At a glance
My test and thoughts about the antioxidant, moisturizing and soothing Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM2) from the Canadian skincare brand NIOD!
Do you think a skincare product in mist format can be as active as a serum treatment? NIOD, the innovative Canadian skincare brand, seems to think so with their Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM2)!
I already mentioned NIOD in my article Focus on Copper Peptides. I really appreciate this very technical Canadian skincare brand, which is part of the group Deciem (mostly known for their brand The Ordinary that I introduced on my blog over 3 years ago now.)
I admit NIOD seems intimidating at first. And the way they communicate about their products doesn’t help because it’s sometimes so opaque that it can be a bit discouraging!
Let’s take the example of this Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (or SDSM2 in short). I’m on my third bottle. I think I discovered it two years ago and I’ve been repurchasing it regularly ever since. But I’ve never talked about it here because, until now, I couldn’t bother to dive into the formula and analyze it for a review! (yes, I know, bad Bonnie)
Yet in reality, it’s not that complex. If you attempt to read between the lines of the over-complicated ingredient descriptions on NIOD’s website, their products are often very interesting, effective and truly innovative.
And this is precisely the case with this SDSM2 mist! So I suggest we dive into this pretty turquoise liquid formula to unravel the mysteries of its ingredients and give you my thoughts about its effectiveness 😉
NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM2), product presentation:
NIOD describes the Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist as a skin treatment mist (not to be confused with a toner), which acts as a shield against oxidative stress, water loss/dehydration and skin inflammation.
These three phenomena contribute to the loss of visible skin quality over time. In other words, all three are accelerated skin aging factors.
Basically, the aim of this mist is to be a protection for your skin against the stress of everyday life that makes it age faster. Pretty promising! 😉
If I had to categorize this product, I would definitely classify it as an essence. If you’re a regular reader, you know that I’m a big fan of these hybrid products, liquid skincare treatments, combining toner and serum qualities.
Here, the advantage, compared to a classic essence, is clearly the mist format, which makes it a super pleasant product to use. Using it feels super nice, and it’s so great to help me cool down right now! (Dubai is extra hot at the moment).
I use it as I would use an essence, preferably at the beginning of my routine, before my serum(s).
The brand describes SDSM2 Mist as a versatile three-in-one liquid treatment/ skincare product that is anti-oxidant/anti-aging, moisturizing and soothing at the same time.
If you inspect the formula of this SDSM2 mist, you’ll see that even though it’s simple, the ingredients it contains are quite potent!
First, there is the famous Superoxide Dismutase which gives part of its name to the product. It’s a stable enzyme derived from yeast, which helps the body to protect itself against oxidation (in simpler terms, it helps the skin age slower!). It also has a powerful anti-inflammatory and soothing effect!
Then there’s purified North American Four O’ Clock Flower water. This ingredient derived from an Aztec plant helps to reduce inflammation and therefore has a very soothing effect.
Then there are humectant ingredients (= hydrating), marine exopolysaccharides, which prevent the skin from losing water. It also has glycerin and betaine, which are also two hydrating ingredients.
And finally, the mist contains mineral extracts of malachite, a rock with anti-oxidant properties that protects against free radical damage and also gives the SDSM2 its beautiful turquoise color!
NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM2), my experience:
I told you at the beginning of this article, this is my third bottle! I’ve been using SDSM2 regularly for several years now.
If I love this product, it’s clearly first and foremost for its mist format. I love to use it, especially during the scorching summer we have here in Dubai!
The mist is not the finest, it sprays a lot of product but frankly I like this generous effect. And the generosity is also in the bottle’s size: a massive 240ml!
You can definitely use it liberally: in the morning, in the evening, on the decolleté, on the body… You’ll have enough in there! 😉
For my dehydrated combo skin, it really helps to maintain my hydration without feeling heavy on the skin and I also feel that it boosts the effectiveness of the products I apply afterwards.
For a super minimal routine, I sometimes used just this mist, a moisturizer and my sunscreen, and that’s it! My skin felt comfortable all day.
I really appreciate its antioxidant protection. I talk about it regularly. You know that I systematically include antioxidant products in my routines (especially in the morning). I usually apply an antioxidant serum but this mist can totally replace this kind of product! As I said before, this is a proper treatment (don’t be fooled by its liquid texture, it’s concentrated!).
Antioxidants are important to me because they are preventive ingredients that help to protect against accelerated skin aging. Clearly, with antioxidants, I’m investing in the future of my skin! Since I’ve been using them for about 15 years and my skin is not too saggy for my age (41), I really think they work 😜
And finally, this mist has a very effective soothing effect! And since I’ve finally started to use tretinoin a few weeks ago, I can tell you that I greatly appreciate its immediate calming effect! It refreshes right away and I don’t hesitate to use it whenever my skin needs it (you can use it during the day if you want).
Given its size, it usually lasts me several months, even if I use it generously. It’s a little expensive at first but considering its size, the quantity/price ratio is fairly good!
For me, this NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist ticks many boxes of a great skincare product:
- it’s effective (moisturizing, soothing and anti-oxidant),
- it’s easy and enjoyable to use (I can include it in my routine super easily and it’s a lovely feeling),
- it lasts a long time, and has a good quantity/price ratio.
In short, I will continue to repurchase it and use it in my routine!
Product Review in detail
NIOD Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM2)
"The Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM2) is a skincare mist with new generation antioxidants.
It protects the skin from oxidative stress, water loss and inflammation, all of which contribute to visible skin damage over time."
I love this mist!
$45 - $50
- high-performance ingredients,
- the triple action: antioxidant, soothing and moisturizing,
- the mist format, super nice to use (especially in this season),
- it's massive (240ml) which allows you to be generous in your application!
- maybe the initial purchase price, but considering the quantity of product, it's still acceptable in the end, IMO!
Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist (SDSM2)
A transparent plastic bottle with a spray nozzle.
A fine and refreshing mist!
– all skin types,
– dehydrated skin,
– sensitive skin.
– redness, sensitivity,
– anti-aging prevention.
I use the SDSM2 morning and/or evening, on clean skin, after I’ve used a light exfoliating toner and my vitamin C serum, but before my other targeted skincare products (my serums and oils) and my moisturizer.
I spray the mist on my face, including my eye area and neck (3 to 4 times).
I then massage it into my skin, applying light pressure with the palms of my hands until they absorb the product.
You can also use it during the day if the skin feels tight. It’s also possible to use it on the body.
The formula for SDSM2 Mist is relatively simple, but the ingredients are potent!
– first, there is the famous Superoxide Dismutase, a stable enzyme derived from yeast, which will help the body protect itself against oxidation. It also has a powerful anti-inflammatory and soothing effect!
– then there’s purified North American Four O’clock Flower water: this ingredient derived from an Aztec plant helps to reduce inflammation and therefore has a very soothing effect.
– some marine exopolysaccharides (from sustainable sources/ bio-fermentation), which prevent the skin from losing water,
– and mineral extracts of malachite: a rock with antioxidant properties that protects against free radical damage and gives the SDSM2 its beautiful turquoise colour,
– there are finally moisturizing arginine and glycerine.
Aqua (Water), Superoxide Dismutase, Malachite Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Mirabilis Jalapa Extract, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Arginine, Propanediol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Salicylate, Gellan Gum, Sodium Chloride, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
Ingredients not included
– mineral oil,