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The Inkey List Product Feature + Review, Part II.

The Inkey List Skincare review


Heya! This review features my top picks in The Inkey List products, as well as some discoveries. The Inkey List is a very exciting skincare and haircare brand that focuses on creating products that specifically address skincare and haircare needs. Their products are worth checking out because they have such interesting ingredients. I have reviewed The Inkey List brand before, along with my first impression of their products (see HERE). Because I enjoyed that review, here are more Inkey List goodies I have been testing.


The Inkey List Succinic Acid Acne Treatment


Bakuchiol – We all know that Bakuchiol is the next best thing to Retinol. Retinol has a lot of side effects, while Bakuchiol, though not extensively studied, has not been reported to have harsh effects on people’s health and skin. Like Retinol, Bakuchiol helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also even the skintone, which I have noticed on my skin after using this product, and in any Bakuchiol derivatives, in general. Furthermore, this product contains Omega-3 Sacha Inchi oil and Squalane, which are hydrating and nourishing to the skin.


Succinic Acid Acne Treatment – This product is so new to me. This contains 2% Succinic Acid, an antimicrobial treatment derived from amber and sugar cane. Succinic acid treatments work to prevent and control breakouts and clear blemishes. It can also control excess oil from the skin and it can unclog the pores. This product also contains 2% Sulfur and 1% Salicylic Acid to combat any stubborn breakouts. Though I never had any untoward reaction towards this product, I still only use this product as a targeted treatment for any breakouts. Sulfur and Salicylic Acid works well for my skin, so this product has that multitasking and compounding effect when treating potential and uncontrollable breakouts.


Caffeine Eye Cream – This inexpensive eye cream works in depuffing eyebags. It may not brighten the undereyes, but it helps to keep you looking more awake and less tired. The formula is very creamy and easy to blend, while also hydrating on the skin. I have tried this eye cream many times before, and this is still my quick fix whenever I wake up with puffy swollen lids.


The Inkey List PCA Bond Repair Hair Treatment


Salicylic Acid Cleanser – This is probably my most beloved product from The Inkey List. It is challenging to find a good Salicylic Acid cleanser nowadays, but I am glad that I found this product. This product does not have any strong scent, and the consistency is very gel-like, which foams easily. I love the big packaging, which lasts a long time, and I am so impressed with how this product controls excess oil from the skin, which helps to mattify and prevent pimples.


Niacinamide – This lightweight clear gel is packed with 10% Niacinamide. Niacinamide is basically Vitamin B3 that has multiple beneficial effects on the skin. First, it prevents and reduces the appearance of breakouts. Second, it evens the skintone. Third, it has brightening effects. Fourth, it reduces excess oil from the skin. Fifth, it reduces redness and blemishes. I believe this product is heaven-sent, and every person in the world who struggles with breakouts should have this. Niacinamide is very effective in improving the skin’s overall vitality and tone, and with 1% Hyaluronic Acid for additional hydration, like this inexpensive and easy-to-layer product, what more can you ask for? 🙂


Hyaluronic Acid – If you need a skincare product that helps to retain moisture in your skin, especially if you have excessively dry skin, then you might benefit from this Inkey List product. This Hyaluronic Acid serum is a moisture-magnet that helps the skin to attract more moisture. When the skin is moisturized, wrinkles and dry patches will be lessened or will disappear due to the plump and elasticized appearance. My skin is an oily type, so I use this around the cold and dry season when my skin tends to be somewhat dry in some areas.


Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment


Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment – What an interesting haircare product this is. This product is a serum that you apply directly to your scalp during the shower. The purpose is to control and balance oil production on the scalp, that is, to prevent flakes, itchiness, redness, and scalp breakouts. If Salicylic Acid can work well on the face, it can work well on the scalp, too, especially if you tend to have itchy scalp and greasy hair. Works very well for me. I will need this in large packaging.


PCA Bond Repair Hair Treatment – This hairspray releases a fine mist that gives a rebonding effect on the hair. The main ingredient is PCA or Pyrrolidone Carboxylic Acid, which helps repair, protect, and strengthen hair strand damage due to several stresses on the hair (e.g., constant heat styling, bleaching, and coloring treatments). The effect is relaxed, frizz-free hair that seems to continuously improve with time, as I have noticed on my hair. I use this product right after showering when the hair is still damp.


