Ask most people who’ve perused the shelves of Priceline, and they will be familiar with The Ordinary - the chic white bottles and tubes that house super affordable skincare and quality ingredients.
Deciem is prolific in terms of the many sub-brands that sit under their umbrella, and The Ordinary is just one of them! So you may not have heard of their more premium-priced line called NIOD which stands for Non-Invasive Options in Dermal Science.
NIOD describes itself as “a professional range to complement dermatological and surgical options in beauty.”
It’s not necessarily that any of the products are “better” than what The Ordinary has on offer, you’re likely to find some more experimental formulas and ingredients from NIOD, up-and-coming favourites vs old faithful blends.
Deciem is cruelty-free, and many of their products are also vegan. Having sampled more than a few of the NIOD line, here’s my lineup of what you should try if you’re keen to level up with your formulas this year:
Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist - at $75 AUD for 240mls, think of this as your most/toner (although they emphasise this is NOT a tone) with more that acts as “essential protective force against environmental stressors, including oxidative stress, water loss from the skin and inflammation.” This specific namesake ingredient is a stable enzyme that comes from yeast and helps protect our skin from oxidative stress. It’s fantastic to mist on before your other serums or moisturisers and sunscreen, and a generous size.
Flavanone Mud - a $59 face mask that you apply with a brush that is absolutely a win for very oily or congested skin (used sparingly). This mask is probably the only product I’d ever recommend that has a slight tingling sensation. NIOD says: “its approach varies substantially from that offered by the concept of masques today both in terms of its way of positive visible influence on the skin as well as its respect for dermal integrity. “ In other words, this ain’t your standard mud mask! I can’t do justice to the 3-phase purifying process, but what I will say is that once or twice a week if you’re needing an absorbent mask that won’t just help balance the skin but will also reduce inflammation - this is worth the money!
The Copper Amino Isolate Lipid 1% is probably an ingredient you’ve not heard a lot about yet. This product is a “pro-collagen, pro-lipid, pro-fat formula” and an oil-like blue-tinted tuned blend that should improve skin resilience - it’s not a miracle worker, but the reviews are stellar and if you’re a serum junkie who loves to try out new skin-supporting ingredients, it could just be your next favourite.
The Low-Viscosity Cleaning Ester looks much like a micellar water with the slightly oily feel of an eye-makeup remover, but it’s a different beast altogether. “LVCE contains no cleansing plant oils, no detergents and no water but instead uses isolated sugar and avocado esters to remove every trace of dirt and makeup with or without water,” says Deciem. This product is definitely a game-changer for cleansing for anyone who finds water irritating, or for those who love a super quick oil cleanse without the heaviness - it also lasts FOREVER so it’s definitely worth the $70.00
By far a line that’s interesting to research, fun to use and with the skin integrity in mind, NIOD is the version of The Ordinary that looks even cooler on your countertop.