Indeed Laboratories’ reformulated Pepta-Bright is an interesting booster-type product that has what it takes to improve skin’s tone.
Pepta-Bright comes in an opaque plastic squeeze tube that protects its delicate ingredients. Its lightweight lotion texture is easy to apply and sinks into skin quickly. It works well with other products in your skin care routine, or on its own as a nighttime treatment (if you use this during the day, be sure to finish your routine with sunscreen!).
As far as ingredients go, not much has changed since we last reviewed Pepta-Bright; it’s mainly a slight rearrangement of their order. In this case that’s good, since the three key ingredients included in the original that will work to treat dark spots and uneven skin tone are still present in this updated formula. Those ingredients are undecylenoyl phenylalanine, phenyethyl resorcinol, and dimethylmethoxy chromanyl palmitate.
While not as well-studied as gold-star skin brightener hydroquinone, all three of these ingredients have promising research showing they can interrupt pathways in skin that stimulate excess melanin production, leading to dark spots (particularly dark spots from sun damage).
Nonapeptide-1, also in this formula, has some research showing it can help in this regard, too. All told, daily use of this product should result in an improvement of uneven skin tone, which means it lives up to its claims in that regard.
Rounding out the ingredient list are some good moisturizing ingredients, including alpha hydroxy acids, fatty alcohols, and skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate.
Worth mentioning: The Indeed Laboratories website claims this has seven peptides, but there are only two in the formula. This product’s packaging does not make the same claim. We reached out to the brand, who says that the seven peptides mentioned on their site is in reference to an old formula, not what is currently sold. This does happen on occasion in the world of skin care products, so we just wanted you to be aware!
*One note: In its claims, Indeed Laboratories makes a point to say this doesn’t contain “carcinogenic” and “toxic” ingredients, listing hydroquinone, kojic acid, parabens, and mercury. With the exception of mercury, all these ingredients have been research-proven as safe as they are used in cosmetics, so no need to worry about them!
- Lightweight lotion texture is easy to apply and absorbs quickly.
- Contains four ingredients with research showing they can brighten dark spots.
- Including good moisturizing ingredients.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
Pepta-bright™ is a cream-serum designed to help improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. Unlike other brightening products, pepta-bright™ is formulated without carcinogenic and toxic ingredients like hydroquinone, kojic acid, mercury and parabens.
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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