The Complete Guide To Indeed Labs: What To Buy & What To Avoid

by Gio
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What are the best Indeed skincare product?

The Canadian brand first made waves with Nanoblur, a potion that makes you look Facetuned in real life. Who needs a filter when you have Photoshop in a bottle?

Since then, they launched a skincare range that gives you powerful actives at affordable prices. Their mission? To give real results to real people.

They get it right… most of the time. Here’s the complete guide to ALL Indeed Laboratories skincare products. Find out what’s worth the little splurge, what’s best to avoid, and what’s just meh…

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The Best Indeed Laboraties Skincare Products

Best For AntiAging: Indeed Retinol Reface™ ($19.99)

Indeed Retinol Reface™ is my fave product from the entire range. It’s an open secret that retinol (and other forms of Vitamin A) is the only thing proven to reduce wrinkles so far. This formula combines retinol with granactive retinoid and a retinol-like peptide to slow down aging in three ways: it neutralises free radicals before they give you wrinkles; it speeds up skin’s natural exfoliating process to brighten the complexion, and it boosts collagen for firmer skin. The only problem? It’s harsh. If you’re new to retinol, this will likely cause stinging, peeling, and irritation. Start with a gentler product and work your way up to this.

Available at: Look Fantastic

Related: My Full Review Of Indeed Retinol Reface™

Best Antiaging For Sensitive Skin: Indeed Bakuchiol Reface™ Pads ($19.99)

Let’s get one thing straight: Bakuchiol isn’t the miracle alternative to retinol marketers are making it out to be. But it IS a good alternative if you’re pregnant or have very sensitive skin that can’t tolerate retinol at all. Studies show that it reduces wrinkle surface area and hyperpigmentation without irritating or drying out skin (common side effects of retinol). Indeed Bakuchiol Reface™ Pads go a step further: they’re also loaded with niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3 that does anything you want it to: it hydrates skin, fights wrinkles, fades away dark spots, treats acne, and even soothes irritations. The best part? They’re 100% biodegradable.

Available at: Asos

Related: The Complete Guide To Niacinamide: What It Is, What It Does, And How To Use It

Best For Dry Skin: Indeed Hydraluron™ Intense Moisture Lotion ($24.99)

Is your skin thirsty for moisture all the time? Indeed Hydraluron™ Intense Moisture Lotion can quench it. It uses a blend of high, medium and low molecular weights of hyaluronic acid to hydrate every layer of skin. Hyaluronic acid is a moisture magnet that attracts and binds to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water. Can you imagine how much moisture 3 forms can give to your skin? Plus, it has its fair share of natural butters and oils to lock all this extra moisture in. The texture? Lotion-like and fast-absorbing.

Available at: Asos and Ulta

Related: The Best Skincare Routine For Dry Skin

Best For Dehydrated Skin: Indeed Hydration Booster ($24.99)

Did you know anyone can get dehydrated skin – even oily skin? Humectants are the perfect fix. Glycerin and co attract moisture from the air and dump it into your skin, keeping it hydrated without adding more oil to it (the last thing oily skin needs). Plus, Indeed Hydration Booster has niacinamide, a multitasker that hydrates, soothes, brightens and even fights wrinkles… No matter your skin type, niacinamide can only help.

Available at: Asos and Ulta

Related: Indeed Hydration Booster Full Review

Best Facial Oil For Everyone: Indeed Squalane Facial Oil ($19.99)

Indeed Squalene Facial Oil is one of the few oils that everyone can use. Yes, even if you have oily skin or fungal acne. Squalane is very similar to human sebum, so it sinks in quacky into without leaving a greasy trail all over your skin. It strengthens your skin’s protective barrier, so that moisture stays in – just where it needs to be to keep your skin soft and moisturised for hours. The best part? It’s non-comedogenic.

Available at: Look Fantastic and Ulta

Related: All You Ever Wanted To Know About Squalane Oil In Skincare

Best For Brightening Skin: Indeed Pepta-Bright™ ($24.99)

Forget the peptides in the name. They refer to the old formula. The new version of Indeed Pepta-Bright™ barely contains any! Instead, it uses a mix of skin-brighteners – Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine, Phenyethyl Resorcinol, and Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate – to fade away dark spots. Although not as studied or effective as hydroquinone, initial research show they can stop skin from producing too much melanin, the root cause of hyperpigmentation. If your dark spots are fairly new, it’s well worth a try.

Available at: Indeed Labs

Related: Battle Of The Skin-Lighteners: What Is The Best Alternative To Hydroquinone?

Best For Hiding Imperfections: Indeed Nanoblur™ ($19.99)

Indeed Nanoblur™ is the product that put the brand on the beauty map. It uses a combination of silicones and film formers to fill in every nook and crevice in your skin. It blurs away large pores, makes wrinkles look smaller, and just smoothens out your skin’s texture. The catch? It has no skincare benefits (doesn’t moisturise or fights wrinkles). It just creates a smoother canvas that makes you look like you’re wearing an Instagram filter in real life. It dries to a matte finish that’s more suitable for oily skin, but everyone can use it – just moisturise beforehand!

