“What’s the best product to reduce wrinkles, Gio?”
I get this question ALL the time. As soon as I mention I’m a skincare junkie, everyone wants to know my anti-aging secrets.
My answer? Retinol (or any other form of vitamin A. It just happens that retinol is the most common). You can recognize a retinol face a mile off. It looks smoother, brighter and younger than its real age.
Retinol is SO good, once you’ve dipped your face in it for the first time, you’ll want to meet its siblings, too. Because, why stick to just one form of vitamin A when you can use two or three?
One word: irritation. Retinol is strong and strong in skincare often translates into dryness and flakiness.
Indeed Retinol Reface got around this by using retinol-like ingredients. This cream features, retinol, its natural alternative bakuchiol, and palmitoyl oligopeptide, a retinol-like peptide. Should you make the switch?
What’s In Indeed Retinol Reface?
RETINOL TO REDUCE WRINKLES
Retinol, like all forms of vitamin A, does wonders for your skin:
- It fights free radicals, preventing new wrinkles from forming
- It speeds up cellular turnover, helping to fade away wrinkles and dark spots faster
- It boosts the production of collagen, keeping your skin firm
- It helps treat acne
Basically, you’ll age better if you use it.
The catch? Retinol is irritating, especially when you use it for the first time. The trick is to start with a small dose a couple of times a week and build up both dose and frequency gradually.
Related: The Complete Guide To Retinol: What It Is, What It Does, And How To Use It
BAKUCHIOL TO FIGHT PREMATURE AGING
Derived from the seeds of Psoralea Corylifolia (a.k.a. Babchi), Bakuchiol is said to be the natural alternative to retinol.
Word on the street is that it gives you all the same anti-aging benefits without any of the irritating side effects. Is that too good to be true? Mmmmm….
Let’s be clear: chemically-speaking, Bakuchiol doesn’t resemble retinol at all. It just happens to regulate the behaviour of skin cells in a similar way.
Research shows that, just like retinol, Bakuchiol boosts the production of collagen and downregulates MMP (the enzyme that destroys collagen). More collagen = firmer skin.
A 12 week study that compared 0.5% Bakuchiol with 0.5% retinol found that “bakuchiol is comparable to retinol in its ability to improve photoaging and is better tolerated than retinol“.
Impressive, right? Keep in mind, it’s just one study. Retinol has decades of research backing up its effectiveness. To say that Bakuchiol is the natural alternative we were all waiting for is premature.
While we’re talking about Bakuchiol, initial research shows it also hydrates skin, fights free radicals, and has anti-bacterial properties that can help fight acne (but it works better when used with salicylic acid).
Bakuchiol is definitely a promising ingredient – and one you should keep an eye on. But I’m not throwing away my retinol serums just yet… It’s good Indeed Retinol Reface has both.
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PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-38 TO BOOST COLLAGEN
Like Bakuchiol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 (trade name MATRIXYL™ synthe’6) is said to be a retinol-like alternative, yet chemically-speaking, it has nothing in common with it.
The manufacturer claims this peptide can boost the production of 3 different types of collagen. Collagen is the protein that keeps your skin firm. More collagen = fewer wrinkles.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any independent studies supporting these claims. This doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. It’s just too premature to say it rivals retinol, yet.
Related: Peptides In Skincare: Do They Really Work?
SILICONES TO MINIMIZE IMPERFECTIONS
The base of this sunscreen is made up of silicones. It’s not as bad as you think. Silicones do a lot of good things in skincare:
- Enhance texture: They allow the cream to glide on smoothly, without tugging or pulling.
- Fill in fine lines and wrinkles: It’s a trick to make them look temporarily smaller.
- Softens skin: It makes it feel silky soft to the touch.
They don’t even cause pimples: silicones have a particular molecular structure made up of larger molecules with wider spaces between each molecule. They create a barrier that keeps moisture in but still allows skin to perspire.
But if you use anything comedogenic before this cream, then yes, silicones can trap them underneath their protective barrier and cause breakouts.
Bottom line: don’t use comedogenic ingredients in your skincare and you’ll be fine.
Related: Are Silicones In Skincare Bad?
Siliconey and lightweight.
How To Use It
A couple of nights a week, after cleansing. Slowly increase to every other day. Don’t use on nights you exfoliate.
Performance & Personal Opinion
Indeed Retinol Reface is a cream but I use it as a serum. I cleanse my skin, put it on and finish off with a facial oil. Why?
It’s not emollient enough on its own. It works well on my oily t-zone, but my cheeks always feel dry when I use the cream alone. Some skin types need the extra moisturizing help to make retinol work for them.
Its lightweight texture sinks immediately into my skin without leaving any greasy residue behind. Within a couple of weeks, it made my skin clearer and brighter. My fine lines look a bit smaller, too.
But, be careful. Indeed Retinol Reface isn’t for newbies. I wouldn’t recommend this to those of you who are looking for your first retinol product. Start with a smaller concentration of retinoids and work your way up slowly (check out what strength of retinol you should use at each stage + where to find it here).
The lightweight texture makes it more suitable for oily than dry skin (unless you’re willing to use it as a serum, like I do on my dry cheeks). For sensitive skin, this is a no go.
Related: What Strength Of Retinol Do You Need?
Who Is This For?
Intermediate retinol users who are ready to up their game but not for prescription retinoids yet.
Who Is This NOT For?
- Sensitive skin
- Retinol newbies
A white and red tube that keeps the retinol safe from the light and air that would make it go bad faster. It’s not the prettiest, but it’s practical.
Does Indeed Retinol Reface Live Up To Its Claims?
|retinol reface™ is a 3-in-1 formula combining retinol, bakuchiol, and a retinol-like peptide to help deliver softer, smoother, and visibly younger-looking skin.||True.|
|This super-concentrated night cream quickly and effectively targets signs of aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while minimizing redness.||It can reduce the look of fine lines, but it doesn’t minimise redness.|
|Additionally, it enhances skin tone, hydration, elasticity, firmness, radiance, and brightness.||Retinol can help with all these things, but it takes time.|
|retinol reface™ is gentle enough to use on all skin types.||I wouldn’t recommend it to sensitive skin.|
Price & Availability
£19.90 at Asos, Cult Beauty, and Look Fantastic
Do You Need It?
If you’re ready to up your retinol game but don’t want to go down the prescription route just yet, this is a good option to consider.
Dupes & Alternatives
Water, Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Propanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Methicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Bakuchiool, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, 4-T-Butylcyclohexanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soya (Soybean) Oil, Polysorbate 80, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sorbitan Oleate, Retinol, Carbomer, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Acacia Senegal Gum Extract, Tocopherol, Propylene Glycol Alginate