Bakuchiol Resurface Pads
Indeed Labs’ Bakuchiol Resurface Pads boast of reducing lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and building a stronger barrier, all great benefits for every skin type. The problem? It’s two-fold: their jar packaging steadily undermines the effectiveness of star ingredient bakuchiol, and a few of the other ingredients in the formula aren’t designed to be left on skin for extended periods, as we detail below.
Bakuchiol is popping up everywhere, and if you don’t know what it is, it’s a plant extract that’s said to be a natural alternative to retinol (in cosmetics retinol is always synthetic as pure retinol doesn’t exist in plants, only animals). Although it’s often billed as a replacement for retinol in terms of how it works, but that’s not quite accurate.
What research has shown is that bakuchiol offers many of the same benefits as retinol, but doesn’t work in exactly the same way. For example, skin cells have receptor sites for retinol, but not for bakuchiol. However, bakuchiol is an impressive antioxidant ingredient and comparative studies have shown it reduces wrinkles, improves skin tone, and helps repairs signs of sun-damaged skin on par with retinol (it just doesn’t work quite the same way).
Unfortunately, pads aren’t the best way to get bakuchiol’s benefits; as we explain in the More Info section, this type of packaging causes light- and air-sensitive ingredients to break down. This doesn’t apply to the second ingredient, niacinamide (which retains stability even with light and air exposure), so at least you’re getting that B vitamin’s benefits for pores, skin tone, and reinforcing skin’s barrier. But you can get niacinamide’s benefits from many other products that come in better packaging.
Jar packaging isn’t the only issue: the formula these pads are steeped in contains seemingly high amounts of cleansing agents (surfactants) that aren’t the best to leave on skin, and the solution from these pads isn’t supposed to be rinsed! Surfactants like caprylyl/capryl glucoside and sodium cocoyl glutamate work best in cleansers, not leave-on treatments.
- Good mix of skin-improving ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Jar packaging hinders the effectiveness of bakuchiol.
- Contains surfactant ingredients best rinsed from skin (but this is a leave-on product).
- Lacks replenishing ingredients to counteract the dryness from the surfactants.
Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Ingredients: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight also is problematic for these ingredients.
Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin!
References for this information:
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10
A natural and gentle alternative to retinol that can be used day and night! Formulated with bakuchiol (a high-performance plant-based alternative to retinol), niacinamide and additional antioxidant and soothing actives, bakuchiol reface pads ensure optimal results with minimal to no skin irritation. Bakuchiol reface pads are formulated to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture all while improving barrier function and protecting against water loss leaving you with firmer, smoother and softer skin.
Strengths: Inexpensive; some novel products worth checking out, fragrance-free.
Weaknesses: Some of the products in this line make claims that the results are like in-office cosmetic corrective procedures when that is not the case.
Promising high performance, innovative products, Canada-based Indeed Laboratories is a small, drugstore-sold line specializing in anti-aging-themed products. Their best-known product, and not surprisingly the one we're asked about the most, is Nanoblur. This product is essentially a silicone-based wrinkle filler and pore smoother that works, though no better than many other, similar products. All of these types of products work (temporarily, of course) to improve skin texture and fill imperfections to a degree that they're slightly to moderately less noticeable. Where Nanoblur makes its mark is the price point, which many will find enticing.
This is a line that seeks to avoid fragrance, and that's always to skin's benefit, and their modern-looking packaging will help keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients (like retinol) from degrading. Though the claims of certain products don't always live up to the reality of their ingredients, if you keep your expectations realistic and don't expect miracles, you're far more likely to come away satisfied. For more information about Indeed Labs, call 877-884-9086 or visit www.indeedlabs.com
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