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  • Writer's pictureAnjana Rajbhandary

The Inkey List Products You Need Based On Your Skin Type

In the competitive world of beauty, good products never go unnoticed, and it’s easy for them to gain popularity if they are also budget-friendly. Gone are the days when you had to spend hundreds on quality skincare that actually works. The rise of cult beauty brand The Ordinary is proof of that.

Launched in 2016 by the company Deciem, The Ordinary is a line of affordable skincare products, per The New York Times. The line became a staple in the vanities of many. Another line of skincare products to create a similar level of buzz with an affordable price tag was The Inkey List. According to The Inkey List’s website, the line was launched in 2018 by Colette Laxton and Mark Curry. One of their goals was to make skincare routines easier to understand. This no-nonsense brand delivered on the promise with each product “based around a single ingredient” to make it easier for consumers to find exactly what their skin needed (via Women’s Health). Curry told the outlet, “‘The reason the brand exists is to take the complexity away from the world of beauty.” It doesn’t matter what kind of skin you have because there are products made specifically for you, and they make it so easy for you to choose. Let’s see which hero-ingredient you need to add to your makeup vanity based on your skin type.

The best The Inkey List products for aging skin include ingredients like retinol

There are tons of anti-aging ingredients on the market that promise you a youthful appearance, but a lot of how you age depends on your genetics and lifestyle. According to Self, if you want to look younger for longer, you should use sunscreen every day. The sun’s rays can damage your skin by “breaking down the collagen and elastin that keeps your skin firm and plump,” which can further lead to less taut and dull-looking skin. Let’s take care of that. Women’s Health recommends you start your day with The Inkey List Collagen Peptide Serum, which has powerful peptides called Matrixyl 3000 and Syn Tacks to “mimic the plumping effects of the skin’s own collagen.” Hello, younger-looking skin. It is normal to notice puffiness and dark circles around your eyes as you age, and for that, Who What Wear suggests you try The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream to help with puffiness and to lighten dark circles. There is probably nothing better than retinol for fine lines and wrinkles, so you should add The Inkey List Retinol Anti-Aging Serum to your night routine. Byrdie loves this serum because it helps with “fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and pigmentation issues.” Just don’t forget your SPF the following day, as retinol can make your skin more sensitive to the sun as well. Did we mention the entire line is also clean?

The best The Inkey List products for sensitive skin include ingredients like hemp

Sensitive skin can be challenging because you have to be extra cautious as it is prone to more irritation and inflammation compared to other skin types. Of course, The Inkey List has you covered. Hyaluronic acid is an excellent pick for all skin types, including sensitive skin (via Healthline). Women’s Health suggests you start your morning with The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum, which will help with hydration but shouldn’t cause inflammation. Follow the serum with The Inkey List Multi-Biotic Balancing Moisturizer with Yogurtene Balance 5%, which can “boost the bacteria in your microbiome” to strengthen your skin barrier. You can use The Inkey List Lactic Acid Serum at night. It is a “more gentle” exfoliant that can help get rid of dead skin and reveal brighter-looking skin, per Byrdie. For a moisturizer, you have to try The Inkey List Hemp Oil Moisturizer with green tea extracts that “fights free radicals” and “soothes inflammation,” making it a perfect choice for sensitive skin sisters (via Beautiful with Brains). Did you know they also have sunscreen? Happy Skin Days is a fan of The Inkey List SPF 30 Sunscreen because this zinc oxide sunscreen feels like “a tight primer” with zero “greyness or chalkiness.” According to the brand, it is non-comedogenic, makes your skin super soft, and is great for anyone with “oily, blemish-prone or sensitive skin.”

The best The Inkey List products for acne-prone and oily skin include ingredients like salicylic acid

Acne can be the worst, and you can blame your genetics and hormones for that. It can be challenging to find a skincare product made perfectly for you if you want to hydrate your skin without giving it an extra reason to break out. Salicylic acid is your BFF, so you need The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser in your life. The Skincare Culture raves about this gentle cleanser because it gets rid of all impurities and makeup on the skin surface and can also go deep inside your skin to prevent your pores from clogging. If you like treating yourself to face masks, Byrdie recommends trying The Inkey List Kaolin Clay Mask to “absorb excess oil, unclog pores and even skin tone by gently exfoliating.” Say goodbye to dirt and bacteria at once. If you have oily skin, you probably think you need to stay away from facial oils, but that is not the case with The Inkey List Rosehip Oil. This Allure Best of Beauty Award winner is a sure way to get “softer and smoother skin” (via Allure). According to the brand, this oil is excellent for all skin types and has Linoleic Acid to “regulate oil production for those with oily or blemish-prone skin.” Again, don’t forget sunscreen!

The best The Inkey List products for dry skin include ingredients like polyglutamic acid

Most people struggle with dry skin in the colder months. But it is also a skin type some people have all the time, and they tend to need more hydration because they are prone to “flakiness, itching, wrinkles, and even eczema and psoriasis,” according to Dr. Judith Hellman, per Healthline. One of the best things you can do for your dry skin is keep it moisturized as much as possible, and serums are magic for that. You can always use the brand’s hyaluronic acid products on parched skin, but there is something even better. The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid Hydrating Serum can “hold up to four times more moisture” (via Women’s Health). If you have dry skin, you need this, and you can also benefit from adding oils to your routine. Allure loves The Inkey List Rosehip Nourishing Night Oil. It’s uber-hydrating and an antioxidant that can help improve “skin tone, texture, and pigmentation.” Dry skin can always use extra moisturizing, and Byrdie raves about The Inkey List Squalane Face Oil because it is “great at holding onto moisture underneath the skin’s surface” and can also help with fine lines. For a moisturizer, take Glamour’s pick: The Inkey List Ceramide Night Treatment. It “plumps” your skin without clogging your pores. You can also wear it during the day, just follow with sunscreen. This entire line is wallet-friendly and so skin-specific.

Originally published at on March 23, 2022.


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