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These Are The 5 Best INKEY List Products (this is a 2021 Update)

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That moment is so exciting. The one when I reveal a new skincare routine to a wonderful SkinCoachee of mine (sometimes there’s even some best INKEY List products in the mix) and with a huge hoorah they discover great skincare really doesn’t have to be expensive. You just have to know what you’re looking for.

It’s one of the first questions I ask.

What’s your skincare budget?

Are we talking – will walk 5 extra (pre-hike) kilometres to avoid a £10/$10 parking charge?

Can’t believe I once did this 😉

Or I have the budget to hire palm thonged bodybuilders to carry me in on my very own lifted bed. Walking!? That’s shocking, how dare you suggest such a thing.  

Spoiler alert!

Super expensive skincare is usually not worth it.

You can get better by paying less.

Wahoo. So exciting to hear eh.

And today I’m here to share with you a 2021 best INKEY List products update. Because they’ve come a long-ass way since their birth in 2018.

And when I say a long-ass way, I mean it. The new launches which have been scattered through 2020 and a hot off the press 2021 launch (which yes it making this list – more soon) – are like diamonds compared to their debut range.

A sprinkling of best INKEY List products into a routine of well-chosen foundations can be exactly what’s needed to get you that confident, clear skin glow. Yes, yes, yes.

Let’s do this shall we?

These 5 best INKEY List products will set you up with a how to get glowing skin on a budget. This works, come find out why >

Best Inkey List Products

Quick note – this list of 5 Best The INKEY List products supersedes my 2019 version here.

Have you been looking at an older round-up of best INKEY List products? If you have step away now my friend.

The INKEY List are like a fashion house.

They have launches 2, 3, 4 times a year.

And just like a fashion house while there are classic staples which stand the test of time (definitely not the poncho), so many get outdated or updated by new and exciting actives.

This 2021 best INKEY List product review contains no ponchos 😉

1. 15% Vitamin C + EFG serum

What the heck’s EFG? Epidermal growth factor and I’m telling you all about it soon.

This 15% vitamin C serum from The INKEY List is a winner. It contains vitamin C as Ascorbyl Glucoside.

Technically ascorbyl glucoside is an indirect form of vitamin C which means it does not sting or burn skin. If you have sensitive skin and vitamin C serums have burned you in the past, it’s likely because you tried a direct form of vitamin C known as ascorbic acid.

While they can be great they’re definitely not for sensitive skin types. And I don’t often recommend them.


What this best INKEY List product can do for your skin. The exciting list!

  1. Help prevent fine lines and wrinkles (maybe even help reverse existing fine lines)
  2. Even your skin tone
  3. Help fade away pigmentation marks/dark marks or dark acne scars which are what’s known as PIH
  4. Boost skin elasticity (and collagen production – wahoo)
  5. Help boost skin’s antioxidant levels
  6. Brighten, brighten, brighten, glow, glow, glow

Vitamin C is a fantastic active to have in an anti-ageing routine because without vitamin C your skin can’t make collagen and collagen is like scaffolding to your skin structure. When it gets damaged, skin droops. Like a wet tent.

Don’t worry – doesn’t happen when you go glamping 😉

This serum is a super simple collection of ingredients, it has anti-ageing and brightening vitamin C, hydrating actives and then epidermal growth factor, also know as oligopeptide-1.

Aka a peptide.

It can;

  • Stimulate hyaluronic acid synthesis – which is amazing because some hyaluronic acid serums come with side effects
  • Can make your skin give birth to more of the cells (called fibroblasts) which make collagen – aka it’s anti-ageing (!)
  • Helps skin to heal
  • Help reduce the depth of wrinkles
  • Smooths and tones skin


This is a lightweight serum which absorbs in quick and easy. Unlike some of the other INKEY List serums which can be a bit drying to skin, this serum is the opposite. It’s a water party for your skin. Hydration station.

The one for you if – you want a sensitive to skin anti-ageing and brightening serum (that can also be used around the eyes).

Buy it now. 

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2. Niacinamide Serum

Which by the way is a 10% niacinamide serum. I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. You need niacinamide in your routine. Niacinamide is holy grail and this best INKEY List product is a great formula to start off with.

One of the simplest ways you can look after your long term skin health aka make your skin resist acne, breakouts, ageing, uneven skin tone and more is to take care of your skin’s oil-hydration balance.

If either is stuttering, skin health plummets and there’s no point adding in a magic blemish buster or wrinkle eraser if you haven’t got your oil-hydration balance sorted. It’s like trying to fill a bathtub with your plug pulled out.

Psst – get your free copy of my 5-best anti-ageing actives cheatsheet. See if niacinamide is on there. Click here to get yours now.

