Flavanone Mud is from Deciem’s NIOD line, dubbed “skincare for the hyper-educated” offering non-invasive options in dermal science. Consider interest piqued. Mud masks all feel the same after a while, don’t they? Not this one, though. Flavanone Mud is special, like your favorite child. You can pretend like you don’t play favorites, but don’t worry… your secret is safe here.
Do you have stubborn blackheads? Cysts that are in that in-between phase of going away and just…sitting there? Maybe some acne scarring? This is a mud mask you need to add to your to-buy list, now.
Flavanone Mud avoids the use of aggressive clays, direct acids, low or high pH, exfoliating agents or any material that would disrupt dermal balance or cause inflammation. A three-phase approach initiates to decongest skin from the inside, the outside, and further shield against new congestion.
Surface impurities, including oil and water soluble pollution, cosmetic product build-up, and excess sebum, are physically dissolved and removed. This phase includes a delivery system of oxygen to the upper layers of the skin increasing energy in the skin. See: glowy, dewy. A blend of clays work in synergy to dissolve impurities, reduce the appearance of pore size, and reinforces the skin’s barrier function.
An innovative approach using ingredients to act as a shield against external build-up of congestion using sea polysaccharides (hello, earth science class!), allowing skin to better respond to climate changes. Moving from the hot humid air into the blasting AC? That counts as a climate change, to your skin anyway. Topical resveratrol inhibits dopa oxidase, responsible for the formation of melanin, to protect skin from pigmentation changes. Bitter orange peel and bisabolol protect skin from inflammatory reactions.
With cell signaling flavanone ingredients the skin is protected against environmental congestion, supporting health and longevity. Flavonoids can act as chemical messengers, physiological regulators, and cell cycle inhibitors. Cool, right? Flavanone derived from the inner white parts of citrus peel sustains a circulatory, non-inflammatory response to support skin detoxification and immunity. On top of that, a pre-cursor to oleic acid, an acid naturally occurring on our skin, increases without disrupting the skin’s barrier. Oleic acid acts as an anti-inflammatory and distress signaler for the skin’s defense response system.
All you need is a thin layer of Flavanone Mud, which is great because the product will last a while. Except the shelf life is 6 months after opening and there is plenty of product to get you past that. This is the case with every NIOD product I’ve purchased: a freaking 6-month shelf life. A serum, fine. It will be gone within 3-4 months. But a mask that you need little of? Even if I wasn’t constantly testing products I would have a hard time using up the entire jar within the time frame, granted my face is small. NIOD uses this as a pro to buying Flavanone Mud, stating most mud masks need a thick layer resulting in wasted product. That’s cute. Also clever, if you’re a devote NIOD user you’ll repurchase every 6 months. Let’s say you get 18 to 25 treatments out of this jar, you would have to ensure you’re using this mask weekly so you don’t end up tossing anything out in 6 months. 6 MONTHS. /end rant
I don’t even care there aren’t studies backing NIOD’s claims, Flavanone Mud delivers. I started with the accelerated method, using it every night for the first five days followed by weekly maintenance. I was impressed on the first night and continued to enjoy the results. Stubborn blackheads I couldn’t manage say good riddance to? Gone. Cysts that were almost kinda gone but couldn’t decide W.T.F. to do? Gone. Post-inflammatory scarring? Significantly reduced. I use it as a spot treatment, too. When removed the mask provides a tingling sensation reminiscent of Biologique Recherche Lotion P50.
If I could get past the expiration, I would repurchase. But, you know… 6 months.
Product: NIOD Flavanone Mud
What it is: A mud mask correcting skin congestion in a unique three phase system
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Montmorillonite, Kaolin, Bisabolol, Glycerin, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Silica Cetyl Silylate¸ Isodecyl neopentanoate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Perfluorodecalin, Ethoxydiglycol, Argilla, Butylene Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Hydroxyresveratrol, Naringenin, L-Arginine, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Glycosphingolipids, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Acacia Senegal Gum, Mica, Quartz, Sucrose Palmitate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
FYI: Deciem is based out of Canada with a substantial following in the UK, building popularity Stateside. They offer free shipping to the US.
Where to buy: NIOD $39