I have been so lucky to get some lovely products from the Deciem Family ~ the amazingly affordable The Ordinary, NIOD and hydrating Hyalmide. Deciem creates skincare, bodycare and haircare products at affordable prices that are functional and with quality ingredients. This is a roundup of reviews I posted on Instagram and I hope to continue reviewing their products!
Skin Type/Concerns: Oily, dehydrated, blemish prone, aging skin with hyper-pigmentation, fine lines/wrinkles.
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The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution: This is a peel I have used before, thanks to my friend Anna at Instagram @maskaddict and I do like it a lot!! This peel is a beet red viscous type of fluid that makes it easy to see where I have applied it and also as a guest to The Red Wedding. It contains AHA ~ glycolic acid, lactic acid, tartaric acid, and citric acids ~ along with salicylic acid (BHA) so this peel means some business! 32% is the highest I have gone for an acid and yes, this STINGS quite a bit.. not for the faint hearted. The AHA acids comprise 30% of the formula, while the BHA ingredient salicylic acid kicks in at 2% for a grand total of 32% exfoliating acids. This has a pH level of about 3.5 to 3.8, so it is nice and acidic. I couldn’t really do a free acid test, as the AHA’s are a different mix, but lets say it is 30% of glycolic acid – that would be a free acid of 18.88%. This means it would be firmly in the place of a true mini peel with significant increases for cellular turnover and significant increase in collagen deposition. source: LabMuffinBeautyScience and GoalsToGetGlowing for the information and calculator
Do not leave on for more than 10 minutes otherwise you might cross the line from a peel to irritation ~ I know that my forehead and cheeks need to be rinsed off within 5 minutes, but my nose and chin can stay on for the full 10. If you have sensitive skin, you may only want to leave on for a couple of minutes and build up. I don’t really experience redness after I rinse off nor irritation
I make sure to do this peel AT NIGHT TIME, not in the morning, so my skin has time to regenerate ~ In the morning, my skin looks very radiant and glowing and feels smooth and soft. Alas, this never helped me with dark sun damaged hyper-pigmentation spots, but it really does brighten and refine my skin texture ~ and you cannot beat the price!
Ingredients: Glycolic Acid, Water, Arginine, Propanediol, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Triethanolamine, Salicylic Acid, Aminomethyl Propanol, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa Extract, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol cosDNA
NIOD yešti formulas are products that use traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines andI received a couple of their masks. Both quite different and I do think that these are best suited for oily and oily-combo skin types. NIOD Myrrh Clay is a delight to use ~ it has a very earthy and herbal scent and is a peat brown color. Purified myrrh for anti-aging, wound healing benefits along anti-oxidant polyphenols from strawberry leaves, detoxifying nutrient rich peat which helps tighten and firm the skin, with astringent benefits. Multani Mitti ~ aka Fuller’s Earth ~ has purifies by drawing out impurities from your pores while Wu Zhu Yu stimulates blood flow and refines your skin. .
This has a slight tingling and cooling effect on my skin and as it dries down, it has that tightening effect but its not uncomfortable. Rinse off after 15 minutes ~ I recommend using this mask before you take a shower as it is quite messy and can stain wash clothes. My skin feels smoother, looks brighter and this is also a great pimple reducer as well ~ brings down that redness and swelling! I really enjoyed this mask
Ingredients: Peat, Solum Fullonum, Propanediol, Water, Fragaria Vesca Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Commiphora Myrrh Extract, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Carrageenan, Acacia Senegal Gum, Pentylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin cosDNA
NOID Mastic Must is a very STRANGE mask ~ it is a transparent mask that you use after you cleanse and before applying your skincare. It is supposed to help reduce the appearance of pores. This uses a highly-densified mastic sap, sustainably sourced. This gum will bind gunk to it, but not oil or water, so think of it as a sticky eraser for your pores. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal so it helps heal and prevent blemishes too ~ this is not the same as gum Arabic, but it is called Arabic gum. This also has honey, ferments, niacinamide and bentonite. This is a creamy beige mask that stinks. It smells like old sweaty gym socks. I held my nose and put it on my clean, dry face.