Tranexamic Acid Night Treatment – This product is very interesting. The main ingredient of this product is 2% Tranexamic Acid. Tranexamic Acid is a powerful amino acid commonly used as an antifibrinolytic. On the skin, it acts to lighten any dark spots. Thereby reducing hyperpigmentation and evens the skintone over time. This product’s consistency is very much like a gel that is easy to blend. Other ingredients in this product are 2% Açai Berry and 2% Vitamin C. I have yet to see the long-term effect of this product on my skin. So far, I do not have a lot of dark spots to lighten. This product can be used once at night.


There goes my second Inkey List product feature. I love the brand because its products target specific skincare and haircare needs. Most of all, the products work well without breaking the bank.


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Note. Products provided by The Inkey List. The review and opinion herein are by the editor.





The Inkey List Review

the inkey list salicylic acid cleanser review


Hey-lo! I’ve always wanted to do this review because I’m sure you’re wondering what I think about The Inkey List brand. You’re probably curious if I’m a big fan of single-ingredient skincare products, or do I prefer the multitasking ones? My answer is “it depends”. When there’s a specific skincare concern that I want to address, I like to use a single-ingredient product. But when I’m crazy busy, I like to use some skincare multitaskers.


The Inkey List is a brand I’ve been using to supplement my skincare needs for more than a year. They have several exciting products that mostly contain a single ingredient targeted to a specific skincare concern or to simply enhance the skin. I haven’t tried all of them yet, but I certainly have tried a couple of them already. Here are my thoughts.


the inkey list kaolin clay mask review


Brighten-i Eye Cream – I like this eye cream for the price, but after going through the whole tube, I didn’t really find any dramatic effect on my undereyes. I also did not notice any depuffing effect from this. However, this product did not exacerbate my sleepless undereye circles. So, this is still a good deal.


Bakuchiol – Truly a great alternative to Retinol, but may not be as effective. This product does a good job of refining my skin’s texture without the irritation that Retinol gives. However, this does not provide the same glowy effect that Retinol does. I do like that this does not have any strong scent and is way safer to use than Retinol. I also recommend the one from Alpyn Beauty Melt Moisturizer, which also contains Bakuchiol and a good alternative to Retinol.


the inkey list bakuchiol review


Alpha Arbutin – I don’t use this much, but many folks swear by this product. Alpha Arbutin can reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. While I haven’t had any of these issues lately since I mostly stay indoor, what I do notice is that my skin feels so smooth after using this. I should investigate this further and see how this compares to Bakuchiol. Also, this product does not have any strong scent, which is excellent.


Salicylic Acid Cleanser – I’m not sure if you noticed, but it’s quite a challenge to look for an excellent salicylic acid cleanser nowadays. The drugstore ones do not really work for me, and my face ends up being oily after a few hours. This Inkey List salicylic acid cleanser is one of the few that I found that really mattifies my face.


the inkey list collagen booster review


Kaolin Clay – Wondering what’s a good clay face mask for oily skin? Kaolin clay, yes. This mask is on the milder side, which means that the texture is way smoother than most clay face masks out there. I like this product because this does not irritate my skin, and this does not feel too stripping. However, I wouldn’t recommend this as a weekly or biweekly exfoliating mask because this feels more like an everyday face mask.


Collagen Booster – Think of this product as a framework that will keep the facial skin together, like some kind of scaffolding, lol. Collagen peptides are good for maintaining skin elasticity, but our skin tends to lose it as we age (quoting Healthline on this) or if we are under stress (oxidative stress). Therefore, it’s very important that we replenish the collagen loss to avoid skin sagging. So, if ever you find yourself feeling like you’re losing collagen from learning how to write grants 😀 (wink wink), you gotta use this.


the inkey list alpha arbutin review


Overall, I love this brand, especially the price. I don’t think you can find several other brands like this that don’t skip on ingredients’ potency while making the price affordable for everyone. I can only think of “The Ordinary”, which is also a great skincare brand when it comes to quality and affordability. I will be reviewing that brand soon. So, stay tuned.


What do you think of The Inkey List? Yay or Nay?






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