niod multi-molecular hyaluronic complex review

NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (MMHC2 for short) is a Hyaluronic Acid serum on steroids.

Trust me, I’ve tried A LOT of Hyaluronic Acid serums over the years BUT none left my skin so hydrated and plump like this baby.

Its secret? It uses 15 forms of hyaluronic acid. 15!!! Your skin can’t get more hydration than that!

What’s In NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex?


Take a look at your hyaluronic acid serums. Can you see Hyaluronic Acid in the ingredients list?

Most of the time, you won’t. Nope, the brand isn’t lying. It’s just using the sodium salt of Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate. It works, just not as well as direct Hyaluronic Acid.

NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex features both: 1% direct Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate and 13 more forms of Hyaluronic Acid and Hyaluronic Acid precursors. 

In other words, if an ingredient is even loosely related to Hyaluronic Acid, you’ll find it here. But what’s so special about Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic Acid is a moisture magnet. It can attract water from the air and bind it into the skin. But most of the time, it simply takes moisture from the deepest layers of the skin and brings it to the surface layers.

It’s not as drying as it seems. Your body is made up of 60% water, so you can transfer a little around without causing any problems.

The real problem is that Hyaluronic Acid is too big to penetrate skin. It just stays on the surface, hydrating the top layers.

Unless you chop it up into tiny little pieces that can penetrate skin easily. That’s why NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex has so many forms of Hyaluronic Acid.

Each of them has a different molecular level that can reach a different layer of the skin. In another words, all these different forms of Hyaluronic Acid mean that every layer of your skin gets all the hydration it needs.

Here’s what skin does with all this extra hydration:

  1. Reduces roughness: Hydration makes skin softer to the touch
  2. Plumping action: Hydration plumps up skin so that your fine lines and wrinkles look smaller
  3. Brightens skin: Hydration gives skin a translucent, dewy glow (it’s why Korean women are obsessed with hydration)

Hydration is the foundation of a good skincare routine. If your skin doesn’t have enough moisture of its own, or the colder winter weather is robbing you of it, adding a Hyaluronic Acid serum into your skincare routine is a must.

Related: What’s Hyaluronic Acid And Why Should You Use It?

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The texture is lightweight, almost watery and sinks into my skin immediately.


NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex doesn’t have the best smell, but I don’t mind. It’s fragrance-free so what you’re smelling is the ingredients that make it up. I’d rather smell that than a pleasant scent that could irritate my skin. Plus, it doesn’t linger around for long.

How To Use It

Morning and/or night, before moisturiser.

Performance & Personal Opinion

I use NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex at night and when I wake up, my skin’s the softest it has ever been.

Then, I give my skin a second dose in the morning. It’s winter and my skin needs all the hydration it can find! Since I’ve started using this, I can spend hours outside without my skin getting dry. The hydration lasts all day.

But my fave part is how small it makes my fine lines look. All that extra hydration plumps up my skin, so my cheeks looks plumper and the fine lines on my forehead are barely visible.

If you have dry or dehydrated skin, you NEED this. If you have oily skin, grab a bottle too. Hyaluronic Acid is a great way to hydrate skin WITHOUT adding more oil to it. Heck, you may find you don’t even need moisturiser afterwards!

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Who Is This For?

Everyone can use it, but it’s mostly suitable for dry and dehydrated skin.

Who Is This NOT For?

Unless you’re allergic to one of the ingredients, everyone can use it.


NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex is available in two sizes: 15 ml and 30 ml. I have the smaller size.

As a skincare blogger, I try so many products, I can never finish anything. So I appreciate NIOD making a smaller size I can go through quickly.

Plus, it’s great for travelling. But if I weren’t a skincare blogger, I’d totally go for the bigger size. 🙂

Does NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex Live Up To Its Claims?

The formula offers a multi-dimensional approach to topical hyaluronic supplementation by combining 15 forms of hyaluronic compounds, hyaluronic precursors and a hyaluronic support technology in a peptide-charged delivery system. It offers water-based hydration and helps skin surface look plump, elastic, comfortable and uniform. True.
The formula also contains a hyaluronic support system of adaptogenic water-starved clary sage flavonoids, phenylethanoid glycosides from narrow leaf plantain and several dermal amino acids. This complex system acts as a non-clogging, water-protective barrier to optimize the function of hyaluronic compounds and help support dermal water retention.True.

Price & Availability

15 ml, £25.00; 30 ml, £38.00 at Asos, Beauty Bay, and Cult Beauty

Do You Need It?

Yes! If you’re looking for a Hyaluronic Acid serum, this is the best I’ve found so far (and I don’t use the word “best” lightly).

Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua (Water), Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Butyroyl Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Salvia Sclarea Extract, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, PCA, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sodium Lactate, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Algae Extract, Sodium Salicylate, Lecithin, Polyglucuronic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sclerotium Gum, Pullulan, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Citric Acid, Magnesium Chloride, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Ethoxydiglycol, Propyl Gallate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.