Niacinamide is winning for great oil-hydration balance. That’s because it can help your skin to make ceramides aka a natural oily (non-greasy) fat which forms your skin barrier and it can help balance sebum production (not turn it off like some skincare actives do, but make it healthy) and this means your skin can hold onto and retain hydration.

Boom – oil-hydration balance.

On top of these crazy important foundations niacinamide is also a super start for;

  1. Helping reverse and protect against fine lines and wrinkles
  2. Evening skin tone
  3. Reducing redness
  4. Preventing dry, flaky patches of skin
  5. Helping prevent that yellow sallowness which can come as skin gets ‘experienced’
  6. Help prevent breakouts and acne

And best bit there is a heck load of proof that niacinamide penetrates skin quickly and super effectively aka it works (!)

The one for you if – you have skin 😉

Buy it now. 

3. Succinic Acid Acne Treatment

Eek, it’s the one you’ve been waiting for. The 2021 INKEY List launch that can get you some real quick benefits.

This is a powerful breakout treatment.

It contains;

  • 1% salicylic acid
  • 2% succinic acid
  • Colloidal sulphur – which yes means this isn’t the best smelling but trust me you get used to it fast and the smell goes quick
  • Hydrating actives – so your skin doesn’t dry out like the Sahara

If your skin is prone to breakouts or adult acne you know all about salicylic acid eh. It dissolves best in oil and can get deep into your pores – the source of all acne breakouts.

I bet you haven’t heard of succinic acid though.

It’s a pretty new active in the skincare world.

A naturally available antioxidant which is even better vs. salicylic acid at killing off acne bacteria.

It’s also got anti-hyperproliferative benefits.

Don’t worry if that’s making zero sense. All this means is it can help stop your skin cells from overgrowing. This is what happens inside your pores when you get breakouts.

Sulphur can also help breakdown the overgrowth of skin cells as it’s what’s called a keratolytic. The INKEY List use colloidal suphur in this formula, colloidal is another way of saying its particles are teeny-tiny and therefore more likely to get where they need to be inside your pores. Awesome sauce.


Overall I can’t rate this new and best INKEY List product highly enough. It gets all my stars for a spot treatment that’s fast and works.

The one for you if – you get pre-period or any time of the month breakouts.

Buy it now. 

4. C50 Blemish Night Treatment

This best INKEY List product is not for everyone. If you have sensitive skin it’s a no. If you don’t, it’s a heck yes.

With salicylic acid, a form of vitamin C which is known to help with acne (sodium ascorbyl phosphate) and anti-ageing, plus an extract of centella (madecassoside) which can help super soothe skin, it’s a winner for congested skin types.

Have a load of skin texture on your forehead? Or skin that’s super congested and uneven?

This is the INKEY List serum you need.

Salicylic acid is a leave-on exfoliant which can help smooth skin.

That special form of vitamin C can help your sebum from ‘going off’ aka oxidising.

Psst – when your sebum goes off it goes highly comedogenic aka pore blocking. This could be a number one cause of your congested skin.

And the super soother madecassoside (seriously who comes up with these names? ;)) will help take down redness and calm your skin so it can be smooth, healthy and happy.

It won’t work overnight but with regular use should start showing you results in a few months time. Will you let me know if you try it?

The one for you if – your skin’s rough and congested.

Buy it now.

5. Oat Cleansing Balm

This bumper tube lasts forever. I still have my original. And I love it.

This is a fantastic cleanser for normal, combination (but not breakouts prone) and dry skin types.

You almost don’t realise you’ve washed your face – which is a very, very good thing if you’re trying to get super healthy skin.

Washing is the ache nemesis of healthy skin. Which seems crazy to say eh.

If your skin ever feels squeaky or like it’s had a ‘deep clean’ then you’ve gone too far – these are warning signs.

I know it can feel so good but long term it’s like punching holes in your skin.

Which is why it’s super important to be using a skin respecting cleanser.

One which does its job without need for recognition. The silent yet effective type. Like a Dyson fan 😉

Quick extra need to know – while this oat cleansing balm is one of the best INKEY List products in my eyes, it sometimes suffers from separation in the tube. You know how olive oil floats on top of a balsamic olive oil dressing? That sometimes happens inside this balm tube and you get a liquidy squirty bit coming out before the balm. Just a tiny bit. It’s no biggy and you can just mix it in between your fingers before applying.

Still, I wanted you to know 🙂

The one for you if – you want a respecting cleanser that knows how to keep your skin super healthy and happy.

Buy it now. 


And that’s it my friend, the 5 best INKEY List products you need in your skincare routine right now. Which are you starting with? Will you come tell me in the comments below? And if you have a friend who would love some INKEY List help in their life right now, will you use that big green sharing button to help them out? You are the best.