I received these products from Indeed Labs and so wanted to Swatch + Review them, giving my two cents; discussing the ingredients and texture. There’s a few hit and misses, and I also provide dupes and recommendations in case you were interested!
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In this video I will be Swatching + Reviewing Products from the Skincare Brand Indeed Labs! I’ll leave links down below for the products.
Note: All these products are Fragrance, Essential Oil, Cruelty Free, Vegan and Cruelty Free.
First up are the noAcid Pads which is a Non-Acid Based Exfoliator. This contains 30 pads, it’s a plastic tub with a flip top cap.
These pads can be used both in the AM and PM After Cleansing (so in the Toner Step of one’s routine). They are meant to help remove dead skin cells, brighten the skin, improve its texture and pores without the use of acids.
So these are aimed more towards those who can’t use acids or find them irritating such as sensitive or acne-prone skins as they are meant to help re-texturise the skin and help reduce the look of pores.
These pads contain Active Probiotics – in particular, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate (from the bacteria Lactococcus Lactis). It’s supposed to help improve better barrier function and therefore improve the skin’s overall quality.
Lactococcus Ferment Lysate seems to be decent but it’s not a surefire hit or proven to improve the skin’s barrier and skin flora. I’m not sure about the % of the probiotic is used here, but 3% seemed to be effective when used twice daily, to help thicken the outer barrier of the skin and reduce trans-epidermal water loss on 5 volunteers in an in-vivo test done by the ingredient manufacturers.
This ingredient therefore is promising but mostly unproven to really make a different to the skin’s barrier and skin flora.
Other ingredients include Achillea Millefolium Extract (an extract of the leaves and flowers from Yarrow Root) which is soothing and skin conditioning.
And Cryptomeria Japonica Bud Extract (extract of the buds of the Japanese cedar) which is both skin conditioning and protecting.
Personally for me, I haven’t seen much of a change in the tone of my skin, however due to the physical-light qualities of swiping the face with a cotton pad, this has helped exfoliate the skin and soften the texture.
I like that it’s not entirely drenched in product so it’s not sticky or gloopy or messy to use, but overall I haven’t found it so effective.
I would rather recommend a more gentle exfoliation solution aimed at sensitive skins that I could use with a cotton pad to swipe the skin in my toning routine which is the Geek and Gorgeous Cheer Up Exfoliating Solution – My full Review is HERE.
Next up is the Glow Booster which is a ‘’Glow Enhancing Serum.’’ Which comes in a glass bottle with a dropper. (30 ml).
This Glow Booster aims to improve the look of a dull and uneven skin tone using the patented ingredient Vivillume® which is Strelitzia Nicolai Seed aril extract. It’s supposed to be this wonder active that helps brighten and even out the skin tone as well as reduce dark circles and puffiness, however, like the Lactococcus ferment lysate in the No-acid pads, little research seems to be done on volunteers so its hard to confirm this ingredient really does what it says, and does it effectively.
HOWEVER the lipids and emollients in this product are great to moisturise, soften and smooth the skin through moisturisation and hydration. And of course, well-moisturised skin will give off a healthy glow to the skin! Therefore, I don’t think this is a failed product, think of it like an emulsion loaded with fatty ingredients to help reinforce the skin’s barrier and prevent trans epidermal water loss.
In terms of brightening the skin however, I would prefer to use a Vitamin C serum, I’m currently using the one from Purito or the one from Vichy – or to pair a vitamin C serum with this glow booster to help improve the skin’s complexion from all angles.
You’re supposed to use this on cleansed skin morning and night. It can be used alone or mixed in with a serum, moisturiser or liquid foundation to make the skin look glowy due to the emollients and lipids in this product.
As you can see from the texture, this is a transluscent, milky-like serum which spreads easily along the skin. It doesn’t ball or pill up and isn’t sticky or tacky. It does give a moisturising look to the skin and definitely feels more emollient than it is hydrating.
Next up is the collagen booster
This is a Multi-peptide Serum aiming to keep the skin looking firm by encouraging collagen production and thickening the skin.
This is a glass bottle with a dropper.
This contains 2 Peptides which are supposedly meant to help stimulate collagen production in the skin:
PALMITOYL DIPEPTIDE-5 DIAMINOBUTYROYL HYDROXYTHREONINE
PALMITOYL DIPEPTIDE-5 DIAMINOHYDROXYBUTYRATE
Another key peptide is: ‘’Matrixyl synthe’6’’ (PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-38) that supposedly boosts the production of 6 major components of the skin’s matrix or structure which includes Collagen and Hyaluronic acid. However like a lot of Indeed products, this is a pretty new peptide with not too many studies to back up its efficiency, and 2% is required to see wrinkle reduction using this daily for 2 months.
