By Alina S.
I was happy to be chosen to test and review Deciem NIOD Ethylated L-ascorbic Acid 30% Network ($70). I’m 46 years old with combination skin that is characterized by a moderately oily t-zone and dry cheeks. I also occasionally suffer from hormonal acne and red bumps on my chin. Keeping my skin looking young is my first priority. Decongesting clogged pores that seem to get larger with age is my second. I therefore thought I would be a good candidate for this product, which makes mighty promises.
According to the manufacturer, the complex combines a 30 percent concentration of ethylated L-ascorbic acid (a stable form of vitamin C) in an antioxidant network of superoxide dismutase, selenium and zinc to prevent oxidation while enhancing barrier function. The results promised include reduced visible discoloration, revived skin tone and collagen production and repair. I have now used the product for a few weeks and am ready to report my results.
My initial observation was the feel. It is a clear gel-oil that feels slick to the touch, but has the feel of dry oil rather than emollient oil. Within a couple of minutes, it is completely absorbed into the skin and leaves a fairly matte and very comfortable finish. I could not detect any smell while or after applying the product. Overall, I enjoy both how it feels when you apply it and how it feels on the face after a few minutes.
My favorite part about this product and the reason I bought it once I finished my testing sample is that it only has five ingredients: ethoxydiglycol, ethyl ascorbic acid, superoxide dismutase and saccharomyces/zinc ferment. I checked every single one of them with EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and they all have good safety ratings, so I trust that this product is safe to use.
The product’s main claim to fame is that it includes a pure form of L-ascorbic acid in ethylated form that is extremely stable in all conditions, including in presence of water. However, ELAN has solubilized this compound in specialized water-free ether through NIOD’s own pending patent so that all of the vitamin C can be utilized. In addition, the vitamin C is supported by superoxide dismutase (a free radical scavenger), selenium and zinc, to allow for sustained activity of the C. Each of those ingredients also provides its own known benefits to the skin.
The results were very subtle. My skin is in relatively good shape, so I was not expecting miracles. For me, the main effect has been a slightly clearer, more luminous complexion. Is it for acne sufferers? A reviewer on the manufacturer’s website had stated that she broke out badly while using this product. If someone were to break out from using a potentially comedogenic product, it would be me. Therefore, I was quite apprehensive to use it. But I’m now happy to report that I did not get a single pimple in the month of testing, so I have to infer that there must have been a different reason for this reviewer’s problems.
I view this product as a vitamin needed to keep my skin healthy. A vitamin, even taken for a few weeks, will not make me look significantly better or younger but will keep me healthier in the long run. I believe that this product has helped keep my skin healthy and glowing, so I will continue to use it. Given the quality of its ingredients, I believe that it well worth the price and will be a worthy addition to my regimen.