NIOD – The Beginner´s Guide To NIOD

Here’s The Beginner´s Guide To NIOD. All the NIOD products listed on one page. What each product is used for and videos that make it so much easier to understand. Plus, NIOD routines, how to layer NIOD and cheaper Deciem alternatives.

The Beginner´s Guide To NIOD

The Beginners Guide to NIOD

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The Beginner´s Guide To NIOD

NIOD Core Routine

NIOD Core Routine

CAIS & MMHC2 Video | MG Video

Copper Amino Isolate Lipid (NIOD CAIL)
CAIL1% is designed to be used on its own after cleansing and targets overall healthy-looking skin with the additional benefits of building and enhancing skin barrier function & elasticity.

Directions: Use PM. Apply a very small amount to face & neck in the evening. MMHC may be used after the application of this product.
Pro Tip: If you are looking for the most simple routine, this product is for you.

Copper Amino Isolate Serum (NIOD CAIS)
As a highly-focused effort to maintain healthy-looking skin, this pro-repair, pro-collagen serum offers a novel approach to target all signs of skin aging indirectly.

Directions: Use AM & PM. Used as the first step after cleansing. MMHC & other serums come after CAIS. Dispense Activator into Serum. Shake well for 30 seconds.
Pro Tip: Don´t store this one for too long before opening

Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (MMHC2) – Read More
MMHC2 has 15 forms of hyaluronic compounds, helps skin surface look plump, elastic, comfortable and uniform.

Directions. Use AM & PM. If used separately, apply MMHC after cleansing before the application of other skin treatments.
Pro Tip: The 30ml is much better value than the 15ml!

Modulating Glucosides (MG)
A concentrated emulsion to target signs of skin sensitivity, of discomfort, and of irritation. This serum reduces the looks of redness, of itching and of irritation, while helping to target stinging sensations.

Directions: Use AM & PM after CAIS & before MMHC2 if using the Core Regimen. If not using CAIS, apply directly after cleansing.

The Idiot ´s Guide To NIOD Masques

Idiots Guide To NIOD

SS Video | MM Video | FM Video

FM Flavanone Mud (FM)
Flavanone Mud masque is great for congested and dull skin.

Directions: Use once a week. Clean skin with LVCE and/or water. Apply a thin layer of Flavanone Mud to dry face. Avoiding the lower & upper eyelids. Leave for 10 mins. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. A strong temporary stinging sensation will occur especially after the product has been rinsed off.
Pro Tip: Try the 5 day accelerated method to kick start using this product!

Mastic Must (MM)
This masque is for using before the application of makeup to help the look of enlarged pores for a flawless finish.

Directions: Apply a generous amount to clean face in the AM. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Do not use a cleaner after rinsing.
Pro Tip: Try using a hairdryer! After rinsing thoroughly, an unessential but beneficial step is to blowdry on a tolerable heat for about 15 seconds to dry the face. This step would enhance the visible results of MM immediately.

Cleanse + MM + Skincare Routine + Make Up
Voicemail Masque (VM)
VM is a nighttime leave-on masque treatment that fights many of the signs associated with impaired cellular communication. VM is not recommended for very oily skin types

Directions: Use twice weekly at nighttime only. If used as part of a NIOD regimen, apply CAIS/MMHC first & then apply a thin layer of this masque over the entire face, avoiding direct eye contact. Outside of a NIOD regimen, apply over lighter serums and avoid the application of thicker cream formulations. Massage for about 20-40 seconds. Do not apply other products over VM. Do not rinse off until the AM.

Sanskrit Saponins (SS)
SS is a viscous and intense cleaning balm for the face formulated with highly-concentrated, very-unrefined Ayurvedic plant surfactants unsupported by any modern cleaning technology.

Directions: Apart from using NIOD SS as a cleanser, you can also use this as a 5-minute masque.
Pro Tip: This comes in 90ml & 180ml. 180ml is better value but you may not use it up in the required time.
Myrrh Clay (MC)
A treatment masque that visibly firms the skin.

