Niod Survival 30: More Than A Sunscreen?

by Gio
niod survival 30 review

Niod Survival 30 is a sunscreen on steroids.

It doesn’t just protect you from UV rays. It also has a ton of antioxidants and other cool technologies that strengthen your skin’s defences against environmental assaults.

And it’s super lightweight. No greasy feeling. No white cast (at least, not on pale skin). Is this the perfect sunscreen?

Zinc Oxide + Titanium Dioxide

If you’re a regular here, you know zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are my fave UV filters. Here’s what makes these two white minerals so special:

  • They protect you from both UVA and UVB rays: ok, titanium dioxide protects you from some UVA rays and all UVB rays but still… compare that with chemical UV filters that only protect you from one or the other. No wonder you need to use 4 or 5 of them to get some proper sun protection!
  • They’re gentle on the skin: a lot of chemical UV filters are irritating or cause allergies. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide don’t. They’re so gentle, you can use them even on babies (after they turn 6 months old!).
  • They don’t generate free radicals: some chemical UV filters can do that. Sure, you can use antioxidants to neutralise them but isn’t it better to use UV filters that don’t do that in the first place?
  • They break down slowly: all UV filters are broken down and slowly deactivated by sunlight (that’s why you have to reapply them). But zinc oxide and titanium dioxide break down more slowly so you can get away with reapplying them a little less often.

While we’re on the subject, mineral filters like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide work just like chemical filters: they absorb UV rays and transform them into a less damaging form of heat (energy). The difference? Mineral UV filters also reflect and scatter away a small amount of UV rays. They do double duty. 🙂

The catch? Mineral filters can be thick, greasy and leave a ghostly white cast on the skin. Niod fixes some of that mess with the next group of ingredients…

Related: Mineral Vs Chemical Sunscreen: Which One Should You Choose?


I know, I know. Some of you don’t want anything to do with silicones. But, in this case, they’re here for a good reason.

The high-volatility (i.e. a fancy way to say they evaporate quickly when applied onto the skin) of the silicones used here makes the formula lightweight, non-greasy and easy to spread on the skin.

If that’s what it takes to make mineral sunscreen an actual pleasure to use, I’m down with that.

Related: Are Silicones Bad For Skin?

Antioxidants & Probiotics

There are too many to mention them all without boring you to death, so here are the highlights:

  • Purified Lutein: a carotenoid antioxidants that fights free radicals and protects against UVB-induced photo damage
  • Superoxide Dismutase: a powerful antioxidant that destroys Superoxide, the worst family of free radicals out there. It also reduces inflammation.
  • Prebiotic Complex of Gluco-Oligosaccharides and Inulin: UV rays can kill some of the good bacteria on your skin. This probiotic complex supports these good bacteria, keeping your skin strong and healthy.
  • Alteromonas ferment: a type of algae that forms a physical shield that protects skin from pollution. It also hydrates skin.

All together, these antioxidants and probiotics strengthen your skin’s natural defences against UV rays, pollution, climate changes and all the other environmental factors that can damage it. That’s how they keep your skin smooth, young and healthy.

Related: Is Superoxide Dismutase The Most Powerful Antioxidant Of All?

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

Niod Survival 30 isn’t a tinted sunscreen. It’s true it’s a light beige in colour but that doesn’t provide any coverage. As soon as you apply it, the colour blends into the skin and disappears.

At least, it does on me. I haven’t tried it on dark skin so I can’t guarantee it won’t look ashy on darker skin tones. But on fair to medium skin, it doesn’t leave any white or ashy cast behind.

The texture is incredibly lightweight and an absolute pleasure to use. I’ve used plenty of mineral sunscreens in the past but texture-wise, this is the one that comes closer to the lightweight, fluid texture of chemical sunscreens we all love so much.

I can easily build it up without making a shiny, greasy mess on my face. The finish is actually semi-matte. My oily T-zone likes it as much as my drier cheeks.

But what about sun protection? I’ve been using it for the past month. Amid the rain, we had some beautiful summer days when the sun shone brightly and I felt my skin was well-protected. I didn’t get a tan or anything like that. Yay!

If you’ve avoided mineral sunscreens in the past because of their white, greasy textures, you need to try this. You’ll fall in love with it too, I promise.

I just wish Niod made a bigger version for the body as well. 🙂

Available at: £25.00 at Beauty Bay, Cult Beauty and Feel Unique

Have you tried the Niod survival range? Share your experience in the comments below.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water), Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Glycerin, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Propanediol, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate 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

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K June 2, 2018 - 8:06 am

How much do you need to apply in order to achieve the advertised SPF?

Gio June 8, 2018 - 1:38 pm

K, as much as any other sunscreen: 2 mg/cm2.

Tatiana June 2, 2018 - 10:50 pm

Love it!
Can i use vitamin C under? Does it have enough antioxidants to skip vita C ?

Gio June 8, 2018 - 1:38 pm

Tatiana, yes, you can use it both with or without vitamin C.

Elizabeth June 17, 2018 - 10:47 am

Do you apply this before or after moisturiser?

Gio June 22, 2018 - 10:35 am

Elizabeth, I used it after.

Sana S D August 20, 2018 - 9:45 am

Hi there, I just have a question about this. As Survival contains anti oxidants, can it be used with EUK 134? Is there a point in doing that? Also can survival be used with a CEF formula like Paula’s Choice c15? (Although not with EUK at the same time – I mean CEF and survival in the morning and EUK at night)


Gio September 7, 2018 - 1:36 pm

Sana, yes that’s ok. The more antioxidants your skin has, the better.

Danielle February 12, 2019 - 7:44 pm

Hi Gio
Thank you for your great website and helpful articles.
I was just wondering can I use Vitamin C with this? I read on the Ordinary EUK 134 info that acids like vitamin C knock out Superoxide Dismutase and this product contains it. I don’t want to cause any bad reactions on my skin! Would love your feed back.

Gio February 15, 2019 - 1:38 pm

Danielle, if that is a concern for you, you can always use vitamin C at night.

MH March 17, 2019 - 5:20 pm

Is it ok to add some pigment to it? Like a Cover FX cover drops?

Gio March 21, 2019 - 2:03 pm

MH, nooo, never mix SPF with anything or you’ll dilute it!

Adela June 7, 2019 - 8:34 pm

It is ok to use it after niacinamide? Thank you!

Gio July 6, 2019 - 12:04 pm

Adela, you can use niaciamide with anything!

Anna June 18, 2019 - 7:06 am

Hi! Do you notice anything about this that might affect acne-prone skin? I’m trying to decide between purchasing this or the Ordinary’s Mineral UV filters

Gio July 6, 2019 - 12:16 pm

Anna, as long as your skin doesn’t have a problem with zinc, there’s nothing here that could upset it. The texture’s lighter than The Ordinary sunscreen too.


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