How to use the INKEY List skincare. Like The Ordinary but without the controversy. Active ingredient skincare in concentrations which work – and best bit with a budget friendly, less than £10 price tag.

How to Use New Budget Skincare Brand The INKEY List

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The INKEY List skincare are hot on the tails of game changing skincare brand The Ordinary aka what they’re offering you is affordable skincare (everything’s under £10) with active ingredients in concentrations which work. Amazeballs. A skincare brand that tells you yes you can have your cake and yes you can absolutely, definitely eat it. Like heading to a Michelin star restaurant and receiving a teeny-tiny McDonald’s sized bill.

We’re talking naturals like squalane and rosehip oil.

Proven anti-ageing actives like vitamin C and retinol.

All-rounders like a hemp seed moisturiser or an SPF 50 zinc oxide cream.

Insane. Launching with 15 ridiculously modestly priced products you’ll need a plan of attack before accidentally buying the entire range… twice. Yikes – side effects of budget friendly skincare (!)

Which is why today I’m step by step talking you through;

1) How to use The INKEY List skincare

2) What makes The INKEY List skincare different from The Ordinary

3) Which products are a perfect pick for your skin type

4) How to mix The INKEY List skincare… without products eating each other up (or giving you irritation) – yes it really can happen

5) Where to buy The INKEY List skincare aka how to quench the super excited feeling you have in your tummy right now – don’t worry, I have it too.

Let’s get to this dear friend…

How to use the INKEY List skincare. Like The Ordinary but without the controversy. Active ingredient skincare in concentrations which work – and best bit with a budget friendly, less than £10 price tag.

The INKEY List vs. The Ordinary Skincare

Have you heard about The Ordinary skincare? Launched in 2016 The Ordinary skincare were an Everest sized game changer – their secret sauce – making active ingredient skincare aka retinol, vitamin C, rosehip oil – crazy cheap. They’re hugely successful at it – however not without an almost equally Everest sized amount of controversy about the company’s culture/behaviour of top management.

The great thing is, once one human shows something can be done – others can make the same thing happen effortlessly.

Extremely random but extremely appropriate factoid: Did you know, scientists once believed it was 100% impossible for a human being to run a mile in under 4 minutes. Like a human being who tried would literally break. For over 10 years no-one did it. Then came the year of 1952 when Roger Bannister ran 1 mile to a time of 3.59.4. Can you imagine how loud the crowd cheered? Roger held the record for just 46 short days because once he proved it could be done, other’s believed it could too.

Which is why in the jet stream of The Ordinary skincare is being born equally as good, active ingredient, budget friendly skincare like The INKEY List.

Hooray!

But The INKEY List are definitely not a carbon copy of The Ordinary. Oh no dear friend, here’s where The INKEY List skincare stands up and says we might be relatives, but we’re definitely not twins;

  1. All INKEY List skincare is jaw-dropping-ly under £10 – The Ordinary now goes up to £28.90
  2. The INKEY List formulas are ‘wholer’ than The Ordinary e.g. The INKEY List Hyaluronic Acid serum doesn’t just contain an active amount of hyaluronic acid, it also contains a very effective anti-ageing peptide combination called Matrixyl 3000. The Ordinary also have a lot of products which contain 1 active ingredient dissolved up in a solvent called propanediol – it works, but can feel pretty greasy for a few minutes.
  3. The INKEY List offer masks (!) at the moment they have 1 – their Kaolin clay mask – fantastic for oily skin types
  4. The INKEY List look to be putting a focus on active naturals e.g. their Turmeric cream with 1% vitamin E
  5. Goodbye sometimes fiddly to use The Ordinary dropper bottles, The INKEY List uses squirt-able tubes and bottles.

Feast your eyes on the full 15 product INKEY range here.

Which by the way you can order on either FeelUnique or CultBeauty with free P&P when spending over £15. CultBeauty also do free US delivery on orders over $30 or $3.95 for anything under.

Looking pretty awesome ‘eh. Before you buy, be sure to read on because I’m going to be showing you which products are perfect fit for your skin type plus exactly how to mix them aka don’t mix these ingredients because your skin might throw a loud ‘n pink tantrum.

How to Use The INKEY List Skincare: Which products for your skin type?