After 10 minutes, I rinsed this gummy wonder off my face. I used a blow-dryer on a cool setting to dry my face ~ no cleansers after you use this! The first time I used this, I didn’t rinse it all off and my face not only had no pores, but a mattifying and lifting effect, but the residue made my skin itch. The next few times I used this, I did rinse it off fully and my pores were gone (it’s all temporary) and my skin looked mattified. This does do exactly what it states it will do, but I think this will only be used a few times a week, as I dislike the scent and I dislike that it is not a product I can use before I cleanse my face. This means I have work extra hard washing my face in the sink, as you really do need to get every last bit of this gummy mask off your skin, otherwise, it might irritate it.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Niacinamide, Alcohol, Honey, Coconut Acid, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Arginine, Bentonite, Butyl Avocadate, Ethyl Linoleate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lecithin, Phospholipids, Acacia Senegal Gum, Carrageenan, Citric Acid, Propyl Gallate, Ethoxydiglycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin cosDNA
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque is made with 2% salicylic acid (BHA) to help go deep into pores, unclog them, removing excess oil, dead skin cells and dirt, along with vegetable based charcoal and Amazonian clays to detox and purify the skin while absorbing oils. This also has squalane and glycerin to help prevent the skin from drying out. This mask will help prevent blackheads due to its deep cleansing benefits. This is a black, slightly gritty mask, due to the clays in here and has a slight bitter scent to it.
I like using this mask when my skin feels just blah and greasy ~ even better if I have pimples! I apply this to my T-Zone and then usually like to apply a different mask on my forehead and cheeks. Leave on for 10 minutes (I have very oily skin, so I go the maximum) and rinse off ~ I like to massage it around a bit as the gritty bits help physically exfoliate.
This really CLEANSES the crap out of my pores and my skin is smooth where I applied it and a lot less oily. I immediately apply a hyaluronic acid as even though this doesn’t strip my skin, I need to pump back moisturize into my skin, so that it does not tighten or get dehydrated. My clogged pores and dull skin is due to the dehydrated state it is in. I am just getting older, so I have that issue where my skin is oily, but dehydrated ~ it just can’t make up its mind! This is really for oily and oily/combo skin ~ I wouldn’t really recommend it for dry skin types.
Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Squalane, Glycerin, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Silica Cetyl Silylate, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Polyacrylate, Pentylene Glycol, Charcoal Powder, 4-t-Butylcyclohexanol, Sclerotium Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Phytic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol cosDNA
Let’s talk about 💦Hylaluronic Acid! I love this ingredient, as it works really well on my oily, dehydrated skin ~ it really helps add a pop of moisture to my skin before I add a moisturizer to lock it all in. I have two very different Hydrating serums ~ one with HA and one that ACTS like an HA. Both of these have 🌱vegan and 🐰 cruelty free formulas
The Ordinary Marine Hyaluroics is made with marine-derived water reservoirs that are similar to HA, but are lighter. This contains several algaes, such as nutrient-rich Hawaiian red algae (ahnfeltia concinna) that helps stimulate circulation; Pseudoalteromonas exopolysaccharides are fermented marine bacteria and pseudoalteromonas ferment is fermented bacteria found in mud from Antarctica’s King George Island. These 2 ingredients improve and retain moisture; where the former ingredient is an alternative to hyaluronic acid and the latter is rich in amino acids, increases collagen and elastic production
All the amino ACIDS in here ~ amino acids are rich in hydration benefits, help aid in the production of collagen and elastic, brightens skin and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. N(atural) M(oisturizing) F(actor) PCA and sodium PCA will attract moisture continuously to your skin, keeping it soft and supple. This also has BHA salicylic acid, helping to unclog pores and controlling oil. Added up, there are 23% actives in this formula with a mildly acidic pH of 4~5
This is very lightweight, watery in fact. It really feels like a toner, but it isn’t. It has no scent, it is not sticky or greasy and it really hydrates my skin. I just use a few drops before continuing on with my skin care routine. I like this formula for my day time routine as it absorbs quickly. It truly plumps up my very fine lines and pores on my skin, so they are less noticeable
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Algae Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Propanediol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Salicylate, Sodium Benzoate, Hexylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol cosDNA