P.S. Nanoblur™ also comes in a different shades to counteract different tones in your skin. Green neutralises redness; Peach brightens dark circles; Purple brightens sallow skin; and Yellow evens out discolourations.

Available at: Look Fantastic

Related: Are Silicones Good Or Bad For Skin?

Best For Sensitive Skin: Indeed 10 Balm™ ($19.99)

Indeed 10 Balm™ is a godsend for sensitive skin. This moisturising lotion is packed to the brim with 10 of nature’s most soothing ingredients. Highlights include everything bees make (honey, propolis and royal jelly) as well as bisabolol, the skin-soother that gives chamomile its famous anti-inflammatory properties. All together, they help reduce redness and irritation, and protect sensitive, damaged skin as it heals. Did I mention it’s fragrance-free, too?

Available at: Asos

Related: 9 Soothing Ingredients To Calm Down Sensitive & Irritated Skin

Best For Your Body: Indeed 10 Balm™ Body Lotion ($24.99)

Did you know Indeed 10 Balm™ is so soothing, people used it on their body, too? Indeed got the message and created a separate version for your body called 10 Balm™ Body Lotion. Similar to the original, it uses a blend of natural oils to strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and nature’s skin soothers (like bisabolol) to calm down redness and irritation. FYI, if you already have a face cream, you don’t need to invest in the body lotion, too. They’re both moisturising and soothing, so pick the one you like best for your needs.

Available at: Boots

Best For Lips: Indeed Hydraluron™+ Volumising Lip Treatment ($14.99)

Let’s get one thing straight: there’s nothing in Indeed Hydraluron™+ Volumising Lip Treatment that mimics hyaluronic acid injections. A lip balm can’t give you the same results as a filler. But you’re smart. You already knew that. Still, this is a worth a go simply because of how moisturizing it is. It’s packed with natural butters + hyaluronic acid, a combination that makes lips softer, smoother and kissable… And yes, a little bit plumper, too.

Available at: Ulta

Related: The Best Lip Balms For Chapped Lips

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The Ok Indeed Laboratories Skincare Products

Indeed Vitamin C24 ($24.99)

Indeed Vitamin C24 contains 22% L-Ascorbic Acid, the pure form of Vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant can fight off free radicals, boosts collagen, and fade away dark spots. It comes in a siliconey, water-free texture that keeps it stable and effective – no need to worry it’ll go bad within two months. 2% Hyaluronic Acid hydrates skin, keeping it soft and supple. The serum works, no doubt about it. So, why didn’t it make it onto the best list? Studies show Vitamin C is even more effective when paired with Vitamin E and ferulic. Sadly, they’re nowhere to be found here.

P.S. Not everyone can tolerate 22% L-Ascorbic Acid. If you have sensitive skin, start with a lower concentration and work your way up slowly.

Available at: Asos, Look Fantastic, and Ulta

Related: The Complete Guide To Vitamin C: What It Is, What It Does, And How To Use It

Indeed Collagen Booster ($24.99)

Indeed Collagen Booster has a lot going for it. The lightweight milky serum absorbs quickly into the skin, giving it an instant plumping effect that can temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it has its fair share of phospholipids, a family of moisturisers that strengthen the skin’s protective barrier to keep your skin soft and hydrated for hours. There’s just nothing here that can boost collagen and unsag skin.

Available at: Asos and Ulta

Related: 8 Science-Backed Ways To Rebuild Lost Collagen For Firmer, Younger-Looking Skin

Indeed Clarify Facial Oil ($24.99)

I’m on the fence about Indeed Clarify Facial Oil. On the one hand, it has salicylic acid, an oil-soluble exfoliant that can get inside the pores and remove all the gunk that’s clogging them up and giving you wrinkles. If you have acne-prone skin, this acid is your new BFF. On the other, I’m not sure it’s a good idea to use it in an oily base. Argan oil is fairly lightweight and touted as non-comedogenic, but any oil has the potential to clog pores. It’s one of those products you have no idea if they’re good or bad for you until you try them (it really depends on how well YOUR skin can tolerate oils).

Available at: Boots

Related: The Best Facial Oils For Oily Skin

Indeed Hydraluron™ Moisture Jelly ($24.99)

Dry, dull skin that feels tight all the time? Indeed Hydraluron™ Moisture Jelly uses a blend of humectants (ingredients that can draw moisture from the environment into the skin) like glycerin, urea, and hyaluormic acid. Together, they add a ton of moisture to your skin to make it look healthier and younger. Moisture plumps up skin so you fine lines and wrinkles look smaller; it softens the texture of your skin; and it gives your skin a dewy glow. The catch? Hydrating skin is all this moisturiser does.

