NIOD's Survival is a range of four networked protection systems with technologies that help support healthy skin defences against environmental and lifestyle-related assaults. Despite their lightweight texture, these formulations offer a broad selection of advanced technologies to target the effects of oxygen radicals including the superoxide radical, nitrogen radicals, carbonyl radicals, glycation and advanced glycation end-products (AGE), pollution, smog, stress, infrared and blue light.
In addition to these protection systems, Survival 30, Survival 20 and Survival 10 offer respectively mineral-only UVB and UVA protection of SPF30 (PA+++), SPF20 (PA+++) and SPF10 (PA++). Survival 0 does not offer UV protection and is intended for evening/nighttime use. Survival 0 can also be used during the day alongside other sun protection formulations that may not offer environmental protection beyond UV (Note: Survival 30, Survival 20 and Survival 10 already offer comprehensive networked protection and do not need the addition of Survival 0 during daytime).
Survival is not a tinted formulation. The slight tinted appearance is derived from the active technologies including Lutein, Fractionated Melanin and Pycnogenol®. This colouring should not be mistaken for pigmented offerings on the market that use makeup pigments to reduce the whitening effect of mineral UV filters.
Isolated from non-GMO marigold flower, this exceptional carotenoid antioxidant counteracts adverse effects of blue light and increases visible dermal elasticity.
Yeast-Derived Superoxide Dismutase
Superoxide is the main reactive oxygen species in each cell and SOD is the body's natural way of out-competing the ongoing and very damaging effect of superoxide in cells. Arguably, SOD is the most important force against oxidation in the human body. Under direct UVB exposure, topical SOD was shown to reduce the look of additional inflammation by nearly 100%. Survival contains a form of SOD with extraordinary high activity level against the superoxide radical.
An extremely potent scavenger of reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species, this superb technology is far more effective than resveratrol and ferulic acid in fighting radicals formed as a result of UV exposure, stress and pollution exposure. Additionally, this exceptional molecule prevents carbonylation of proteins.
While melanin within the skin protects from many forms of environmental assault, its potency is limited with respect to High Energy Visible (HEV) light. Survival includes a fractionated form of melanin that is tailored specifically to absorb light in the range of 400-500 nm wavelengths.
A well-studied derivative of maritime pine, this highly-potent antioxidant supports a wide range of protective functions while minimizing and reversing the appearance of photo damage.
Tomato Carotenoid Complex
Targets a broad range in the invisible light spectrum and reduces the appearance of redness associated with light exposure.
Prebiotic Complex of Gluco-Oligosaccharides and Inulin
Both friendly and unfriendly microorganisms reside on the skin. A number of factors disturb the balance of good microorganisms including abrupt changes in temperature, stress, pollution, malnutrition, use of household chemicals, use of certain cosmetics and UV exposure. This skin prebiotic complex supports friendly skin microorganisms without stimulating harmful ones.
Purified Deep-Sea Algae (Alteromonas Ferment)
Forms a physical shield against urban pollution and smog both of which contribute significantly to premature ageing.
Purified Mediterranean Brown Algae (Padina Pavonica)
Supports calcium bioavailability, essential to protective functions of healthy skin.
Fights visible adverse effects caused by infrared while helping to prevent and reduce the appearance of photo damage.
Silicone-Dispersed Zinc Oxide (ZnO) and Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)
Survival formulations avoid use of all chemical sun blocking agents that can lead to further oxidative stress. The formulations also avoid the use of any nanoparticles. Instead, a refined dispersion of micronized ZnO and TiO2 in flexible, high-volatility, non-comedogenic silicones allows the formulations to remain extremely lightweight by optimizing the amount of the blocking agents. These advanced silicones are crucial to the effectiveness of Survival's protective systems given the relatively low amounts of ZnO and TiO2 used, allowing the formulations to be very low in viscosity such that the broader protection technologies can be delivered effectively (this low viscosity is the reason Survival is offered in a dropper format). Survival uses mainly ZnO for its protective effects (because in addition to reflecting/refracting light, ZnO is actually also able to absorb UV rays without creating oxygen radicals) and the supporting TiO2 that is used is only in rutile form (no anatase form of TiO2 is used at all since it's an aggressive producer of free radicals).
We have listed important points about UV protection and environmental protection at large below. While this information may appear extensive, if you wish to take the safe approach always and not worry about these details, we would suggest using Survival 30 whenever UV exposure is possible and Survival 0 at nighttime.
Survival has undergone extensive third-party studies to confirm the Sun Protection Factor for each item. NIOD claims a lower SPF than the confirmed SPF to leave a higher margin of assurance. The actual tested SPF for Survival 10 is 13.7, for Survival 20 is 22.7 and for Survival 30 is 33.1.
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. Use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating. Suitable for all skin tones. Lighter skin tones should use a protection factor of at least SPF 30 whenever UV exposure occurs regardless of UV index. For use on children less than 6 months of age, consult a physician prior to use. Keep out of eyes, rinse with water to remove. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Refer to our in-depth guide to patch testing. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. For external use only.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water), Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Propanediol, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Inulin, Alpha-glucan oligosaccharide, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Xanthophyll, 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, Squalane, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Melanin, Sucrose, Tapioca Starch, Stearic Acid, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Dipropylene Glycol, Tromethamine, Ethoxydiglycol, Alumina, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.
Our formulations are updated from time to time as part of our commitment to innovation. As such, the ingredient list shown here may vary from the box of the product depending on time and region of purchase.