Now, if you are looking for a serum that is more dense and has a viscous formula, the Hylamide Booster series has a Low-Molecular HA serum, containing a 5 plant-derived HA compound formula ~ low-molecular weight means that the molecules are very small, so they penetrate the skin better and can re-hydrate the skin more effectively. This has 3 standard HA’s: sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, hydrolyzed sodium hyaluronate, sodium hyaluronate along with tamarind-derived HA. This also includes Optim Hyal, a patented formula containing hydrolyzed yeast, cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose, polyglucuronic acid and lecithin. This formula has a similar structure to HA and it helps smooth, moisturize and increases skin suppleness. This has a pH level of 6~7
This is more of a gel texture than watery ~ in fact, I like this serum to mix with The Ordinary’s 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder rather than the Marine Hyaluroics, as this holds on to the powder better and also is easier to apply to my skin. This has an initial tacky residue, but after a few minutes, does dry down nicely. This does a great job at smoothing my skin, reducing bumps and I notice my skin is less oily. I use this one at night time, due to the thicker texture and my use of the vitamin C powder in it
I love both of these products and it really depends on how you like your serums ~ if you want a more watery texture, the Marine Hyaluroics is the one to go for. If you like a denser, more gel-like texture, the Low-Molecular HA is a great choice. Both of these were very hydrating on my skin and I didn’t experience any breakouts or issues using them. They are also quite affordable: Marine Hyaluroics is under $7.00 and Low-Molecular HA is $14.00
Ingredients: Water, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Lecithin, Glycerin, Betaine, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyglucuronic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin cosDNA
NIOD Survival S0 ~ I must admit I was initially confused with this particular serum. The Survival series has 4 products ~ S0, S10, S20 and S30 ~ The S stands for SPF, so 3 of them contain SPF production. S0 obviously does not and is designed for nighttime use only as it doesn’t offer UVA/UVB protection. However, as I do wear sunscreen daily and nothing in the ingredients are for nighttime use only, I decided to use this during the daytime and I AM VERY glad I did! In fact, Deciem does state you can use S0 during the day with a UV product, so it is basically a way to sell their other Survival items. I prefer to pick my own sunscreen, so S0 works well for me.
So what is Survival S0? This is a protection serum that will help support your skin defenses against environmental (think smog, pollution, UV rays) as well as lifestyle (stress) ~ in other words, this is a super duper antioxidant serum, containing: lutein, a caroteniod antioxidant to reverse blue light damage and improve skin elasticity; superoxide dismutase combats inflammation and oxidation damage; dimethylmethoxy chromanol is more effective than ferulic acid and resveratrol in combating free radical damage; tomato complex to help reduce redness; prebiotics gluco-oligosaccharides and inulin to support your skin’s microbiome; algae to to protect your skin from premature aging.This is free from alcohol and silicones and is vegan and cruelty free
This serum is very lightweight liquidy product, has a light herbal-veggie scent to it and it is a tan-orange in color ~ that is due to the carotenoids in here. In fact, that tannish shade actually provides a sort of “tint” on my skin and the reason why I like it for day time use ~ it not only has that tint, but makes my skin look glowy. It absorbs so quickly on my skin, doesn’t have a tacky feeling and doesn’t cause my makeup to pill or my face to look greasy. I like to use this on my neck as well, as this serum makes my skin feel very silky. As far as results ~ well, this type of product is a protective and preventive item and won’t show drastic results
The NIOD Survival system is for long term use to keep the skin you have, not rewind time. Have you tried this product ~ any of the versions? What did you think of it? I think because it doesn’t have OMG WOWZA results, people might over look this product, but for what it is designed to do, I think it is worth trying.
Ingredients: 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 cosDNA
So far I am loving my products from Deciem! I have a few more that I will be reviewing in the upcoming weeks and I will release the reviews first on Instagram under @colebiancardi and then do another round-up here: NOID Copper Amino Isolate Lipid (CAIL) 1%, NOID Copper Amino Isolate Serum 2:1, The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder and The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5%
Where To Purchase
Sephora carries The Ordinary
- The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution 30mL $7.20
- The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque 50mL $12.0
- The Ordinary Marine Hyaluroics 30mL $6.80 USD
NOID, The Ordinary and Hyamide products are sold at Deciem
- NIOD Myrrh Clay 50mL $38.0
- NOID Mastic Must 90mL $37.0
- NIOD Survival S0 30mL $25.00
- Hylamide Booster Low-Molecular HA 30mL $14.00
- The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution 30mL $7.20
- The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque 50mL $12.0
- The Ordinary Marine Hyaluroics 30mL $6.80 USD