Directions: Use once a week on clean, dry skin. Apply a thin layer to the entire face. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

NIOD Cleansers, Mists & Hydration

Idiots Guide To NIOD

SS Video | HV Video | SDSM Video

Sanskrit Saponins (SS)
Sanskrit SS is a viscous and intense cleaning balm for the face formulated with highly-concentrated, very-unrefined Ayurvedic plant surfactants unsupported by any modern cleaning technology. (SS)

Directions: Use once every other day in the AM or the PM. SS can be used more frequently if desired. SS is not intended to remove makeup. If makeup is present, remove first with LVCE or a suitable makeup remover before using SS. Wet face thoroughly. Massage SS between your palms for a few seconds to form a paste-like lather. Apply to the entire face and massage gently, avoiding the eyes. Rinse thoroughly, keeping your eyes closed. Dry with a towel
Pro Tip! This can also be used as a 5 minute masque.

Low Viscosity Cleaning Ester (LVCE)
A skin cleaning system that respects dermal barriers while regulating visible sebum production, cleaning the skin thoroughly, and removing all traces of makeup in a single step.

Directions: Massage a generous amount well onto dry face. Rinse with warm water. Can also be used without water by applying the formula to a facial pad— ideally cotton— and wiping the face thoroughly.
Pro Tip: This is available in a gift set if you wanted to try a few NIOD products.

Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM2)
A dermal treatment mist–not to be classified mistakenly as a “toner”–that acts as a fundamental daily force against oxidative stress, water loss, and the look of inflammation.

Directions: Apply morning and evening to face and neck after cleaning before the application of other treatments. If used as part of a NIOD regimen, apply after LVCE and/or SS, but before CAIS.
Hydration Vaccine (HV)
A hydration seal for the skin that helps protect against loss of Natural Moisturizing Factors (NMF), and supplements the skin’s own moisturizing factors.

Directions: Apply a small amount all over face in the AM & PM after serums (ideally CAIS and MMHC) but before the application of any other creams and/or sunscreen formulations. 
Cleanse + CAIS + MMHC2 + HV

Lip Products

Lip Bio Lipid Concentrate (LBLC)
A comprehensive treatment to improve the looks of lip colour, volume, texture, softness, and contour, combining a wide borrowing from peptide technology and biotechnology. 

Directions: Shake well. Apply with your fingertips to both upper and lower lips twice daily for 30 days initially. Reduce application to once per day thereafter. 

NIOD Eye Products


FECC Video

Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate (FECC)
Target visible ageing (both upper eyelids and lower eyelids) including the looks of dynamic lines, static lines, fine superficial under-eye lines loss of elasticity, dark circles, puffiness and textural unevenness with positive visible results starting within 3 days and improving into 8 weeks with continued use. 

Directions: Apply in the eye area, including upper eyelids, both AM and PM.

Neck Products

NEC Video

Neck Elasticity Catalyst NIOD (NEC)
With technologies respect the elasticity protein—or elastin—and elastic fibers for a direct increase in the look of elasticity.

Directions: Use AM & PM to neck & lower face. If using HV, apply HV after NEC.  If not using Core Regimen, apply after serums but before any heavier creams.
Pro Tip! This is available in 50ml & 100ml. 100ml is better value but be sure you will use it up in the recommended time once opened.

Cleanse + CAIS + MMHC2 + NEC + HV + (heavy creams if using)

Vitamin C Products

Ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid Network (ELAN)
This highly concentrated network complex combines a 30% concentration of highly-stable Ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) in an antioxidant network of Superoxide Dismutase, Selenium, and Zinc to support a strong fight against oxidation.

Directions: Apply ELAN to face at night-time only, avoiding contact with eyes. ELAN contains a novel solvent for optimal penetration and, while it’s oil-free, may feel slightly oily for about 1 minute after application. This feeling will disappear quickly as there is no oil in the formulation.
ask Deciem for a regimen

Acid Products


NAAP Video

Non-Acid Acid Precursor 15% (NAAP)
Instead of using direct acids like AHA/BHA or retinoids that are common in skincare, NAAP uses fermentation bio-derivatives and amino isolates that act as precursors to skin-compatible acids, encouraging visible radiance and visible surface regularity without the redness and inflammation associated with acids.

