How I Got On With The Inkey List Skincare

The Inkey List skincare review

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I've been trying to branch out recently and try new brands, well new for me anyway. That's when I came across The Inkey List and their straightforward skincare products. There's no pretty packaging and fancy names, all their products have the same black and white packaging. The products don't have catchy names either, they just have the ingredients on them, cutting out all the nonsense. 
The only downside to these products for me is that I don't know an awful lot about skincare and what ingredients to look for. It's something that I'm learning about, but I had to research each product to understand what it actually does before deciding which one to go for. It was difficult not to buy loads, as their prices are pretty friendly too. Alas, I resisted and picked up three products, one being a serum.

The Inkey List skincare

The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser

Can I just say, the fact that they have how to pronounce each one underneath is extremely helpful for me. Anyway, I picked up their Salicylic Acid Cleanser as it's supposedly a must-have for people with acne-prone skin. Why you ask? Because it's formulated with a zinc compound to help control excess sebum, while the allantoin helps soothe and protect your skin. 

So what did I think to it? I have to admit, at first I was a bit unsure of it because it didn't feel like it was giving my skin a very good cleanse after removing my makeup. However, I persisted and my skin was very happy because of it. This Salicylic Acid Cleanser is a very gentle cleanser, meaning it wasn't stripping my skin at all but it was helping calm it and reduce the appearance of blackheads and spots. I made sure I exfoliated my skin once or twice a week too, just to give it that extra deep cleanse I felt it wasn't getting with The Inkey List cleanser. 

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The Inkey List Vitamin C Serum

I don't recall ever having used a serum before, definitely not a vitamin C one... So I wasn't too sure what to expect from it. I picked it up because it felt like the perfect product to add to my skincare for Summer. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant and reduces the impact of daily skin stressors like pollution and sun exposure. It also brightens your skin and evens out your skin tone, whilst pumping it and improving skins elasticity.

I was excited to use this, I felt like I was levelling up in the skincare world by adding a serum. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by this one. When I started using it, my skin started to tingle and sting... I worried my skin was reacting to it but when I looked into it, it says it's normal at first and if it persists to mix with 1-2 drops of hyaluronic acid serum. I kept using it alone, hoping my skin would adjust, but it didn't and I didn't really want to have to buy another product to be able to use it. I don't know if all serums do this or just this one because it's a bit stronger?? If you know, please let me know in the comments or on social media. 

The Inkey List Zinc Moisturizer 

Last but not least, the Zinc moisturiser. I picked this one up because, well mainly due to the fact that it has SPF 50 in it and who wouldn't want that in their moisturizer during Summer? Not only that, but its lightweight formula protects your skin without blocking your pores. Perfect, right?

This product was definitely my favourite of the three. Although I did start using it only during the day as I felt it wasn't as hydrating as I'd like for a night cream. It was perfect for during the day though, I say was because I've used it all up already - That's how much I loved it. Its lightweight formula soaks up beautifully into your skin leaving it looking radiant and ready for the day.

So what are my final thoughts on these Inkey List products? I was really happy with all of them except for the serum. Although the tingling wasn't making my skin react, it wasn't a very nice sensation to have on my skin at all. My skin looked the best it has looked in some time while using these, but I was eating less processed foods and exercising too... So that definitely helped. Would I buy them again? I'd buy the Salicylic Acid Cleanser and the Zinc Moisturizer again in a heartbeat. I'm looking forward to trying some more of The Inkey Lists skincare, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know.


  1. This brand reminds me of the ordinary so much! I eyed their products before whilst browsing online. I think in terms of vitamin C, your skin just needs to get used to it. It might even be that using salicylic acid in combination with the Vitamin C has caused a reaction. Acids can make your skin more sensitive after all :)
    Laura /


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