Indeed Labs: Creative use of Retinol and Bakuchiol

Indeed Labs innovative Retinol formulation

This blog will outline the uses of retinol and bakuchiol and explain why Indeed Labs uses them together, making them a skin care brand to watch out for in 2021.

You’ve probably heard of retinol, the hero skin care product used for improving skin texture and tightening fine lines, but have you ever heard of bakuchiol? This new plant-derived skin care ingredient is taking the beauty industry by storm and making its way into our skin care products, but why?

Well, bakuchiol is an excellent ingredient that fights hyperpigmentation, reduces acne, decreases signs of ageing and protects against pollutants in the environment. So, what’s not to like? Indeed Labs have created a new product that combines retinol with bakuchiol to deliver an unstoppable formula with a huge host of benefits.

Is Indeed Labs the most exciting skin care brand of 2021?

The beauty industry is filled with brands that promise their products will make your skin smooth, youthful and radiant. It can be difficult to navigate which products are the best on the market and which products actually work.

With Instagram filters and photoshop, our screens are filled with images of unattainably perfect skin, and it can be disheartening. Indeed Labs is an award-winning Canadian-based skin care brand with the mission to make real results accessible to real people within an industry that often seems far from real.

They champion ‘Real science. Real claims. Real people. Real results.’ Pairing science-backed formulas with quality ingredients from around the world, their innovative products are hugely popular in the beauty industry and they may be the most exciting skin care brand of 2021.

You may have heard of Indeed Labs’ hero product Nanoblur (the world’s first skin blurring cream) that won awards back in 2010. Since then, they have won many awards for their skin care products and are now known for their quality, efficacy and value.

Their products tackle many problems including sensitive skin, age spots, moisture loss and wrinkles. They understand that each person has a different skin type and that it’s very difficult to find the products that are most effective for your skin.

That’s why they keep it simple with their fresh, clean and bright packaging that clearly states their ingredients and reveals exactly what their products will do. Indeed Labs believe that if you use their products, you will have fresh, clean and bright skin.

Additionally, unnecessary harsh chemicals and perfumes are nowhere to be seen in Indeed Labs’ products; they use natural ingredients free from parabens and fragrance that are not only good for your skin, but are also good for the planet. Vegan, cruelty free and environmentally friendly!

Furthermore, Indeed Labs are great at listening to customer feedback. They formulate their products (yielding a upgraded version II) according to the reviews and demands of their customers in order to make them more effective than ever. Some of their bestselling products include the Facial Powder Exfoliator II and the Eysilix II; both of which have been reformulated to meet customer demands. A few more of their products to watch out for are the Retinol Reface Skin Resurfacer and the Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Facial Serum; both of which use retinol to achieve the smooth and healthy complexion that we all want.

Clearly, Indeed Labs is an exciting skin care brand to look out for this year!

Indeed Labs have created a new product that combines retinol with bakuchiol to deliver an unstoppable formula with a huge host of benefits.

Why did Indeed Labs choose Retinol and Bakuchiol in their skin care range?

Retinol is a popular ingredient throughout the beauty industry because it has a whole host of benefits; it tightens fine lines and wrinkles, reduces hyperpigmentation, improves skin texture and fights acne.

Also known as vitamin A, retinol is an essential nutrient that supports many different immune functions in the body. As a type of retinoid, retinol is an excellent skin care product because it can penetrate deep beneath the epidermis (the top layer of the skin) and into the dermis (the bottom layer of the skin) to increase cell turnover.

As a result, retinol boosts the production of elastin and collagen, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. It also aids in the prevention of acne by eliminating the dead skin cells which clog pores and acts as a mild exfoliant on the surface layer of the skin.

At the same time, this balances skin hydration levels and helps to reduce rough patches on the skin. It’s especially good for oily and combination skin types because it decreases the production of sebum. Ultimately, retinol keeps the skin smooth and healthy.

However, the skin constantly adapts to the concentration of retinol we apply, which means that after a few weeks it becomes less effective and we need a higher concentration of retinol to see the same results.

The problem with high concentrations of retinol is that it can be stripping to the skin and over-use can lead to dryness, irritation and even peeling. If you are using retinol as a serum, make sure to pair it with a thick moisturiser to avoid dry skin.

Retinol is most commonly found in night creams or serums suitable for your night-time skin care routine because it makes the skin sensitive to sun exposure. Of course, make sure to use a stronger SPF if you are using retinol during the day!

The good news is that Indeed Labs have created a new product that combines retinol and bakuchiol which counteracts the harsh effects that retinol can have on the skin.

Firstly, here is the low-down on bakuchiol… It’s found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea corylifolia plant (also known as Eastern Asia’s ‘babchi’ plant) and has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of diseases.

It has even been reported to possess anticancer activity! In 2019, bakuchiol became popular in the beauty industry. Bakuchiol is essentially a gentle and natural alternative to retinol that’s more suitable for dry and sensitive skin types because of its soothing and anti-inflammatory abilities.

It has antioxidant properties that form a protective barrier against environmental pollutants in the air and can be used to fight signs of ageing, hyperpigmentation and scarring (similarly to retinol). Additionally, bakuchiol has antibacterial properties which prevent the build-up of bacteria that clogs pores and can lead to acne.

It’s therefore an effective treatment against acne through both prevention and cure. Bakuchiol is also anti-inflammatory and can be used by people with skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

The results of using bakuchiol consistently is often visibly improved skin colour and tone, which is also a common result of using retinol. Ultimately, bakuchiol is retinol’s counterpart for dry or sensitive skin types because it has better skin tolerance.

While retinol is said to be more effective than bakuchiol in terms of results, they are both excellent ingredients to incorporate into your skin care routine to get smooth and healthy skin. Indeed Labs choose retinol and bakuchiol as key ingredients in their skin care range because they both help to achieve the real results that they champion.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron+ Volumising Lip Treatment - Dermoi Skincare

The creative combination of Retinol and Bakuchiol

So why do Indeed Labs use retinol and bakuchiol together? Is this necessary?

Retinol and bakuchiol can be used together because they are actually very different in the way that they produce the same result.

They bear no resemblance to one another in terms of structure; retinol is a vitamin A derivate that stimulates cell turnover, whereas bakuchiol is a chemical compound obtained from the seeds of the babchi plant that maintains the skin lipid barrier.

Basically, combining these ingredients has some serious skin care benefits.

Indeed Labs’ innovative product Retinol Reface – Skin Resurfacer & Intensive Wrinkle Repair reaps the benefits of both retinol and bakuchiol and counteracts their (albeit small) negatives.

Since both ingredients interact with the same areas of the skin, retinol will remove dead skin cells and provide a smooth surface for bakuchiol to work its anti-inflammatory magic.

As a result, the dryness and irritation that can come with retinol is soothed by bakuchiol, which means that you can use retinol at a higher concentration. Bakuchiol also stabilises retinol by making it less susceptible to light, which means it will not photosynthesize on the skin and make it more susceptible to sun damage.

This also makes retinol more effective for longer because you do not need to keep increasing the concentration of retinol over time.

The Retinol Reface – Skin Resurfacer & Intensive Wrinkle Repair is a 3-in-1 formula combining retinol, bakuchiol and a retinol-like peptide for smooth and younger-looking skin.

It’s a highly concentrated night cream that enhances skin tone, hydration, elasticity, firmness, radiance and brightness. At first you should apply a small pump to your face after cleansing every other night, and once your skin gets used to the retinol, you can use it every night.

Indeed Labs promise, ‘luxe for less’! They boast great anti-ageing results and even claim that it will reduce the appearance of acne scars.

Of course, the Retinol Reface is also free from parabens, colourants and fragrance, like all of Indeed Labs’ products.


Another of Indeed Labs’ products is the Bakuchiol Reface Pads. These pads are (as we have established) a natural and gentle alternative to retinol products that are good for all skin types, but especially useful for people with dry or sensitive skin types.

There are 30 pads that are saturated with a formula of bakuchiol and niacinamide that sooth the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.

Niacinamide is another popular skin care ingredient that regulates the skin’s sebum levels and reduces inflammation often caused by acne. T

he Bakuchiol Reface Pads can be used morning and night after cleansing using a sweeping movement across the face and neck. They improve the skin’s barrier by maintaining its lipid levels and as a result increase the skin’s hydration levels, creating firmer, smoother and softer skin.

You can also combine the use of these pads with a retinol product that you already have, which will have the creative balancing effect that makes the products work better and for a longer period of time. They are also 100% cotton and biodegradable.

Indeed Labs Bakuchiol Reface Pads - Dermoi Skincare

Final Thoughts

Overall, Indeed Labs are a very exciting skin care brand at the moment because of their innovative ideas and innovative products that haven’t been seen yet elsewhere in the beauty industry.

Their mantra – quality, efficacy, value – definitely rings true with their products because they make high-quality, active ingredients available at affordable prices.

Popular media platforms are filled with idealistic images of airbrushed skin that are unattainable for real people. Instead, Indeed Labs promote realness through their natural products, which create the best version of your skin. As they would say at Indeed Labs…

Real science. Real claims. Real people. Real results.

Author: Megan Kerr