I had been hearing a lot of hype regarding Canadian skin care company, Indeed Laboratories from fellow bloggers and beauty journalists alike. I wish I had perfect problem-free, glowing skin but unfortunately I don’t. Oh how I envy those of you with beautiful radiant skin, it is something I am not blessed with. Any hormonal issues, over indulgence of sweet treats and illness causes my skin to flare up and react. My main skin concerns are dehydration, hyperpigmentation (from an outbreak of acne in January) fine lines, crow’s-feet and pimples (pretty much everything really). I love trying out new products and seeing that Boots were running the range on a 3 for 2 offer I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a few. After carefully doing some research I decided to purchase pepta-bright, hydraluron and fillume from the range as they most appealed to my skin concerns.
Pepta-bright priced at €39.99, is a cream-serum that claims to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, scarring and dark spots. One thing I must point out with this cream is that it stinks. I don’t know how or why but it does. The only way I can describe it is a sort of chemically smell. I’ve a very sensitive sense of smell so for me it bothers me but that’s just while dispensing and applying it. The smell then fades away very quickly once on the skin. The cream itself is lightweight and easily absorbed. I’ve been applying a pea sized amount every evening after cleansing over the past six weeks. The reason I apply it in the evening is that it can make your skin very sensitive to sunlight and also to give it a good chance of working overnight. It’s very important to wear sunscreen whilst using this product. It is even more important to wear sunscreen daily regardless of the weather as skin cancer is on the rise amongst Irish people. Premature ageing is also not a good look so be sensible incorporate a moisturiser containing SPF into your daily skin care routine.
So after six weeks of use, has my hyperpigmentation faded? Surprising yes. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started using this product but looking back at my skin six weeks ago compared to now, the acne scars/marks have definitely faded. I know this cream is a bit on the expensive side of things but a pea sized amount of product is all that is needed to apply to the entire face. If smells don’t bother you and you suffer with pigmentation issues then I’d highly recommend trying it out.
Hydraluron priced at €34.99, is a lightweight, non-sticky serum containing hyaluronic acid. I applied the serum twice daily after cleansing followed by the fillume moisturiser. Hyaluronic acid really is a “wonder” ingredient in today’s skin care and is everywhere at the moment. It can hold up to 1,000 times it’s weight in water and is great for adding and locking in some much-needed moisture to dehydrated skin. This serum also contains a bioengineered strain of marine red algae (now that’s a mouthful) to increase cell turnover.
Being honest I can’t tell the difference between this serum and the other hyaluronic acid serums that I have. It is also a bit on the pricey side of things too. Don’t get me wrong I love using hyaluronic acid serums but I think there are more purse friendly versions of the same product out there. I don’t know if the added marine red algae is of much benefit to the skin and whether this explains the pricing of the product. I’m afraid the jury’s out on this one for me as I feel I can get the same effects from my other, more affordable hyaluronic acid serums.
Fillume priced at €39.99, is a volumising moisturising cream that claims to help boost facial volume and firmness. The Magic ingredients in this cream, sesamin, (more) hyaluronic acid and natural biopolymers help lock in and retain moisture whilst also plumping out fine lines. I’ve been applying this cream twice daily over the last six weeks and definitely find my skin feels a bit bouncier and firmer. Has it got rid of my fine lines? No unfortunately not but it definitely makes my skin feel nice and hydrated. Overall I quite liked this cream and will continue to use it. Something else I really liked about it is its dispensing pump. The pump is sealed to keep the product inside air tight and free from bacteria but also dispenses just the right amount of product in one pumpful to cover your entire face. This method also reduces wastage of the product.
The one thing I must say about these three products is that they didn’t aggravate my sensitive skin nor block pores. If you are interested in trying them out I would highly recommend waiting for when they are on the 3 for 2 offer in Boots. Otherwise they can be quite expensive. Boots also seem to be the only place in Ireland where you can purchase indeed laboratories products.