NIA 24 • Intensive Recovery Complex • Treatments
|Would buy this product again.||62%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I tried a sample packet which lasted me a few days. I use their Skin Strengthening Complex religiously, so I was curious how this compares. This cream is heavier and caused a few breakouts and/or irritation whereas the SSC never did. I didn't find the IRC made my skin look any better or more moisturized, in fact, I found it made it look worse (breakouts aside). I gladly went back to my tried and true SSC.
Age: Unknown Skin: Combination Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
This product is wonderful. Too much sun (I stopped sun worshipping ten years ago) had my skin looking wizened, aged, fragile. I have been using it for over a year now and it has made a huge difference (I put it on top of retin a at night). In fact this product has allowed me to be able to use retin A more often and more importantly, my skin is "no longer sensitive". The skin strengthening complex is also very good but this is much more moisturizing and at 53 I need moisture.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I like this cream. The Niacin is supposed to help thicken the skin and even out skin-tone. After using the whole pot I can say that it has made some difference to my skin. Perhaps thicker, definitely more resilient and clearer. The cream is almost a creme, similar texture to La Mer, but not as hydrating. I have dry skin and this didn't really make me glow liked I hoped it would. That said I think the benefits of niacin will help my disrupted skin barrier so that it will no longer need creams like La Mer in the future. Or so I hope.
It is quite expensive, and because I will probably use La Mer to hydrate, I will use the Skin Strengthening Complex instead.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
My boyfriend sells this product at his practice so he gave me this and the cleanser to try. This product broke me out so bad, I was so embarrassed with the huge cyst pimples on my jawline. I know the instructions warn about purging and how it has to get worse before it gets better etc etc but this was horrible. It took over a month to heal the damage caused by this. I still have a full jar of this and the cleanser and maybe in the future I'll give it another try but for now no way.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Black
I would not buy this product again b/c it did nothing for my melasma. It probably works well to people with just surface sun damage and epidermal melasma. I've been using it for 2 months with no real results. For $35 for just a sample is steep (it's a big sample though), but I'm glad I tried it nonetheless. I think it has definitely diminished a few red and broken capillaries I have near a giant acne scar I have, which is quite phenomenal.
Was thinking of giving this up for swap, but the jar it comes in is quite unsanitary so I will con't to use until it's all gone, but will not repurchase.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Medium Eyes: Blue
Oh. My. God. This. Cream. Works. I have a few spots of melasma, and didn't want to go with hydroquinone (Rx or OTC) due to rebound/safety issues. I had a series of in-office peels (3) and microdermabrasion (2) which, followed by using Skinceuticals Phyto+, helped a bit, but not much. So when I saw NIA 24 and read the reviews, I decided to give it a try. I got a sample from eBay and went for it. I've now been using it for about six weeks and would say that the darkness of the melasma has decreased by close to 40%. Incredible. Also, I've noticed that the few broken capillaries on my face have faded significantly and that my skin looks better overall--better hydrated, skintone more even in general, and just more "plump" and youthful. I did have some peeling at first, but that resolved very quickly (if you have dry skin, using it every other night is a great idea), but no flushing. This is a very thick, rich cream (lots of shea butter, which is what it smells like, but faintly), so while it may not be great for those of you with oily skin (the Skin Strengthening product from this line may be better), it's a wonder for my dry skin. It's not cheap at $110 for 1.7 oz., but it's cheaper than CDLM (which I was using and will probably continue to use occasionally) and a little goes a long, long way. It comes in a jar with a large cap (and an smaller inner liner to keep the product fresh) which takes up a lot of real estate in my cabinet, but I'll live with it for these results. I will continue to use this and report back on my progress.
7/31/10: I have continued to use this product at night while using up the eye cream, which didn't work well for me in the eye area, underneath sunscreen during the day. My hyperpigmentation continues to improve (when I had my physical recently, my doctor asked where it had been--she couldn't see it at all!), broken capillaries are almost invisible, pores look smaller, lines look less deep, and my skin has a "fullness" and glow. (The rest of my regimen includes PTR peel pads every other evening, Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash every other morning [after the PTR pad] alternating with Purity Made Simple, and Philosophy's Microdelivery Peel once every one - two weeks. My sunscreen/day cream is Clinique Cx Protective Base SPF 40.) My skin looks the best it has in *years.*
I think the most important thing if you opt to use this cream/the NIA line, as noted in the article below, is to commit to it. Two weeks of use will not yield results. You may have some flushing and tingling and dry skin when you start, but if you stick it out, you will see improvement in your skin. And again, if you have oily skin or are under 40 or so, you would probably be better served by another product or line. But for me and my issues, this *really* works.
Here's a great consumer-written article on the effects of this line on sun damage with continued use:
Here are the ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Myristyl Nicotinate (Pro-Niacin™), Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetracaprylate/Tetracaprate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Squalane, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Dimethicone, Tribehenin, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Ceramide 2, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Saccharide Isomerate, Isohexadecane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexyldecanol, Ceramide 3, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Ceratonia Siliqua (Locust Bean) Gum, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Cola Nitida Seed Extract, Paullinia Cupana Seed Extract, Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Bisabolol, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 80, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Extract *, Xanthan Gum, BHT, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Oily Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
My derm recommended this when I asked about something relatively inexpensive to even out my skin tone. This doesn't work quickly, and while it's not a cheap product, it costs far less than a laser peel (and with no redness). I've been using it for a few weeks now. My skin texture is much improved and my pores appear smaller. Best of all, it doesn't cause me to break out. I use this in the morning and Epiduo at night. I will definitely keep using this, but I will be buying it on the internet, where it is $20-$30 cheaper than buying it from my derm!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
I deleted my first review on this, because the category of the product wasn't correct. Originally, I placed this under the moisturizer category, and this is more like a treatment. This is a rich cream, but don't read into that as heavy. It penetrates leaving a protective barrier to help in the healing process.
Some of the key ingredients; 5% Pro-Niacin ( strengthens skin barrier & hyperpigmentation ), Sodium Hyaluronate ( locks in moisture ), Licorice Root Extract ( refines & brightens ), Dermaxyl Peptide and Ceramide 2 ( stimulates repair, smooth lines), Ceramide 3, ( helps reduce transepidermal water loss ).
My skin hasn't been totally neglected, but has suffered some sun damage ( texture has been slightly rough ) from my early years. There is some tingling and mild redness when first using this. That subsides after about 2 weeks of using. I also experienced some slight peeling the first 3-4 weeks of use. I suppose that is the reason it is called Intensive on the box, huh? The box states to use a dime size on the entire face, but my preference is a dime size on the forehead, both cheeks and blend in. Judging by my magnifying mirror this has improved my skins texture. It's looking more smooth and pores aren't quite so large.
This is really hard to fit into my budget, but love how it performs making it difficult to be w/out. I can't compare, Nia's Intensive Complex performance to other more expensive brands like, La Mer, La Prairie ( starting $170.00 on up ), they are simply out of my price range.
I can make the 1.7 oz. jar last about 8-10 weeks, and use the Nia 24 Skin Strenghtening for daytime use. That cuts down on use with both. I gave this four lippies for packaging ( jar ) and wish it came in a tube.