NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1.00% Ingredients: COPPER CONCENTRATE: Aqua (Water), Copper Tripeptide-1, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. ACTIVATOR: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Decapeptide-22, Oligopeptide-78, Palmitoyl Decapeptide-21, Zinc Palmitoyl Nonapeptide-14, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Arginine, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethoxydiglycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenylpropanol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
Of course, my first full product review had to be on this. When the serum launched back in May 2015 I was instantly intrigued and had to find out more. NIOD (Non-Invasive Options in Dermal Science) is a new branch on the already stellar Deciem tree and “skincare for the hyper-educated” it certainly is. This is a game-changer company and the product was my current favourite launch of 2015 at the time. Big statements, I know but ones I completely stand behind because I can’t remember the last time I was that excited by a new beauty brand and just one of their products.
What impressed me so much about this serum is that it really does it all, unlike anything I have ever used before. Through the high dose of Copper Tripeptide-1, it keeps the skin in a prolonged, heightened state of repair that tackles everything from hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, pores, elasticity, texture, tone and radiance. It will not only help prevent future damage but also correct existing issues and this something I definitely can attest to.
One of the things I love most about NIOD is that they are constantly adapting and striving for the best. Case in point – the formulation of this product. As you can see from the picture above, the serum comes in two bottles and when it first launched, one bottle contained 100% pure powdered Copper Tripeptide-1 and the other was the liquid “activator” containing the other ingredients. Now, the CP-1 comes in a pre-stabilized liquid form, which is huge. The original formula had to be refrigerated to keep it stable and active, but that’s not necessary anymore. This is a really important change as it makes the serum a lot more travel friendly and much easier to mix and store.
As before, you pour the liquid activator into the serum bottle, replace the cap and shake for 30 seconds (don’t be alarmed by the color, it’s blue because of the Copper Tripeptide-1). You apply it immediately after cleansing, straight on to bare skin and you shouldn’t need a lot (I use about 4-5 drops) as the texture is light and watery. I like to spread the serum between my palms and then press it in to the skin. You can also use more to spot treat troublesome areas as well as use it around the eyes before applying your usual serum or cream.
The serum takes less than 30 seconds to absorb and get to work, but please make sure you wait that amount of time before moving on to your next step (especially if you’re using an acid) to ensure that whatever you apply on top doesn’t interfere with CAIS. It sinks in quickly, leaving the skin dry to the touch with no residue. It worked perfectly well with my other skincare products and did not affect their application. Initially, I used it AM and PM as suggested, but as the results got better, I switched to only in the mornings and then only when/where needed but now I am going to use it daily to get the full, long term benefits.
As you can see from the ingredients list above, this product is completely synthetic so obviously not plant based like I prefer but so worth it. It is high quality, innovative and delivers on it’s claims, which is exactly what I’m looking for in non-natural based skincare. I noticed immediate improvements to my skin, which consistently got better after every use.
The biggest changes I saw were with texture and hyperpigmentation. After every use my skin was just so incredibly soft and smooth and I saw a PIH mark disappear quicker than with any other product before. My pores also appeared less visible and my skin looked firmer and plumper, so I imagine this would be fantastic on mature skin. I used it on blemishes to help them heal faster (and on any cuts to do the same) and once they had healed, there was hardly any trace left. For me, that was an extremely welcomed result because as some of you may have experienced yourselves, the dark mark left behind after a spot has healed can last longer and be more noticeable than the original culprit ever was!
Now you can see why this serum made my 2015 Favourites list and to be honest, I would bathe in it if I could, I love it that much! I know that might sound slightly insane but who wouldn’t want to use it all over when the results are this good?! I am already on to my third bottle so I can safely say CAIS is worth every penny. At $60/£38 for 15ml, I think it’s very well priced considering the results and I would happily buy it again and again. There are so many things this serum can do, that I would definitely recommend it to everyone, no matter what your skin type or concern is – I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t benefit from using it.
It is such a genius yet simple concept that has performed so well and I can’t believe this hasn’t been thought of before (I’m looking at you big beauty brands). Obviously, these guys must know what they’re doing to have come up with a truly innovative product in a heavily saturated beauty market. That is not an easy thing to do these days and this is just the beginning for them – there is so much more on the way.
I highly recommend you check out the Deciem site because they have a lot going on across the various sub-brands. Over at NIOD you will see that they have some amazing sounding products and some exciting launches coming soon. It all just sounds so fascinating and high tech to me, which I really love so I can’t wait to try them all!