Indeed Labs Bakuchiol Reface Pads Review

Indeed Labs Bakuchiol Reface Pads Review
Indeed Labs says "These pads work to gently promote clear and even skin. Formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture all while protecting against moisture loss." The Bakuchiol Reface Pads come in a pack of 30 pre-soaked pads and retail for $44.95AUD ($19.99USD/£19.99GBP). Indeed Labs is cruelty free, with this particular product being vegan friendly. The Bakuchiol Reface Pads are made in the UK.

Indeed Labs' Bakuchiol Reface Pads come in a white plastic tub with a flip top lip. Directions and a full ingredient list are available on the back of the tub on a series of peel off labels. I dislike this product's packaging for two reasons. First of all, it looks and feels quite cheap. Second off, it doesn't keep the pads moist. These toner pads dried out partially, despite being sure that the lid was always firmly shut. I came to realize that the lid was warping and had several micro-cracks, compromising the moisture level and efficacy of the formula. I'd recommend keeping the foil seal partially intact to keep more moisture in. This product's packing is recyclable (check the bottom for the tiny turtle that keeps the recycle symbol company!).

I've reached my late 20's, so I'm heading towards the retinol years. I'm not sure if I need retinol in my routine quite yet - I mean sure, prevention is key, but aside from a few fine lines on my forehead that show up when I'm dehydrated, I don't really have any 'signs of aging' yet. Either way, I've been interested in trying a retinol product - but I'm afraid of them! My skin has been so problematic over the last year and a half, I'm afraid that introducing retinol will  (temporarily) fuck my face up - even if it'll help in the long run, the peeling and purging just doesn't appeal to me right now. When I heard both Caroline Hirons and Ruth Crilly recommend Indeed Labs' Bakuchiol Reface Pads, I became intrigued - a retinol alternative seemed like a good place to start my anti-aging journey!

Indeed Labs' Bakuchiol Reface Pads are soft, textured presoaked discs (59mm diameter) that started off nicely saturated (but, as I mentioned, they became quite a bit drier over time). These treatment pads are meant to be swiped over the skin morning and night after cleansing, but I personally found that to be far too much for my skin. I used one pad every 36 hours - any more than that and my skin became quite sensitized and fussy. The Bakuchiol Reface Pads felt a bit like Pop Rocks on my face - they created a slight fizzy tingle on the skin for about half a minute after application. The sensation is painless - there's no burning or itching - it's just a bit bubbly. I then wait 5-10 minutes before applying my next step in my routine, just to let the actives get to work uninterrupted.

After using up the whole tub of Bakuchiol Reface Pads over the course of two months, I don't feel like I've seen a marked improvement in fine lines, acne scarring, pore size, or any other issues this retinol alternative is meant to improve. My forehead fine lines have been slightly reduced - but only slightly. If anything, I'd say the main change is that my skin is a little redder and maybe a bit more sensitive.

Before we delve into these toner pads' full ingredient list, I feel like it's important to chat about what bakuchiol is. Bakuchiol is a derivative of the Babchi plant. Bakuchiol is commonly stated to be a gentler, less sensitizing alternative to retinol. This antioxidant rich botanical extract supposedly stimulates collagen production and cell turnover, processes which reduce the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and skin texture. Bakuchiol also has slight anti-bacterial properties, giving it the ability to help prevent breakouts. Really, this is the kind of ingredient that seems like it can do a bit of everything. There isn't a ton of research out there that backs up all of these big claims, but the information that is available trends mostly positive (with some skeptical studies out there too).

Indeed Labs' Bakuchiol Reface Pads have comprised of water, niacinamide (one of my favorite skincare ingredients for it's multiple benefits!), gentle surfactants, and the star of the show, bakuchiol. Following the preservative system is allantoin, a soothing and conditioning ingredient. The remainder of the ingredient list a blend of surfactants, preservatives, and stabilizers. These pads are alcohol and fragrance free.

While I'm not put off bakuchiol as a whole, I don't feel like Indeed Labs' Bakuchiol Reface Pads are for me. I didn't find them particularly effective, and actually found them to be vaguely irritating to my skin. If you're quite curious about trying this trendy retinol alternative ingredient, these pads are one of the most affordable options out there. I won't personally be repurchasing them, but I'm glad I tried them out. I think my next move is to try another bakuchiol product (not sure which one yet) before upgrading to baby's first retinol.


Ingredients:
Aqua (water), niacinamide, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, bakuchiol, hydroxyacetophenone, phenoxyethanol, allantoin, heptyl glucoside, sodium benzoate, sodium cocoyl glutamate, ethylhexylglycerin, citric acid, glyceryl caprylate, polyglyceryl-6 oleate, disodium edta, sodium hydroxide, sodium surfactin, heptanol

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