sunday riley goodness have completely turned it around and given me the most amazing glow (because contrary to popular belief pregnancy glow is not a real thing unless you are a super model or something).
      The code is LOVEYOU2016 and is good until May 31st