NIOD Hydration Vaccine (£35) is one of the first batch of products I’ve tried from NIOD, the Canadian brand whose initials stand for Non-Invasive Options in Dermal Science – and it’s the only one I’ve liked so far.
Towards the end of last year, I got my hands on some NIOD products after being blown away by how fab and years-younger my NIOD-using friend was looking. I used the combination of products religiously – drops of Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex and Copper Amino Isolate Serum twice a day – but really didn’t notice any particular difference to my skin at all. The NIOD Hydration Vaccine got lost in a tidal wave of disappointment as I had been expecting some sort of massive improvement in my complexion, and I still felt my skin seemed on the dehydrated side and I certainly didn’t look any younger or more fabulous!
Recently, I dug the bottle out again and have been giving it a second chance. What’s unusual about the Hydration Vaccine is the fact that rather than bombarding the skin with oils and lubricants which can merely mask the dehydration, the NIOD product acts as a seal for the skin that helps protect against the loss of hydration. It reinforces the skin’s own barrier against water loss.
The second time around, in the summer when my skin is not battling the elements as much, I’m liking the NIOD Hydration Vaccine much more, and my skin feels pretty comfortable. I don’t think it’s likely to become a permanent fixture in my skincare routine – unless the years start disappearing from my face soon. In which case, I’ll update this post!