NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1.00% - 0.5 oz
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CAIS or Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1%(15mL/$60 or 30mL/$90.) I feel like NIOD is breaking exciting ground with this product. Of course there are products with copper peptides on the market, but not many at this concentration. I won't go into the research behind copper peptides (today), but perhaps in the future.The founder of NIOD, Brandon Truaxe, explains this product as one for 'overall skin health.' Not a product that will give results overnight, instead one that improves skin over time. I read a very interesting (interview)link Brandon gave (that I definitely encourage everyone to go read)where he explained CAIS in these terms "Healthy skin is skin that can fight the very small things that are always going wrong well. Our cells lose their ability to fight things and this loss leads to signs of ageing (and other things.) CAIS supports this fighting ability." This is a perfect description of CAIS that I have experienced first hand. I will share more about this in a moment.
The claims of CAIS is that it "targets signs of skin aging, including visible textural damage, uneven tone, visibly enlarged pores, and a general lack of a visibly healthy radiance normally present in younger skin." Exciting, right? But does it really work?
I have been using CAIS since December 2016 and a result I have experienced from using this product is smoother skin. I have texture over my cheeks and forehead that pop up whenever I am not using CAIS. I 100% believe this product has helped to even out my skin tone and texture. Other benefits of CAIS I have experienced is that it is extremely helpful for sensitive skin, helps with wound healing, and has anti-inflammatory properties. I have noticed that any marks from breakouts heal much quicker when using CAIS. I even had a bout of poison ivy on my face earlier this year, and believe CAIS helped with the inflammation and overall healing of the rash. It was only one of three products I used on my face during that time. Also, I wasn't left with any discoloration as is indicative of poison ivy rashes. See why I find Brandon's description so fitting? CAIS enabled my skin to "fight the good fight" by decreasing the healing time and by helping skin to repair itself without defects. I must disclose that at the time I acquired poison ivy, which I am highly allergic to and happens at least once a year, I had been using CAIS for a little over 3 months. With that said, I'm definitely a believer now and this is why CAIS is not only one of my top NIOD products, but one of my overall favorite skincare products.
CAIS is a gentle, water light serum that I use directly after cleansing and toning, on dry skin. CAIS can be a bit tricky to apply since it is such a watery liquid. Some people drop it into their palm and then apply to their face. I have definitely tried this method, but I end up wasting too much product! Personally, I use the dropper to dispense the liquid directly onto my face, section by section. I am vey careful as to not have the dropper actually come into contact with my skin because I do not want to contaminate the entire bottle of product with anything microscopic that may be left on my face. CHECK THIS. I then pat the product into my skin with the other hand. I use about half a dropper per application for my face and neck. . Niod recommends waiting at least 30 seconds after applying CAIS before applying another product. So if you use any acids in the same routine, definitely use them after applying CAIS because they can effect the
The only downfall to CAIS is when you receive the product, it then has to be mixed. Inside the box is two 15 mL bottles. The 'Activator" bottle has to be poured into the Copper Concentrate. The problem lies in the fact that I am very clumsy and have spilled some liquid 2 out of 3 times I have attempted this process. I literally felt sick to my stomach! This blue, magical liquid isn't cheap! However, I do understand the reasoning behind this 'mixing' is to keep the product stable longer. I always mark the date on my bottles the day that I mix them. The six month countdown clock starts at that moment! However, I am very thankful that I joined the NIOD train (after) they reformulated CAIS, because a previous version had to be kept in the refrigerator in order to keep it stable! Talk about a great way to forget about a skincare product!
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