Review: DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins #DECIEM #NIOD #SanskritSaponins #Cleanser #CleansingBalm

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3 fl.oz.oz./90mL $28.00

Cleaning started with water. Its evolution brought soap. It was later presented that soap was harsh and soap-free surfactants (detergents) were introduced. Those surfactants became questionable and newer sulfate-free surfactants were introduced, while, in fact, some sulfate surfactants were far gentler and more effective. It was then suggested that surfactants were bad in general and that oils should be used for cleaning the skin instead. The modern day has gone farther to introduce micellar waters and water-free cleaning systems suggesting that water-cleaning should be less frequent to preserve skin integrity, what has become the beginning of questioning the very thing that started both life and the meaning of being clean: water. The truth is that every advance in the journey of cleaning deserves respect. Each step criticized the previous step more so that it praised itself,  but the truth is that water is good, soaps are good, surfactants are good and what there is today is good, each in its own way.

Today, cleansing seems to be more focused on removing makeup than actually cleaning bare skin of dirt, of dead cells, and of oils. While many modern products remove makeup and surface dirt very effectively, they largely leave the pores unclean of bacteria, dirt and oils. Such products also leave spent cells more intact than even through water-cleaning, discouraging the skin to behave optimally. 
The alternative to these gentle cleaning products (or makeup removers) is the use of aggressive acids, alcohols and exfoliants. Products with these technologies go to the opposite extreme, they interact with the skin's bonds to peel the surface and/or specifically dry out as much oil as possible. This approach does clean the surface well but causes inflammation and encourages excess exposure of the skin's lower layers to the environment, allowing for premature ageing. In our distant past, plant saponins were used to clean the skin well, and they did so very well. These saponins clean the surface of dead cells without peeling the skin. They delete dirt. They clean pores intensely. And they remove the skin's own oils,  yes, the skin's very own oils and sebum secretions that everyone is so fearful of removing. The skin is not a cover. It is a living organ. Its function is to produce protective oils. To never clean these oils discourages their natural recycling, in a way, it would discourage the skin to engage in "exercise". And removing these oils too aggressively results in excessive dryness and a compensatory overproduction of oils.

DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins is a viscous and intense cleansing balm for the face, formultated with highly-concentrated and very-unrefined Ayurvedic plant surfactants that are not supported by any modern cleansing technology. Sanskrit Saponins contains no purified or synthetic surfactants, sulfates, oils, esters or micellar technologies. It is a pH-balanced suspension of the amino acid, Arginine, in saponins from the Ayurvedic plants shikakai and sapindus mukorossi. Sanskrit Saponins is a cleaning balm that concentrates Ayurvedic saponins. They're unrefined and messy. They borrow their colour and smell from a place far away from today's maddening crowd of refinement. But their near-perfect equilibrium between deep cleaning and respecting skin integrity is evidence that, somehow, somewhere, they are connected to humankind. With continued use, this product visibly targets all forms of build-up, blemishes, congestion and impurities. It is suitable for all skin types. After the first use, it leaves the skin looking nearly pore-free and its surface exceptionally cleaned, as if it's radiating from within.

Use once every other day in the AM or the PM. Sanskrit Saponins can be used more frequently if desired. It is not intended to remove makeup. If makeup is present, remove first with LVCE or a suitable makeup remover before using Sanskrit Saponins. Wet face thoroughly. Massage product between your palms for a few seconds to form a paste-like lather. Apply to the entire face and massage gently, avoiding the eyes. Rinse thoroughly, keeping your eyes closed. Dry with a towel. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Refer to the in-depth guide to patch testing. Keep out of reach of children.

While this is pH-balanced, plant saponins (and plants in general) can mildly irritate the eyes. While this sensitivity can be avoided by keeping your eyes closed during cleansing, if you develop any mild sensitivity around the eyes, it will disappear within a few minutes. Within the first few minutes after using Sanskrit Saponins, you may feel that your skin feels mildly dry. This temporary feeling is a direct result of the product having removed skin oils gently to encourage recycling of these oils. This feeling is very short-lived and, within a few minutes, you'll notice your skin returns to normal. For committed users of this cleansing balm, the product can be applied for a deeper cleaning treatment as follows: Remove any makeup. Clean the skin with water and dry with a towel. Wet the palms of your hand. Massage a generous amount of Sanskrit Saponins into your palms until a mild lather forms like a paste. Apply to dry skin, avoiding the eye areas entirely. Leave on for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with your eyes closed. Dry with a towel.

I love this product. It is so different than any other cleansers or cleansing balms I have ever tried before. The reason I like it so much is that it is so gentle on the skin yet does so much. It tackles the following: dead skin cell build-up, blemishes, congestion (blackheads) and impurities. All without drying out the skin. And there aren't any surfactants in it that cause that drying of the skin. I also like to use it as a cleansing mask by leaving it on the skin for 5 minutes. That really helps to detoxify the skin. This product does have a high price point, but it is in NIOD range of the DECIEM product lines. NIOD stands for Non-Invasive Options In Dermal Science. This is DECIEM's premium line of skincare products and they are definitely worth the price. Their premium regimen consists of the most premium quality ingredients at just the main ingredients without any fillers with products that will do exactly as they are supposed to do.

DECIEM NIOD Sanskrit Saponins retails for $28.00 and can be found online at www.deciem.com. Like DECIEM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deciem/ and Follow DECIEM on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deciem/

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzie










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