Trying…The Inkey List with Sensitive Skin

The Inkey List is a brand that seems to have come out of nowhere to be the brand on everyone's lips in this past year.

I was very kindly invited to their most recent press day where I got to sample their existing range. I also got to try some of their most recent new launches like their Oat Cleansing balm and their Peptide moisturiser.

After creating my perfect skincare recipe with the Inkey List at the event, I have had  plenty of time to trial and test.

So here is my review of the Inkey List for sensitive skin and the answers to some of the most googled Inkey List questions.

What is the Inkey List?

The Inkey List is essentially a beauty brand focused on delivering simple, affordable skincare. Each product  narrows in on one ingredient such as Hylauronic acid and uses as few other ingredients as possible. They are results-driven with the pricing of each of their products ranging between £5-£10.


They tailor to all skin types and are all about building the perfect skincare recipe for your skin type and concern. And it appears peopel are into 2019 1 Inkey List product was sold every 30 secs in UK! Crazy quantities!

Where to buy The Inkey list?

The Inkey List is now retailing on Cult Beauty, Boots, Look Fantastic and Feelunique in the UK. If you are based in the USA or Canada The Inkey List is now available in Sephora.


What to use from The Inkey List? Is it Good?

I tried a sensitive skin recipe which included the new Oat Cleansing Balm, The PHA toner, Hyaluronic acid, Polyglutamic acid and the Ceramide night treatment. To be honest I am a big fan of the overall concept of the brand and I really enjoyed using their products. I found each of the products I tried to be really efficient, but for me some I will definitely be repurchasing over others. My favourites from the sensitive skin/dehydrated options I tried were the PHA toner and the Ceramide night treatment which I will definitely be buying again.


The Inkey List PHA Toner - The PHA toner is an amazing chemical exfoliation option for anyone with sensitive skin who has found they can't tolerate BHAs and AHAs. I generally tend to get mixed results when using AHA's and BHA's sometimes tolerating them well, but many other times showing up with redness.


The Inkey List PHA toner claims to use polyhydroxy acid to gently remove dead skin cells from the surface layer of the skin whilst also locking in moisture. For me the reason I found the PHA toner so great is because it really helped improve the overall texture of my skin. However, didn't encourage any redness on my skin. Definitely up there with some of the best chemical exfoliants I've found for my sensitive skin!


The Inkey List Ceramide night treatment - This product claims to use the 3% multi ceramide complex to help protect and rehydrate the skin, plumping it up. I have to say I loved this from the get-go! I really felt it plumped up my skin from the very first application.


Whenever I used it overnight I could still feel it on my skin in the morning, making my skin feel a lot more hydrated and plumped. Definitely a brilliant option if you have dehydrated skin or want a plumping night treatment that isn't going to cause your skin to react by being to heavy or thick.


The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm - I really enjoyed using this cleanser, as I found it incredibly nourishing and comforting. It is great for sensitive skins as well as dryer skins as it really is quite moisturising using oat kernel oil. However if you are not a fan of cleansers that leave a light film then this one is maybe not for you. I've been using it both as a regular second cleanser or to remove makeup as it works really nicely for both. It's also a really nice cleanser to go back to when your skin is playing up, a great one to have in the cupboard!


The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid - Ahh one of their most famous products, this one is a major crowd pleaser! Things I liked: It's affordable, contains 2% pure hyaluronic acid and is the perfect travel size. It works well at really hydrating and soothing the skin. I will do another post comparing it to The Ordinary's hyaluronic acid, but I will say I am a big fan of both formula's. If you suffer from dehydrated skin this is a great pure form of hyaluronic acid that doesn't break the bank at £5.99 but does what it says on the tin.


The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid - This was the only one within the range that I tried that I wasn't so much a fan of. Polyglutamic acid or PGA as it is known in skincare circles is supposed to help maintain skin's moisture levels and hold 4x more mositure than hyaluronic acid!! For me I prefered the hyaluronic acid from a texture perspective (lighter, more watery). Plus I have to say I didn't notice as big results as the effects I see with hyaluronic acid from a hydration point of view. It was not an offending product by any means but in my routine it just didn't seem to find its purpose.

How to use The Inkey List?

The Inkey List essentially break up their products into 5 step categories - Clean, hydrate, treat, moisturise and SPF. Each of their products fit within one of these steps and their packaging is normally pretty clear in showing where each product should sit. They call these steps their skincare recipe and by mixing and matching their different products/or your existing ones with their products you are able to create the recipe for you. They also try to demystify things further by clearly putting together certain products to create easy recipes for people who are overwhelmed by the choice. For example for combating redness the recipe is their Oat Cleansing balm + Snow mushroom.


Other Things to know about The Inkey List...

They don't use any parabens or fragrance ( a biggie for sensitive, or allergy-prone skins) and The Inkey List also doesn't test on animals. What The Inkey List do really well are breaking out the ingredients that will make the biggest difference to your skin and make high quality ingredients afforable much like The Ordinary has also done. They also cater to a range of skin issues and concerns whether you have rosacea, mature or super dry skin.


I hope you enjoyed hearing my thoughts on The Inkey List.

As I continue to try products from their range I will keep updating this page on fresh reviews and thoughts. If you are interested in checking out some of my other sensitive skin posts you can find the latest one here. 

WHERE — London




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