This also contains Glycerin and phospholipids which gives this that cream-like texture as well as Biosaccharide Gum-1 to soothe the skin.
In terms of the texture, this has a milky, near-watery, translucent appearance and is very moisturising, I would say it’s more emollient than it is hydrating.
I always like peptides in my skincare, especially collagen stimulating peptides, so out of the two serums in this video, I do prefer this collagen booster. A good dupe is either the Matrixyl Serum from the ordinary (although I have had balling up issues with that in the past, but it is more hydrating than it is emollient), or the Inkey List Collagen booster which also contains Matirxyl.
Last but not least is the in-ceramide Daily Moisture Cream
This is a lightweight cream that comes in a pump bottle. It aims to hydrate and plump both Normal-Dry and Sensitive Skins.
This contains 3 Ceramides which are emollient and help plump up the skin.
What’s interesting about the packaging is that it contains an airless pump
This cream contains 3 soothing and moisturising ceramides that aim to support the skin’s barrier and prevent TEWL. It does have a lightweight yet creamy formula that moisturises the skin and can be used everyday.
As you can see from the texture, it’s not sticky or tacky, it’s definitely creamy and spreads far and sits on the skin forming a barrier between the outside world.
I would say it’s a better version of the Ordinary’s Cream with Natural Moistursiing factors as I found that one to be a little too silicone-y for me.
I definitely think this is an excellent cream to mix with a retinol if you’re trying to reduce any potential irritation. You can also apply a few drops of the Glow Booster to provide the skin with a more dewy glow OR add in the collagen booster in the evening to help boost collagen while moisturising the skin.
A similar product to this is the Krave Great Barrier Relief serum – I find both products have a similar texture and thickness to them, making them both great for nomal to dry skin types.
This utilises an airless pump so outside air isn’t able to penetrate the product and reduces the chance of contamination as well as rendering the formula less effective.
This means that there is very little wasted product in the bottle, so you can use every last drop, and more of this product can be recycled.
This contains Shea butter which is an emollient and gives this product it’s creamy texture
This also contains Allantoin which is soothing and helps smoothen the skin.
This also contains Avocado Oil which is an antioxidant and emollient which is nourishing and has high skin-penetration abilities.
This also contains Phytosphingosine which is anti-acne and skin-barrier reinforcing, as well as Squalane, Cholesterol, Beta-Glucan and the 3 Ceramides involves are Ceramide EOP, Ceramide NP and Ceramide AP
Ceramides are extremely important in maintaining a healthy skin barrier and keeping the skin hydrated.
So overall you can see this product definitely aims to moisturise the skin and reinforce the skin’s barrier.
As you can see, the texture of this is lightweight, spreadable, not sticky or tacky and layerable. This does not ball up and sits on the skin, moisturising it.
I get no scent from this either.
Last but not least is the In-Circadian Night Mask. This is basically a thick night, moisturising cream to help replenish the skin and improve the skin’s barrier while you sleep and help prevent TEWL.
Lespedeza Capitata – Skin comnditioning and skin protecting. It’s supposedly meant to work with your skin’s circadian rhythm but once again there isn’t enough studies to truly scientifically confirm this.
This is basically a thick Night Moisturising Cream meant to be slathered on in the last stage of skincare, to hydrate, moisturise and improve the complexion of the skin’s tone. IT contains Polyglutamic acid which helps prevent TEWL, a plant extract which supposedly helps with puffiness and dark circles, as well as a peptide and emollients which all help to plump up the skin and improve its overall appearance for when you wake up.
In terms of the texture, this is a very thick cream and it reminds me of the Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask which I wasn’t too much of a fan of as I find it too thick and like my skin can’t breathe. I definitely prefer the Ceramide cream between the two as I find the ceramide cream to be lighter and my skin feels like It can breathe.
Although I find this product too thick for me, I definitely have enjoyed using it as a Hand cream – I have dry hands so I can really use this to rub into my cuticles and such, and this product does a great job with softening the skin and intensely moisturising it.
I deiniftely think Dry skins would prefer this overall.
Overall: I recommend the Ceramide Cream, especially for those who have sensitive dry skins and those who want a moisturiser that they can use to buffer retinols in or mix oils or serums into. I would also recommend the collagen booster as the peptides used seem promising in reducing the look and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I don’t think the Circadian Night mask is a failed product, but Dry or mature skins would definitely enjoy it over oilier skins.
So that’s it for the video! Hope you enjoyed 🙂
In-Ceramide Daily Moisture Cream (Feel Unique): LINK
Mae Love Vitamin C Serum (Supposed to be the Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Dupe) Available at: LINK
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane (I’m trying this right now!) Skin Store: LINK
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have slightly dehydrated combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.