A quick review of Survival 0 is a must because it is one of NIOD’s must-haves. Attention it’s 0 (zero) and not O.
If you didn’t know the NIOD brand, I’ve already made a brand review here. The brand was founded by Brandon Truaxe, who says, if he had to take 2 products on a desert island, it would be NIOD CAIS 2 and S0
What is it?
S0 is part of the protection range composed of 4 products: S0, S10, S20, S30.the
three others have sun protections. Only S0 does not have sunscreen because it is intended to be used in the evening
S0 is an anti-oxidant, designed to protect the skin against aggressions related to the environment and also to our lifestyle (pollution, stress, blue lights, free radicals, infrared). It also reduces the appearance of sun-related damage and increases elasticity without drying the epidermis.
It is advisable to mix S0 with another active ingredient or moisturizer. Personally, I use it mixed with my moisturizing cream.
If you don’t like S10, S20, S30… you can use S0 under a sun cream during the day, for a double protection
Aqua (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.
- Purified Lutein : antioxidant carotenoid to fight against the effects of blue lights & increase elasticity
- Yeast-Derived Superoxide Dismutase: This enzyme is naturally present in our body and is involved in the oxidative explosion and is also an essential component of the mechanism of elimination of free radicals. The cutaneous application of superoxide dismutases reduces the inflammation created by UVB
- Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol: effective against free radicals formed as a result of stress, pollution or UV exposure
- Fractionated Melanin: Melanin forms naturally in our skin to protect us. By providing synthetic fractional fractional melanin, capable of absorbing wavelengths between 400-500nm, our skin does not need to create its own melanin => the skin remains protected, but it does not produce spots
- Pycnogenol® & Tomato Carotenoid Complex & Purified Knotgrass: to improve areas damaged by blue, infrared, UV light
- Prebiotic Complex of Gluco-Oligosaccharides and Inulin, Purified Mediterranean Brown Algae (Padina Pavonica): to create a healthy environment, so that good bacteria continue to live on our skin, without increasing the number of “bad bacteria”
Like all NIOD products, the packaging is luxurious.
The bottle is made of dark glass, to protect the product from light. The box opens on the side so be careful not to pull too hard and drop the bottle.
We are on the “pump” format instead of a pipette. The pump can be turned off by turning it to the right.
Texture & Odor
The texture is reminiscent of a carrot soup. The smell is similar to it too. I like it very much!
The brand recommends to be careful because the carotenoid, which gives the color of the product, can stain light-colored clothes. In reality, the skin absorbs it so quickly that it does not have time to stain anything.
Note: I don’t find that it stains my sheet or pillows, but I use extremely little product as well: 4 drops all over my face. My skin doesn’t change color either, as you can see on the picture. Between the blue of the CAIS 2, and the carrot color of the S0, fortunately my skin isn’t affected by the colors of the ahaha products.
Like all NIOD products, everything is highly concentrated, liquid and the skin absorbs everything, without leaving any greasy or other residue. I am delighted to say that “something” protects me from environmental aggressions. The effect will be seen in the long term I think. I will update this article in a few months.
In any case, if a product doesn’t give me pimples, in general, it can only be beneficial for me because my skin is very sensitive and reacts very quickly. And S0 doesn’t give me any pimples. Keep your fingers crossed.
Update 2 weeks later: since I’ve been using S0, my skin no longer buds as soon as I wear a barrier mask. I think that the “good bacteria” provided by S0 help me a lot to maintain an effective protective barrier.
Here’s how I incorporate it into my routine. The goal is to repair my skin barrier, while lightening acne spots.
For descriptions of other NIOD products, see my article here. I have also written two detailed reviews on CAIS 2, MMHC 2, the other two NIOD must-haves.
Since there are a lot of products (and they all look the same), I arrange them in order of application, so I don’t have to think every time if I should apply NAAP before S0 or vice versa.
Where to buy NIOD S0?
It is however one of the cheapest products at NIOD.
You can buy it directly on NIOD’s official website here. It is a site that I highly recommend, I have placed several orders with them, they have more stock than the resellers, but moreover, the delivery is free and fast (from the UK), without any customs fees. Moreover, if you aren’t satisfied with the product (especially at this price), you can send it back to them within 365 days of purchase and get a refund (the product must be at least 50% full). Pay for all your purchases on the official website with Paypal, so Paypal will also reimburse you for the return shipping costs.
You can find it on the lookfantastic website, which also delivers from the UK without customs fees. There are often coupon codes on this site, allowing you to save an extra 20% to 25% regularly. Shipping is from the UK, and free for all orders > 40€.