Directions: Apply a few drops at bedtime to the face avoiding the immediate eye areas. If used as part of a NIOD regimen, apply after CAIS and MMHC but before HV. If used along with ELAN, apply after ELAN.

NIOD Pigmentation Products

Idiots Guide To NIOD
Re: Pigment (RP)
This formula visibly counteracts both uneven pigmentation, such as spots, as well as overall pigmentation issues through several pathways.

Directions: Use AM & PM. Shake lightly. If used as part of a NIOD regimen, apply after CAIS but before MMHC.

Photography Fluid

PF8% Video | PF12% Video

Photography Fluid 12% (PF12%)
A novel approach to creating a foundation for skin that reflects even radiance in life and very specifically through the camera lens. 

Directions: Apply instead of or under liquid foundation to balance out undesirable colour tones and skin imperfections. This formula can also be mixed with other products for subtle hue correction. 
Pro Tip! Try mixing with moisturiser, BB/CC Creams, Foundations or use alone.
Photography Fluid 8% (PF8%)
This serum-textured surface treatment complements the approach of NIOD’s Photography Fluid, Opacity 12% by balancing light absorption effects (in contrast to light reflection focus of PF 12%) with selective reflectiveness of darker interference pigments.

Directions: Apply instead of liquid foundation for natural-looking radiance with a hint of translucent tan. This formula can also be used under, over or mixed with liquid foundation if coverage is desired.

NIOD Survival Range

Idiots Guide To NIOD

Survival S0 Video

Survival 0 (S0)
Designed for nighttime use by all skin tones. Offers no UV Protection.

Directions: Apply to face liberally to help support the environmental defense 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.
Survival 10 (S10)
Designed for darker skin tones

Directions: Shake well before use. Apply to face liberally 20 minutes before UV exposure. To maintain protection during continued UV exposure, reapply every 2 hours or after material water exposure, towel-drying, swimming, or extensive perspiration.
Survival 20 (S20)
Designed for medium and darker skin tones

Directions: See above.
Survival 30 (S30)
Designed for all skin tones.

Directions: See above

NIOD Routines/Application

This is just a guide to the order of application. So if you’re not using SDSM or one of the other products, just leave it out.

  • LVCE/SS + SDSM2 + CAIS + MMHC2 + Moisturiser

NIOD Conflicts

Before using these products, double-check with Deciem about conflicts. You do not want to be using something that counteracts your other products.

Copper Peptides (CAIL & CAIS). You should avoid Retinol, Retinoids, and strong antioxidants in the same routine.

ELAN Ethylated Ascorbic Acid Network. Treat this as you would any of the pure vitamin c products from The Ordinary. Check products you can and cannot mix.

NIOD RP Re: Pigment. Whilst Deciem has said there are no conflicts, they have replied on social media not to use this in the same routine as Ascorbic Acid and some direct acids.

NIOD Alternatives

If you want to start incorporating some of the NIOD products, consider doing this slowly by maintaining your routine and slowly replacing with NIOD to see how you like them. For example, if you like The Ordinary Buffet with Copper Peptides, you may want to upgrade to CAIL whilst maintaining the rest of our routine. See what the effect of one product change makes.

Deciem Cleansers

  • NIOD LVCE Low Viscocity Cleaning Ester
  • NIOD SS Sanskrit SaponinsThe Ordinary Squalane
  • Hylamide High-Efficiency Cleaning Ester
  • The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

Hydrating Mists

Deciem Hyaluronic Acids

Copper Peptide Products

Deciem Vitamin C

Eye Products By Deciem

Deciem Masques

Once you’ve read The Beginner´s Guide To NIOD, you may wish to read more about the products in NIOD Reviews and The Ordinary Reviews.

NIOD Discounts

We have up to 22% off NIOD with Skinstore US & Look Fantastic, both authorized stockists of Deciem.