They’ve certainly got one thing in common: they both use TWO forms of vitamin A. The SAME two forms of vitamin A. You know how rare that is? I mean, most brands won’t give you even one… 🙄
But is that enough to consider them dupes and make the switch? Let’s find out…
Let’s face it: when you think of vitamin A, you think of retinol. It’s the OTC gold standard for antiaging. And for a good reason. Or three:
- Antioxidant: it destroys free radicals before they can give you wrinkles and dark spots
- Collagen booster: it makes skin produce more collagen, so it stays firmer and younger for longer
- Cellular turnover: it speeds up the skin’s natural exfoliating process, fading away fine lines and discolourations
The catch? Retinol is irritating. It can cause stinging, peeling and flaking. That’s why I always tell you to start with the smallest concentration you can find and slowly work your way up.
There’s another way: microencapsulation. In plain English, pure retinol is put into small capsules that release it into the skin over a period of several hours instead than hitting you all at once.
Your skin still get its retinol fix. You don’t get the irritation. Win win.
Related: The Complete Guide To Retinol
In case you’re wondering where the Granactive Retinoid in name of The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion comes from, that’s how the brand calls Hyxdroxypinacolone Retinoate.
Indeed Labs has a different nickname for it: Retinol RA (Rapid Action). That’s cos, unlike retinol, hydroxypinacolone retinoate doesn’t need to be converted to retinoic acid to work its magic on your face.
Either way, it’s the same thing: a new form of vitamin A that was developed to get all the benefits of retinol without any of the side effects.
Brands want you think they work the same way. And that may very well be true. But because Granactive Retinoid is so new, we don’t have any independent studies confirming their claims.
I’m sure it does something: all forms of vitamin A do have an effect on wrinkles, discolourations and even acne. But, until we know for certain just how effective it is, I’m glad both brands paired it with old good, tried-and-tested, retinol.
What Else Do You Need To Know?
Indeed Labs Retinol Reface has a heavier silicone base. I personally love it. It makes the cream go on so smoothly and your skin feels as soft as a baby’s afterwards. But if you don’t dig silicones, it’s not for you.
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulusion focuses more on reducing inflammation. It has bisabobol (the stuff that makes chamomile so soothing) and Tasmania pepper to calm down irritations and neutralise any potential side effects.
One more thing: I’ve tried both products and even though they have the same active ingredients, Indeed Labs Retinol Reface packs a bigger punch.
Which Of The Two Should You Go For?
It depends on your needs. Go with The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion if:
- You have sensitive skin
- You’re still building tolerance to retinol
- You hate the feel of heavy silicone creams
Opt for Indeed Labs Retinol Reface if:
- You’re a retinol pro ready to go to the next level
- Want more collagen boosters in your skincare
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Is The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion A Dupe For Indeed Labs Retinol Reface?
I wouldn’t say The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is an exact dupe for Indeed Labs Retinol Reface. But it’s a gentler version that will give you the same results without any peeling or irritation.
Indeed Labs Retinol Reface Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Caprylyl Methicone, Cetyle Alcohol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Cetearyl Glucoside, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, 4-T-Butylcyclohexanol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soya (Soybean) Oil, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Polysorbate 80, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Retinol, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Acacia Senegal Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Tocopherol
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Ethyl Linoleate, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Bisabolol, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Retinol, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-12, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Carrageenan, Xanthan gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Cetyl Palmitate, Sucrose Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Isoceteth-20, Behentrimonium Chloride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium EDTA, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin
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