Indeed Labs - Retinol Reface Retinol Skin Resurfacer

Indeed Labs Retinol Reface Retinol Skin Resurfacer

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • hydroxypinacolone retinoate
  • retinol
  • palmitoyl oligopeptide
  • palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cetyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • dimethicone crosspolymer
  • glycerin
  • glycine soja oil
  • tocopherol
  • +8 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"It aims to reduce the look of acnes scares while improving skin's overall texture and tone."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: hydroxypinacolone retinoate, retinol. These ingredients is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Retinol Reface Retinol Skin Resurfacer"
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains hydroxypinacolone retinoate, retinol.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Harnessing the powers of a Tri-Retinol formula, the slow-release serum works around the clock to target the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, UV damage and acne scarring."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: hydroxypinacolone retinoate, retinol.

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: retinol.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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MEDIUM
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What does the product description say?
"Additionally, it enhances skin tone, hydration, elasticity, firmness, radiance, and brightness."
WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: glycerin, butylene glycol.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: dimethicone, glycine soja oil.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains antioxidants (retinol) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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HIGH
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
6.5% - 8%
An emollient that helps soften the skin. It also forms a protective on its surface to reduce water loss.
4.3% - 5.3%
Forms a protective film on the surface of the skin to prevent moisture loss. Gives a velvety feel to products while reducing tackiness
3.3% - 4%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
2.4% - 2.9%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
2% - 2.4%
A type of silicone that helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a nice product finish on the skin
1.7% - 2%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
1.5% - 1.8%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.3% - 1.5%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
1% - 1.2%
Used to preserve products, dissolve other ingredients and create a nice product texture
0.75% - 1.1%
Used to create a thicker product texture. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and might be able to prevent moisture loss from its surface
0.6% - 0.85%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
0.5% - 0.8%
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps water and oil in the product mix well together and improves product texture
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.55% - 0.8%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.4% - 0.65%
Improves the texture of the product and helps soften the skin. Helps oil and water mix together and can be used as a cleansing agent
0.5% - 0.75%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.3% - 0.6%
A derivative of the most potent form of vitamin A, retinoic acid. The ingredient can be sold under name Granactive Retinoid. Note that if a skincare brand discloses the concentration of Granactive Retinoid in a product, the concentration refers to a diluted form of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate: 1% of Granactive Retinoid corresponds to 0.1% of Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate. Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR) is a unique derivative of retinoic acid because it can directly work in the skin and does not require additional conversion steps. According to studies done by the manufacturer on models of human skin (not real people), this derivative is more effective than other cosmetic versions of retinoids (such as retinol, retinaldehyde, and retinyl palmitate), and, at the same time, causes less irritation. It has been also demonstrated to be more stable than retinol which makes formulating with easier and increases the chances that a product with it will maintain its effectiveness after opening. The packaging should still ideally be air-tight. HPR is available over the counter in the EU, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, but is only with a prescription in Canada.
0.05% - 0.1%
Helps water and oil mix together
0.3% - 0.55%
A good emollient that helps soften the skin and helps repair its barrier function
0.25% - 0.5%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.3% - 0.55%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps mask the small of other ingredients and improve the product texture
0.2% - 0.35%
0.15% - 0.3%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.15% - 0.3%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.1% - 0.2%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.2%

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