Serum is one of our best friends when it comes to skincare. This post features one of the most hyped face serums recently. This could be partly because of the unique copper ingredient. The blue color also makes the product more interesting. Does it live up to the hype? Would it be something for you? Please read on to see my review on this hyped product. ;-). I update this review on Feb 8, 2017 as I finish another bottle of this serum in Jan 2017
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2016 old review
Who is it for?
It is hard to say. I am genuinely very confused about this product. This product claims to have a very high long-term value to the skin.
What is the texture?
The product is very runny. When you squeeze the dropper inside your palm, the liquid tends to disappear very fast. So later I drop the liquid on a cotton pad and wiped it over my skin. It is quite tricky to use.
What does the product claim?
A highly-focused effort to encourage skin health as a novel approach to target all aspects of skin aging by keeping the skin in an ongoing heightened state of repair. This concentrated treatment departs from the traditional thinking of addressing visible aspects of various signs of skin aging and instead forms a foundation to make skin look and act younger from its lowest depths upward.
This product contains 1.0% pure Copper Tripeptide-1 (GHK-Cu) to be mixed with a specialized activator before first use. This extraordinary concentration allows activation of a wide array of skin health functions that help to prevent and reverse largely all aspects of visible skin aging, including textural damage, uneven pigmentation, loss of elasticity, lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores and general lack of a healthy radiance present in younger skin. In short, the skin will act and look younger starting within 5 days with continued improvements over time.
How to use it?
According to the website, you need to dispense activator into serum. Shake well for 30 seconds. Apply this serum to face AM and PM. I think for the most recent version, you no longer you need to put the serum into refrigerator.
DO NOT apply this serum after your acid products. This information is not available on their website. But the creator of NIOD Brandon did a Q&A on the famous british blogger Caroline Hirons website. He clearly indicated that any acidity will interfere with this product and make it less effective. His original words are below. You can find it here.
“Any acidic pH will destroy CAIS completely in an instant. However, CAIS itself is absorbed and utilized extremely quickly. Acids, however, take longer to work and go through a pH adjustment after application to the skin. For this reason, please always apply CAIS first, wait about 30 seconds (even 10 seconds is enough, but to be safe), then apply any acidic compounds. Please never apply an acidic compound before CAIS; if you do, the wait time would be significantly higher (30 minutes to be safe).
So the steps would be:
Cleanse (assuming not acidic)
– 30 seconds
Does the product live up to its claim?
It is very hard to say. I did see some minor improvements of my skin. But it is not as obvious as the claim. I think part of the reason is that I do use acid toner every night before I use this serum and I did not know that you need to wait a while.
What I don’t like about it?
I think this is generally a very confusing product. If it is such important information about avoiding acid toning when using CAIS , they should put it on their website and mention explicitly. Not every consumer will come across Caroline Hirons blog and read every comment in detail.
45.60 EUR for 15ml and 72.00 EUR for 30ml. Definitely not cheap.
Where to buy?
NIOD is available through their official website and also multiple online outlets such as lookfantastic. These websites ship wordwide. You can also find their brick-and-mortar retailer via the link http://store.deciem.com/locations/nid
To examine the true effectiveness of this serum , I test it out this product again without using any acidic product in early January 2017. This time, I used the product together with multi-molecular hyaluronic complex as recommended by NIOD. I also used this product independently to exclude the potential effect of multi-molecular hyaluronic complex.
My verdict has slightly changed. In the period of one month, my skin condition has improved. The skin texture is better and my pigementation around the chin area (due to acne) is improved. However, there is not enough significant improvement, which is similar to previous times. This could be due to the fact that I am possibly not in the target group of this serum (I am 29 and have relatively fine skin conditions, knock the wood :-))
The downfall of this product still remains, it is super fluid , difficult to apply and the important acid information is not at all mentioned on their website. As a serious skincare company (I love lots of their product), they should seriously do so!
Would I buy it again?
After second try, I decide that this is not for me and it is time to move on.
Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Glycerin, Copper Tripeptide-1, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Zinc Palmitoyl Nonapeptide-14, Decapeptide-22, Ogliopeptide78, Palmitoyl Decapeptide-21, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenylpropanol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.