Review: Indeed Labs – in-circadian Night Mask

Where to purchase: Look Fantastic: LINK / Ulta: LINK

Price: £18.84

Volume: 50ml

Made in: Canada

What is it?: A thick Moisturiser meant to wear in the evening. Supposedly it works with your Circadian Rhythm (Your 24-hour sleep/wake cycle which can influence a lot of processes in the body such as hormone release and skin healing as well as temperature etc).

What does it do?: Moisturise the skin overnight and improve the tone of the skin as well as ”defend against daily stressors that may affect the skin’s natural circadian rhythm” (Basically help soothe the skin), and reduce Dark Circles and Puffiness (Helpful for a Sleeping Mask to do so you wake up to a less puffy face in the morning).

Supposedly Good for: All Skin Types

What I think: Definitely more suited towards Dry and Very Dry Skins in my opinion. The in-Ceramide Cream would work better with Normal Skin Types. Sensitive Skins could use this.

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Vegan?: Yes

Cruelty Free?:

Packaging: Plastic Tube with a Plastic Screw-top lid.

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Directions: Apply onto cleansed skin and then massage until the product has fully absorbed as a normal moisturiser. If one wants more moisturisation + Hydration, leave this product on overnight and then remove in the AM. You can apply this like a mask, leaving on for 15 minutes before washing off.

How I use it: I personally used this simply as a Sleeping Mask/ Moisturiser at the end of my evening Skincare routine as I found this much to thick to apply in the AM. This layers fine on top of skincare so it was fine using this at the last step. I applied a little more than a pea-sized amount in order to cover the face.

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Key Ingredients: The Lespedeza capitata plant extract (B-CIRCADIN™) in here (Which the product was named after) + ”Dawnergy™”, which is a peptide are meant to work together to soothe the skin and improve skin circulation as well as reduce dark circles and puffiness. If you watch my Youtube Video discussing this product, I mention that this plant extract does actually help with puffiness and dark circles in terms of papers published, so that’s a plus. But I haven’t been able to find much on skincare + the skin’s Circadian Rhythm, so I’m personally a little skeptical about that.

Nonapeptide-1 (Skin Conditioning), Sodium Polyglutamate (Polyglutamic Acid) – A Moisturiser that forms a film on top of the skin to prevent Trans-Epidermal Water Loss. (My Review of the Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid Product is HERE).

NOTE: This product (coined ”DURAQUENCH IQ SA”) forms a a bilayer on the skin’s surface which prevents Trans-epidermal water loss for up to 72 hours, to keep the skin’s moisture intact – I think that’s what also made this product quite ”unbreathable” for me.

Full Ingredients: WATER (AQUA / EAU), GLYCERIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, CETYL STEARATE, PROPANEDIOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, ISOSTEARYL ISOSTEARATE, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CARBOMER, CETEARYL OLIVATE, SODIUM CAPROYL PROLINATE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, SORBITAN OLIVATE, SODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, SODIUM POLYGLUTAMATE, SODIUM GLUCONATE, LESPEDEZA CAPITATA LEAF/STEM EXTRACT, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TOCOPHEROL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, STEARIC ACID, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, NONAPEPTIDE-1, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE

NOTE: The Incidecoder have a full ingredient breakdown HERE

Texture: THICK! This is so thick and creamy. It definitely feels smooth on the skin and spreads fine and absolutely does moisturise the skin. I understand that this product has been formulated to sit on top of the skin, to prevent water loss and to form a bilayer film on top of the skin to trap in moisture, but boy, unless you have dry or very dry skin, this felt suffocating for me. Even if I sweated at all, I could feel this moisturiser sitting on my skin so distinctly. And personally for me, this doesn’t feel hydrating and watery, it just reminds me of shea butter and slathering something that emollient on my skin (Oily-Combo). When rubbing this in, my face had this white mask for quite a while and I had to keep tapping and patting this in to try and get the white cast to disappear.

Layerability Issues?: No this layers fine under and on top of other skincare.

Initially this is an opaque cream when applying.

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Hopefully you can see how thick and creamy this product is.

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Can you see this? The product forms a sort of white layer on top of the skin which takes quite a while to absorb down fully and disappear! But the sensation of this product, the heavy feeling of this cream remains on top of my skin, even if the colour disappears. I can feel it even more if I ever start to sweat. It’s this heavy barrier on top that makes my skin feel like it can’t breathe.

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Swatch Video:

Does this sting if the Skin is irritated/Sensitised by Retinol?: No

Summer or Winter?: A good Winter Moisturiser for Dry and Normal Skin Types.

Fragrance?: No added Fragrance and/or Essential Oils

Good Under Makeup?: Would not recommend this under makeup as it’s quite thick! (unless you have very dry skin).

How long have I been using this?: I used this for nearly 2 weeks until stopping, as I found it far too thick for my skin type (Oily-Combo).

The Effect?: Moisturised skin (Of course for my skin, it felt like it couldn’t breathe). What about the Circadian Rhythm Skin improvement? I didn’t see or notice any difference, no enhanced skin healing or complexion boost (I think you would if you had desperately dry skin). In terms of the puffiness and dark circle reduction in the morning, I didn’t notice much of a difference but perhaps I didn’t use this product long enough. I also didn’t really apply it on or too close to the eyes as I was worried about styes since this is so thick.

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What I like:

  • Fragrance + EO Free
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Moisturising
  • Did not sting or irritate my skin even when sensitised

What I don’t like:

  • Too thick for me
  • Skin feels like it can’t breathe
  • Forms a white mask on the skin that I had to keep dabbing and patting to make it go away
  • I had to stop using after 2 weeks because it was too uncomfortable

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Overall Rating and Conclusion: 2 (almost a 1.9)/5 – This is definitely moisturising and I’m glad it’s fragrance + EO free, but this Mask/Moisturiser is not for my skin type (Oily-Combo) it’s far too thick and is uncomfortable to wear (Even in the Winter AND in the PM for me). Hopefully Dry skins would prefer this cream as I think it’ll really help, especially with skins that are cracking. I definitely think the in-Ceramide Cream is better as it’s a lighter cream – and an even lighter cream for my oily skin types out there would be the Curel Moisturising Milk (Review HERE) or the Krave Oat So Simple Water cream (Review HERE).

Would I repurchase?: No (too thick).

Dupe?: I would say THIS is a dupe for the Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask (Review HERE), or If you want the same thickness but with some added anti-ageing peptide benefits, then the Drunk Elephant Protini-Polypeptide Cream is a dupe (Review HERE), or the Inkey List Peptide Moisturiser (Review HERE).

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.

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