Indeed Labs Reface Retinol (not bad at all!)

Indeed Labs - Reface Retinol


Indeed Labs Reface Retinol piqued my interest. Having a favourite product is fantastic, it’s literally like a good, trusted friend – something that you’ll go back to time and time again. But what happens when it’s discontinued or reformulated in a way you don’t like? It’s why a bit of future planning can pay dividends.

I learnt this when there was a significant outcry when famous French pharmacy retinol Avibon suddenly disappeared. Its eventual replacement A313 received mixed reviews. Some loved it; others didn’t. This rapid removal is my reason for finding a selection of products in the same category, as you never know!

Anyway, to get back on track, I noticed that the Indeed Labs Reface Retinol was a ‘Best Buy’ from the Independent newspaper. Given its rather unique formula and very wallet-friendly price, I’d be a fool not to give it a try!

As you may have read in a previous article, I love the A313 retinol, even though the science behind it is not strong. So I thought the Indeed Labs Reface Retinol would be an excellent place to dip my toes into another retinol.

Indeed Labs Reface Retinol product claims and ingredients

As you would expect, this cream should be used at night and comes with a range of claims which are typical for this type of product. These claims include:

  • Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Balances skin tone
  • Improves elasticity and firmness
  • Improves texture

The Indeed Labs Reface Retinol has three types of ‘retinol’ included in the formula:

The main retinol has been encapsulated in organic matter,  helping to slow the delivery to the skin.  The encapsulation of retinol results in reduced irritation of the formula and more significant time for the ingredient to work with the skin.

The second is Bakuchiol – this is hailed as the plant/natural retinol. This ingredient works differently to standard retinol and aims to deliver similar results – with no irritation. In my opinion, this is not necessarily a real retinol alternative.

The last is retinol-like peptides – a peptide is a short-chained amino acid which typically acts as a building block for things like elastin and collagen production.

Overall the three key elements should work together to deliver the stated claims synergistically.

How I used this product in my routine

I decided to keep this as simple as possible; I would typically use the Indeed Labs Reface Retinol twice a night followed by an AHA for the next. I would then repeat the cycle.

Cerave Foaming Face Wash > Indeed Labs Reface Retinol

I found that two pumps were enough to cover my face and neck sufficiently. 

I told you it was a simple routine!

As this is retinol, you must wear sunscreen in the morning, which helps to avoid sensitivity.

My final thoughts

First things first, the product comes with an airless pump depending on the design; it can be an absolute delight or a pain. In the case of my tube of Indeed Labs Reface Retinol, it was a bit of a nightmare. Sometimes it would dispense the product like a dream and others it would refuse to. The only way to get it to work consistently is to squeeze the bottom to ensure the air is trapped tightly and then press the pump!

The cream texture is nice and light and absorbs quickly – I would suggest a good texture for combination skin types. Those on the drier side may want to follow up with a moisturiser.

This is a gentle retinol, and I didn’t suffer any peeling or irritation from continued use. I think that this would make an excellent retinol to start with, the combination of different retinol’s in the formula make this a pleasant product to use.

I use retinol for the increased cell turnover properties, which can help with hyperpigmentation and spots. During the time I used the Indeed Labs Reface Retinol, I found that this had a mild but stable effect on the hyperpigmentation and help with the number of spots I usually get. I do not have fine lines, so I am unable to comment on that.

For a budget product, it’s not bad, but I didn’t see any earth-shattering results, to be honest!

At the time of writing, you could purchase a 30ml tube of Indeed Labs Reface Retinol for £19.99 (Often on sale/offer for £13.33) from Boots.


Three and a half staff rating

This is the type of product that I would probably come back to in the future at some point. It is a mild but effective product – for my taste a bit too gentle.

However, if retinol is something you are looking to start using, this could be a great place, to begin with.

If you are interested in reading about other retinol products I have tried, please click here.

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