The Inkey list is a brand I’ve used since it came to Ireland around 18 months ago and I have to say I have been loving it! It’s a UK based company whose aim is to “break through beauty jargon to deliver a straightforward take on skin care’s most wanted ingredients” Sounds good doesn’t it? A simple approach to their packaging and marketing means that the range is super affordable too with products costing between €6.00 and €16.00.
A few weeks ago, a local pharmacy very kindly *gifted me a selection of the brands newest products. Not only have they some fantastic additions to the range but they’ve also changed up the packaging to make it really easy to understand exactly what the product does, what skin type it suits best and where in your routine it should be used. Genius!
First up we have a new moisturizer, it’s a Vitamin B, C and E mix. This retails at €7.50 for a 50ml bottle. Vitamin B is also known as Niacinamide which helps to balance oils in the skin with Vitamin B5 providing much needed hydration. Vitamin C brightens dull skin and Vitamin E protects the skin and is a natural anti-inflammatory. This moisturizer is a great “all rounder” and can be used both morning and night .
Next up we have their Oat Cleansing Balm. This retails at €12.50 for a 150ml tube. This is unusual in that balms, because of their relatively thick consistency, are often in pot form and are scooped out with the fingers (think Emma Hardie Moringa Balm). The Inkey List version is delivered in a more hygienic tube which does need a good strong squeeze to get going and it comes out in quite a solid form. Because it’s oil based, you can massage the balm directly onto the face to break down your makeup. To rinse off, use a damp muslin cloth or your usual mitt to remove the product. You can then add another small amount to a wet face to do your second cleanse. The balm can also be applied onto clean skin and left for 10 minutes to work as a nourishing face mask.
This product contains oak kernal oil which helps maintain the skin’s moisture levels and also reduce blackheads. It’s also got 1% oat powder which helps reduce redness and irritation. It’s perfectly suited to sensitive skin and at €12.50 for such a large tube, this is absolutely great value for money too.
One of the items I was most excited about was their new Peptide Moisturizer, at my age certain buzzwords excite me, peptides, retinol, hyaluronic acid, give them all to me! So, what’s a peptide and what’s so great about it? Well, peptides are basically naturally occurring chains of amino acids and we all have them in our bodies. They are the building blocks of protein and the most common known ones we produce are collagen, elastin and keratin. As we age, our bodies produce less of these proteins, hence skin looses elasticity and tone and wrinkles appear Booooo! By using a peptide enriched moisturizer, you will help your skin cells produce collagen etc. and over time the skin starts to feel firmer and more hydrated and lines can appear less noticeable. This product claims to show results in 28 days (I haven’t been using it for that long yet but I’ll let you know!) What I also love is how this product is dispensed, you depress the top for the perfect amount of moisturizer, I find this really cool plus there’s no waste – better again!
Next up we have one of two targeted treatments that I was given, the Apple Cider Vinegar Acid Peel – quite the mouthful! We are used to hearing about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar when ingested but not so much about it being used on the skin – this is a very intriguing product.
Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid and alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s to you and me) which help gently exfoliate the skin, absorb excess oils, correct skin discoloration and even the overall skin tone and texture. It also contains 10% glycolic acid, one of the most popular exfoliators out there so this product will be great to remove dead skin cells and reveal your lovely fresh skin underneath. Because it’s a peel that removes skin cells, this is a night time only product and I would recommend that you use SPF the following day to protect your skin (you should wear SPF everyday anyway but particularly so after a peel treatment).
Lastly we have the Retinol Eye cream. Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A and that along with SPF are the only two FDA approved products that can be genuinely called “anti-aging”. The Inkey List already have a general Retinol product which I love so I’m delighted to see a targeted eye product as this is where the wrinkles tend to appear first. This particular eye retinol contains 3% Vitalease stabilized retinol which is slow release and because of this, it helps to avoid irritation. If you haven’t used retinol products before, the Inkey List ones are a great place to start as they are gentle and will introduce your skin to retinol allowing you to build up your tolerance to them. I’ve thankfully never had an issue with any retinol products I’ve used but be warned, redness and dry skin are common complaints with some people so bear that in mind. This particular eye retinol is cream based and very lightweight and soaks well into the skin. It’s recommended for over 25’s and retails at €12.00 for a 15ml tube.
Turning to the new packaging, I absolutely love it! Skincare products can be daunting and it can be very confusing trying to figure out when each product should be applied and what to layer with what. I remember the good old days when your routine would simply be “cleanse, tone, moisturize” but a lot has changed since then and we are being bombarded with new products and new ingredients every day now and this can be very overwhelming. The Inkey List have honestly made the job so easy. Each product tells you what it’s best for, what it helps to do but with the new packaging, they’ve also now included on the front of the box where in the routine the particular product is used and on the side of the box, it breaks it down even more about how to layer products. You’ll also be told from the front of the box if this is a day, night or both product, it couldn’t be easier!
Each product also comes with a little helpful tip and then as if that wasn’t enough, when you open the boxes using the perforations, you’ll find further information about skincare and what to pair the products with for maximum effect. They have literally thought of everything.
The Inkey List has fast become a very popular brand here and rightly so, I look forward to seeing what other wonderful products they come up with.
If you would like to try any of these products, feel free to use my Discount Code with Dowlings Pharmacy, it’s “Sue10” and this will get you 10% off anything you buy. You can visit their website here.
*while I was gifted these items, I was under no obligation to review them or write a blog post about them.