Available at: Asos, Look Fantastic, and Ulta

Related: What The Heck Are Humectants And Why Do You Need Them In Your Skincare Routine?

Indeed Hydraluron™ Moisture Serum ($24.99)

With Indeed Hydraluron™ Moisture Serum, you get what you see. It’s a basic hyaluronic acid serum that adds a ton of moisture to the skin. This moisture than makes skin softer, plumper, and brighter. If you’re looking for a hydrating serum that doesn’t break the bank, this is worth a try. Don’t just expect it to do anything more than hydrating skin.

Available at: Look Fantastic and Ulta

Related: Why You Need Hyaluronic Acid In Your Skincare Routine, No Matter Your Skin Type

Indeed Mineral Booster ($24.99)

Indeed Mineral Booster promises to harness the power of minerals – zinc, copper, and magnesium, to be exact – to “improve circulation, drain and detoxify skin tissues, reduce oxidative stress and protect the skin against glycation”. It simply doesn’t live up to the hype. These minerals may do all this when you eat them. In skincare, they only act as antioxidants, fighting off free radicals before they give you wrinkles. It’s an important job, but is it enough to make you want to buy it? Me, I’m sticking to retinol and Vitamin C.

Available at: Asos and Ulta

Related: Does Zinc Help Treat Acne?

Indeed Q10 Booster ($24.99)

Indeed Q10 Booster is an antioxidant serum that helps you fight premature aging. The star of the show is Coenzyme Q10 (a.k.a. Ubiquinone), but the booster also has a sprinkle of Vitamins C and E. All together, they neutralize free radicals before they have the chance to give you wrinkles and dark spots. They come in a lightweight texture that sinks in quickly without leaving a tacky residue behind. So why am I not giving it a higher rating? I just wish it contained more antioxidants. Three is more than most serums out there have, but you can do better.

Available at: Indeed Labs

Related: Is Coenzyme Q10 The Best Antioxidant Of All?

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The Indeed Laboratories Skincare Products I Don’t Recommend

Indeed Snoxin II™ ($29.99)

Indeed Snoxin II™ proudly proclaims to be a “safer, milder and more affordable alternative to needles and plastic surgery.” Needless to say, that’s nonsense. So, what can it do? The moisturizing, gel-like texture is loaded with peptides that may help keep your skin younger for longer. MATRIXYL synthe’6 helps improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles; Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Noleucene Acetate aids the skin’s natural exfoliating process; and Mu-conotoxin CNIIC prevents muscles from contracting, so they can’t form wrinkles in the first place. Too bad studies on peptides come mostly from the manufacturers. Until independent research confirms all this, don’t waste your money on peptide serums.

Related: The Truth About Peptides: Do They Really Work?

Indeed Exfoliator II ($24.99)

Indeed Exfoliator II is a hybrid exfoliant that wants to do it all… and ends up doing nothing well. In theory, it exfoliates skin in three ways. Physical: rice powder manually removes dead cells from the surface of your skin – but, like all types of physical exfoliation, can be irritating. Enzymes: pineapple enzymes speed up the skin’s natural exfoliating process – but they’re very unstable and become useless quickly. Chemical: malic acid dissolves the glue that holds skin cells together – but is very weak and usually only adjusts the pH of skincare products. Save the money and invest in a leave-in exfoliant with glycolic acid (dry skin), salicylic acid (oily skin), or lactic acid (sensitive skin).

Related: How To Choose The Right Exfoliator For Your Skin Type

Indeed Eysilix II™ ($24.99)

I’ve said many times before on this blog: you do NOT need a separate eye cream. As long as your facial moisturiser isn’t too rich for your eye area, you can slather it all over and call it a day. Indeed Eysilix II™ does what your day/night cream does anyway: it has a bunch of moisturizing oils and butters to keep skin soft and smooth and a sprinkle of antioxidants to fight premature wrinkles. Indeed also added a bunch of peptides to fight dark circles… Too bad they don’t really work. Truth bomb: if an eye cream could really treat dark circles, no one would have them anymore!

Related: Why You Do NOT Need A Separate Eye Cream For The Delicate Eye Area

Indeed NoAcid Pads ($19.99)

Indeed NoAcid Pads promises to exfoliate skin without the use of acids. How? Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, a new type of probiotic that “positively influences both the speed and quality of epidermal growth” for better barrier function. According to the manufacturer, it can break down the glue that holds skin cells together, so they can slough off and reveal the brighter and smoother skin underneath. It looks promising, but until I came across independent studies supporting these claims, I can’t recommend it.

Related: The Truth About Probiotics In Skincare: Do They Really Work?

Indeed Radiance Booster ($24.00)

Indeed Radiance Booster isn’t a bad product. It’s just terribly underwhelming. Its promises: “restores luminosity, promotes even skin tone and recaptures the appearance of a healthy, youthful complexion.” Aut a look at the formula shows it can only hydrate skin. Meh…

What do you think are the best Indeed skincare products? Share your picks in the comments below.

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