The Inkey List – the newest affordable skincare brand taking over the internet.
About the Inkey List
The Inkey List was founded in 2018 by Colette Laxton and Mark Curry. These founders believe that beauty products should be easy to navigate and understand. They created products with labels to analyze what it is exactly, the benefits it offers and what you should and shouldn’t mix it with.
This skincare line puts their customers first, focusing on keeping costs down while offering high-quality ingredients. They also have formulas that really work and aren’t complicated or difficult to understand.
Every product the brand sells is under $15, which makes it very affordable. You can find The Inkey List’s products on their website or at Sephora.
Many dermatologists and skincare specialists have compared it to The Ordinary because of their prices and ingredients. While both brands are very similar, their packaging is very different. The Ordinary has a clinical approach with names referring to specific ingredients, while The Inkey List breaks down each ingredient, along with a clear description of the results it gives. Here are 10 of the brand’s best products to make your life a little easier.
1. Squalane Oil ($12)
Squalane oil holds onto moisture underneath the skin’s surface. It is a lightweight oil and non-greasy, great for boosting healthy-looking skin, even for those with oilier skin. The plant-derived squalane by The Inkey List also has anti-aging properties, so it can get rid of fine lines and wrinkles.
The oil can restore balance to the skin after using retinol or acids such as AHAs or BHAs. It helps to get rid of any excess oil on the skin as well. You can use it in both your morning and nighttime skincare routine by adding a few drops to your moisturizer.
2. Q10 Antioxidant Serum ($7)
Q10 is an antioxidant similar to Vitamin C to help protect skin against environmental aggressors. It is naturally found in our bodies already and protects, hydrates and helps prevent fine lines and wrinkles. This serum can be a great alternative to Vitamin C as well if it’s normally too irritating for your skin.
The lightweight serum also helps with any extra dryness, loss of firmness and elasticity. It is formulated with Co-Q10 which works to protect the skin from environmental stress, such as pollution. Syn-Tacks™ is another ingredient which is a dual peptide that helps improve elasticity while firming. Squalane is also an ingredient in the formula to provide lightweight hydration.
3. Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($8)
Hyaluronic acid has been a popular skincare ingredient lately in the beauty industry. It functions as a moisture binder, which means it will connect itself to the water in the cells (while also attracting and holding water from the air) making them smooth and plump.
Hyaluronic acid also increases the effectiveness of your other products. There is Matrixyl 3000™ in the formula of the serum, which is a peptide that supports natural collagen production for an added plumping effect. The 2% multi-molecular hyaluronic acid helps to hydrate different layers of the skin.
The hyaluronic acid in the serum can hold up to 1000x its own weight in water. This particular serum by The Inkey List also moisturizes and hydrates skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can get rid of any extra dryness, dullness and uneven texture as well.
4. Vitamin C Brightening Cream ($10)
Vitamin C is a great antioxidant to protect skin from environmental aggressors like pollution, UV light and stress. The ingredient boosts collagen production, brightens skin and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It helps get rid of dull skin, fine lines and uneven skin tone.
The formula doesn’t have an unpleasant scent to it, isn’t greasy and since it is creamy, it’s easy to mix with any moisturizer. Dermatologists and skincare specialists recommend using it in the morning and applying sunscreen right afterward for the best results.
5. Brighten-i Eye Cream ($10)
This Brighten-i Eye Cream illuminates the undereye area to reduce the appearance of dark circles and helps fill in fine lines. It is known to combine skincare and cosmetics because it helps concealer or foundation go on even smoother. It also depuffs because of the metal tip and has blurring spheres to make anyone look just a bit more well-rested.
There is 2% of Brightenyl in the formula which works to brighten the eye contour over time and even skin tone. The 1% of mica Instantly illumunates the under-eye area and brightens and 5% of blurring technology helps to instantly blur the look of fine lines.
This product is an overnight treatment and lightweight gel to help target the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dark spots for a more even skin tone. It is very smooth and glides onto the skin easily.
It is formulated with many brightening ingredients. One ingredient is 2% tranexamic acid to help reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Another is 2% acai berry extract helps to promote even skin tone and anti-aging while the 2% of Vitamin C derivative helps to brighten skin tone and repair damaged skin cells.
7. Peptide Moisturizer ($15)
The Peptide Moisturizer is a nurturing yet fast-absorbing daily moisturizer with a peptide duo that helps support natural collagen and hydrate skin. It helps with fine lines and wrinkles, dryness and loss of firmness and elasticity.
The formula includes 2% of Royal Epigen P5™ nurtures skin to help decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The 1% Hydrating Peptide Solution supports the skin’s moisture barrier for visibly radiant skin. Peptides are small but strong amino acid chains that support the firming, hydrating proteins for your skin. It is known to boost collagen production and firm the skin as well.
8. Kaolin Mask ($7)
This mask from The Inkey List is a natural, deep-cleaning face mask using high-quality clay to help absorb excess oil. It is made for those with normal, dry, combination or oily skin types. The gentle white clay helps to draw impurities out of the skin and improve oil control.
The mask, formulated with kaolin clay, helps remove impurities and exfoliate dead skin cells as well as smectite clay which absorbs excess oil and unclogs pores. It can also get rid of oiliness, acne, blemishes and reduce pores.
9. Alpha Arbutin Brightening Serum ($12)
Alpha arbutin, derived from the leaves of the bearberry plant, helps improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, dark spots and skin tone. This is a concentrated, lightweight serum that can also help with dullness and uneven texture.
The 2% alpha-arbutin, one of the most advanced natural ingredients in skincare, helps to brighten skin tone. Another main ingredient in the formula is the 0.5% squalane which hydrates the skin and is 100% natural and plant-derived.
10. Lactic Acid Serum ($13)
The Lactic Acid Serum by The Inkey List is a gentle exfoliator made to help the skin look brighter and more even-looking while providing additional hydration. It has moisturizing properties and added hyaluronic acid, it leaves the skin softer and smoother. The serum helps with dullness, uneven texture, dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles.
The 10% lactic acid gently exfoliates dead skin cells off the surface and there is 1% of low molecular hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin.