A short while back I wrote a post on my favourite sun protection products. If Survival 30 was available then it would definitely have been included. It has all the elements that are important to me in an SPF product – mineral only UV protection and an elegant, easy to wear formula that sits well on the skin.
In my sun protection post I wrote about the importance of additional ingredients that help to not only further protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays but also to protect against other forms of environmental damage. The Survial range takes this idea of using a multitude of ingredients to protect the skin and builds on it quite significantly. The level of defensive ingredients in the products has to be the most comprehensive and advanced I’ve seen. The full list is here and combined they will help protect against high energy visible light, pollution, infrared and blue light (from screens) as well UV rays.
Survival comes in 4 strengths – 0, 10, 20, 30. I’ll talk about Survival 0 in a moment but Survival 10, 20, 30 all contain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide with Survival 30 being the highest strength (ie. SPF 30) and the one I’d recommend for day time. It’s got a ‘silicone dispersed’ formulation and is extremely lightweight. It’s also tinted but interestingly the colour comes naturally from the ingredients used and not added pigments.
One of the things I particularly like about Survival 30 is that it has a semi-matt finish and it adheres to the skin very well. Lots of spf’s have more of a sheen to them and I find they kind of slip off the skin. Survival 30 stays put for a long time which is very beneficial for a product that offers protection. I also find it has a slight blurring effect on pores and imperfections.
The thing I don’t like about Survival 30 is the bottle and pipette. I’ve found it can get quite messy with product spilling over the sides. However, this problem has lessened considerably as I use up more product and there’s less in the bottle. Though the overspill is an issue, everything that’s good about Survival 30 outweighs this and I’ve ordered my second bottle already.
In a way, Survival 0 is an even more innovative product because it provides protection against environmental damage once the sun has gone down. It contains no protection against UV rays but it contains everything else that’s in the other Survival products so will protect against Blue Light, Infrared, pollution etc. Therefore, it’s perfect for those sitting in front of their screens in the evening or who travel in polluted areas after daylight. For those who already have a favourite SPF, Survival 0 can be used underneath to provide that extra environmental protection.
Another new launch from NIOD is RE: Pigment and this contains the latest ingredients and technologies to combat hyperpigmentation. I don’t have any pigmentation issues which I largely think is due to consistently using sun protection and topical Vitamin C over the years so I can’t put it to the test. However, based on my experience of other NIOD products I expect it’s a very effective brightening serum and worth a try if you some sun spots you’d like to fade.
L-R Survival 30 and Survival 0
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