Excitement! The bit where you find out how to use The INKEY List skincare and are 100% let loose to buy. So dear friend, what you’re going to find below is a skin type list plus a skin concern list (aka large pores, hyperpigmentation) with the best and next best skincare products for your skin type aka the best are perfect fit and the next best are 2nd perfect fit (just drop me any questions in the comments at the bottom of this blog if you’re still not sure);

Oily skin;

  • Kaolin clay mask
  • Q10 serum
  • Rosehip oil

Combination Skin;

  • Kaolin clay mask – for T-zone
  • Hyaluronic acid serum
  • Q10 serum
  • Rosehip oil
  • Glycolic acid liquid toner

Dry skin;

  • Hemp oil cream moisturiser
  • Turmeric cream moisturiser
  • Squalane oil
  • Lactic acid serum

2nd best;

  • Hyaluronic acid serum
  • Q10 serum

Sensitive skin;

  • Turmeric cream moisturiser
  • Hemp oil cream moisturiser
  • Zinc oxide cream moisturiser
  • Rosehip oil
  • Lactic acid serum – be sure to patch test – not for hypersensitive skin

Mature skin aka concerns of ageing;

  • Retinol serum
  • Glycolic acid liquid toner
  • Alpha hydroxy serum
  • Vitamin C serum
  • Collagen serum

2nd best;

  • Squalane oil
  • Hyaluronic acid serum
  • Lactic acid serum – more sensitive and hydrating exfoliant
  • Q10 serum
  • Hemp oil cream moisturiser
  • Turmeric cream moisturiser

Acne prone skin;

  • Hyaluronic acid serum
  • Q10 serum
  • Rosehip oil
  • Retinol serum

2nd best;

  • Glycolic acid liquid toner

Large pores;

  • Glycolic acid liquid toner
  • Kaolin clay mask
  • Retinol serum

Hyperpigmentation;

  • Alpha hydroxy serum
  • Vitamin C serum
  • Lactic acid serum
  • Turmeric cream moisturiser
  • Retinol serum
  • Glycolic acid liquid toner

NOTE: The INKEY List’s Turmeric cream moisturiser, Hemp oil cream moisturiser and Zinc oxide cream moisturiser contain a small amount of ingredients which might block your pores and therefore cause spots – coconut oil and ethylhexyl palmitate.

Both rate a 4/5 on the comedogenicity scale aka pore blocking scale, however as there’s just a small amount, the overall spot causing ability of all 3 will be hugely diluted and maybe zilch. If you have acne they’re best avoided, if you get the occasional spot, you’ll probably be A-OK.

How to Mix The INKEY List Skincare

Next step, how to mix your INKEY List skincare safely. Using active ingredient skincare is like cooking with super strong flavours – you could mix soy sauce with cacao powder – but you’ll be searching a while to find a taste-tester who goes oh-my-gosh-yummy-gimme-more!

Dear friend, mixing active ingredient skincare’s the same story. And there’s just a few simple rules to follow;

  1. Avoid using too many skincare products, at the same time which do the same thing e.g. exfoliate
  2. Use low pH skincare apart from higher pH skincare – it makes sure the active ingredients can work
  3. Layer from thinnest to thickest
  4. Use retinol at nighttime
  5. Use actives which make your skin more sensitive to sunlight at nighttime e.g. acids like The INKEY List’s glycolic acid liquid toner

Number 1 is super important and it means for example you should only use 1 acid product at a time. It also means actives like vitamin C are best kept separately from acids as vitamin C can exfoliate your skin too. This would mean using The INKEY’s vitamin C serum in AM – which by the way it’s great for and their glycolic acid liquid toner in PM.

Second stop – the pH of your skincare aka how acid or not it is. This affects how well active ingredients work. Like having a best bud who’s a hot weather person and a best bud who’s an I love snowmen and Iceland kinda gal. For this rule, you’ll want to keep retinol separate from acid products or wait around 20 minutes in-between using.

Final how to use The INKEY List tip: Be strength safe. The INKEY List’s retinol serum is 1.5%, their vitamin C serum is 30% and their glycolic acid liquid toner is 10% – if your skin’s new to active ingredient skincare start with 1 high strength product and use only a few times per week to get your skin adjusting.

Psst! Need a little more mixing help? Download your copy of my free how to mix skincare guide here.

Where to Buy The INKEY List Skincare

One word – FeelUnique – where you can see their full 15 product skincare range here. And psst – if you’re in the UK you get free postage if spending over £15 and If you’re in the EU it’s over £40 (although there’s a few exceptions like Norway). FeelUnique also ship worldwide, but you’ll want to take a gander at their shipping fees here before ordering.

More excitement to come: I promise you these 15 INKEY List products will not be a solo 15 for long. You might notice there’s less skincare products for acne prone skin and the range also lacks a BHA/salicylic acid toner plus any product with the wondrous niacinamide in it. Watch this space!


Which The INKEY List skincare picks are on your radar? Have more how to use The INKEY List skincare questions? Want to know if you’ve put your AM and PM routine together in a skin-safe way? Come chat to me in the comments below dear friend…