Skincare That Works Without All The Expensive Packaging | The Inkey List


Danielle Levy, The INKEY List, beauty blogger, skincare, affordable skincare, skincare blogger, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,

I've had encountered quite a few skincare brands now through doing my blog and one that has been at the top of my list to try for a little while now is The Inkey List, so I was super excited when they kindly reached out to me and offered to send across one of their newest launches, the Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment as well as some of their other iconic products. For the past couple of weeks I've been really putting these products through their paces and I thought it was about time for me to share with you all how I've gotten on with their products.

The Inkey List
The Inkey List was found back in 2018 by Colette and Mark with the aim to make skincare that empowers people to take better care of their skin through better knowledge of their skincare products. Their brand values revolve around knowledge, quality and efficacy, transparency, finally equality. On their website you can either go exactly to the products you are looking for or you can try their recipe builder questionnaire that asks your skincare goals, details about your skin at the present moment, and your skin sensitivity to build you your own Skincare Recipe with product recommendations, how to use the recommended products as well as tips and tricks. Their website is also very user friendly, when you land on the skincare products page, it is easily dividable into clean, treat, and moisturise. Also if you didn't know, every box that houses your skincare has printed inside the products to pair it with and also an Ask Inkey section.

Succinic Blemish Treatment
The product that started it all with this review, the Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment is the latest skincare launch from The Inkey List. This bad boy is designed to help clear blemishes fast, reduce inflammation and prevent clogged pores. It's a green coloured cream which I love cause the green tones instantly make my breakouts look less irritated. It is filled with 2% succinic acid, 1% salicylic acid, and 0.4% hyaluronic acid all of which help to reduce blemishes, reduce oil levels, prevent pores becoming blocked again. 

I love that it's got the added hyaluronic acid in it so it can banish your breakouts without drying out the skin which I usually find happens with spot treatments. I generally use this morning and evening but you can actually use it up to three times a day (if you have a really stubborn spot that doesn't want to go anywhere), I've even used this underneath my makeup and it tackles my breakouts without my skin looking dry and flaky with makeup. Now I regularly get small hormonal spots around my chin (thanks to my pill) but now and again I get those larger, painful bump under the skin spots so when one of these spots popped up I decided to test out the Succinic Blemish Treatment on it and using it twice a day, it took about 3 days for the spot to completely shrink down and disappear.

Salicylic Acid Cleanser
I tend to stay away for foaming facial cleansers as they usually leave my skin with that dried out, tight feeling but the Salicylic Acid Cleanser is designed to be a non-drying cleanser that helps you remove makeup and dirt whilst also helping to reduce breakouts and blackheads. This cleanser is filled with 2% salicylic acid, zinc compound, and 0.5% allantoin so it'll help to unblock your pores, gently exfoliate your skin whilst soothing any irritation. Now I can't comment on using it solely to remove makeup as I have been using this cleanser as the second step in my double cleanse routine after a cleansing oil but I have found that it leaves my skin feeling clean and soft without any redness or irritation. This is a great budget friendly facial cleanser as you get 150ml of product for only £10.99.

Hyaluronic Acid
This is my wonder skincare product, if anyone asks me about skincare, hyaluronic acid is always what I recommend because everyone needs it in their skincare routine. The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid is only £5.99 for a 30ml bottle and you have no excuse for not using it morning and night because the bottle is compact enough to fit into any purse or coat pocket! If you didn't already know, hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in your skin but as we get older the levels gradually reduce which can lead to dull skin, fine lines and uneven skin texture. Hyaluronic acid is designed to be applied to damp skin as it works like a magnet for moisture, to help your skin cells retain as much moisture as possible making your skin feel plumper and more hydrated. I keep mine in the bathroom next to my face wash so that as soon as my face is cleansed, I can apply it but you can also use a facial spray to dampen your skin before you apply it.

Niacinamide
So Niacinamide is something completely new to me, I've never tried it before this bottle landed on my doorstep. My skin is more on the dry side with a little bit of oiliness (like after a day of wearing makeup) around my nostrils and in the middle of my chin so I've been using this as a targeted serum particularly in those areas I get a little bit of oiliness. This Niacinamide serum is filled with 10% niacinamide and 1% hyaluronic acid so it helps to tackle excess oil, target blemishes and redness whilst also keeping your skin hydrated. I didn't realise until I got my hands on this Niacinamide serum from The Inkey List but if you have sensitive skin, you can actually apply niacinamide before retinol to help decrease irritation. 

Multi-Biotic
The Multi-Biotic moisturiser is a lightweight moisturiser that is designed to balance your skin, hydrate and maintain your skin's pH balance. It's filled with 5% yogurtene balance, 2% brightentyl and 2% squalene to hydrate and even out your skin whilst also reducing breakouts by balancing out your skin. This is the only product that I was sent that I didn't really get along with. I found that on skincare only days when I used this moisturiser, whenever I touched my face, it pilled up on my skin and it didn't really leave my face feeling as hydrated as other moisturisers I use normally do. I did however pass it along to a family member who tried it out and they said it worked really well for them. 

I'm not going to lie because of all the rave reviews I spotted on social media so I was holding The Inkey List to very high standards and so far I'm very impressed with what I've tried. I really want to try out their recently launched haircare products out next.

Have you tried The Inkey List products yet?

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Danielle Levy, Wirral blogger, Liverpool blogger,
*This blog posts contains items gifted for review. All opinions are honest and my own.
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