NIOD Survival 0

I’m actually on my second bottle of Survival 0 by NIOD so it’s time to talk about it. Designed to be a night time protective treatment against environmental pollution to the skin. Details per NIOD:

NIOD’s Survival is a range of four networked protection systems with technologies that help support healthy skin defences against environmental and lifestyle-related assaults. Despite their lightweight texture, these formulations offer a broad selection of advanced technologies to target the effects of oxygen radicals including the superoxide radical, nitrogen radicals, carbonyl radicals, glycation and advanced glycation end-products (AGE), pollution, smog, stress, infrared and blue light.


Active Ingredients:

Purified Lutein Isolated from non-GMO marigold flower, this exceptional carotenoid antioxidant counteracts adverse effects of blue light and increases visible dermal elasticity.

Yeast-Derived Superoxide Dismutase Superoxide is the main reactive oxygen species in each cell and SOD is the body’s natural way of out-competing the ongoing and very damaging effect of superoxide in cells. Arguably, SOD is the most important force against oxidation in the human body. Under direct UVB exposure, topical SOD was shown to reduce the look of additional inflammation by nearly 100%. Survival contains a form of SOD with extraordinary high activity level against the superoxide radical.

Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol An extremely potent scavenger of reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species, this superb technology is far more effective than resveratrol and ferulic acid in fighting radicals formed as a result of UV exposure, stress and pollution exposure. Additionally, this exceptional molecule prevents carbonylation of proteins.

Fractionated Melanin While melanin within the skin protects from many forms of environmental assault, its potency is limited with respect to High Energy Visible (HEV) light. Survival includes a fractionated form of melanin that is tailored specifically to absorb light in the range of 400-500 nm wavelengths.

Pycnogenol® A well-studied derivative of maritime pine, this highly-potent antioxidant supports a wide range of protective functions while minimizing and reversing the appearance of photo damage.

Tomato Carotenoid Complex Targets a broad range in the invisible light spectrum and reduces the appearance of redness associated with light exposure.

Prebiotic Complex of Gluco-Oligosaccharides and Inulin Both friendly and unfriendly microorganisms reside on the skin. A number of factors disturb the balance of good microorganisms including abrupt changes in temperature, stress, pollution, malnutrition, use of household chemicals, use of certain cosmetics and UV exposure. This skin prebiotic complex supports friendly skin microorganisms without stimulating harmful ones.

Purified Deep-Sea Algae (Alteromonas Ferment) Forms a physical shield against urban pollution and smog both of which contribute significantly to premature ageing.

Purified Mediterranean Brown Algae (Padina Pavonica) Supports calcium bioavailability, essential to protective functions of healthy skin.

Purified Knotgrass Fights visible adverse effects caused by infrared while helping to prevent and reduce the appearance of photo damage.


Directions Apply to face liberally to help support environmental defence in the absence of material UV exposure (in the evenings). Designed for all skin tones. This product does not offer protection against UVA or UVB rays. Note: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin ageing. This product does not offer sun protection and does not prevent sunburn. Avoid contact with light clothing as the carotenoids in this product can cause staining.


Survival 0 comes in the typical glass Deciem/NIOD bottle. Though it has recently been revamped to include a pump. Yes! This has a creamy serum texture that’s hydrating and absorbs easily. I like it as a bonus hydration boost as well. This serum has an orange texture that comes from the tomato carotenoids. Survival 0 has a very light scent. Nothing extra or artificial. Any kind of antioxidant or protection serum is hard to assess it’s full effectiveness as there’s no for sure visible results. You really just have to look at the ingredients and texture to see if it’s a formula for you.

Survival 0 contains powerful antioxidants superoxide dismutase & pycnogenol, algae, tomato carotenoids and a prebiotic complex. It feels like tomato carotenoids aka lycopene are everywhere in skincare right now. One cool thing is supposedly they glow in the dark. A few articles to read about tomato carotenoids are HERE and HERE. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant. It’s easy to add this serum in a night routine because it’s not greasy or heavy. I would classify this as an antioxidant/hydrating serum but designed for night use.


Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Squalane, Inulin, Algae Extract, Alpha-glucan oligosaccharide, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Xanthophyll, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Polygonum Aviculare Extract, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Melanin, Sucrose, Tapioca Starch, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Isoceteth-20, Tromethamine, Triethanolamine, Polyurethane-34, Ethoxydiglycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

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