Saturday, 26 January 2019

The Inky List - for those of us without a degree in chemistry

A couple of years ago we saw The Ordinary range of serums, oils and acids skincare hit the beauty world like a kick up the backside that was well over due. And for all the dramas that later came with the founder, and recently his sad death, you cannot deny that The Ordinary was the David to the high end and complicated beauty world's Goliath. And so the door had been opened to allow us mere mortals into the scientific world of retinols, Acids, AHAs, BHAs and oils. And then in walked The Inky List to further banish the mystery and extortionate pricing around all of the lotions and potions.

Here is a range of less Harry Potter potions looking products. The packaging and tubes have clear and simple to understand directions on how and when to use and what the product is for. And all at really good price points.

After the initial release frenzy, I've dipped my toe in and am trying out the Vitamin C face serum.
The Inky List explains this Vitamin C serum better than I can:
A powerful antioxidant with a host of benefits, vitamin C is a skin care celebrity for a reason. Able to both prevent and correct signs of damage, Vitamin C Serum can help to reduce the impact of daily skin stressors, including pollution and sun exposure, which can lead to pigmentation, accelerated signs of ageing and dullness (no thanks!) As well as this, vitamin C works to actively brighten and even out skin tone, while also boosting collagen production to enhance skin’s plumpness and elasticity. Offering all of these benefits (without eye-watering cost or alienating jargon) THE INKEY LIST’s Vitamin C Serum stars 30% pure, L-Ascorbic Acid in a stable, waterless formulation for optimum results and low irritation. Add this into your regime and you can expect bright, even, protected, youthful-looking skin.

I've been using this in the morning.  You can use in the evening as well but I've been using Retinol (see below.) On first use there was a very slight tingling on my skin but that was only the first time I used it. The cream, although quite paste like, does sink in quickly and I apply moisturiser after.
I've been using a retinol product in my skincare routine for a year now and for my age, wouldn't not include it. I like the cream retinol that the Inky list have developed which I apply in the evenings only and then follow with my night cream of choice.  The Inky list describe their Retinol:
A derivative of vitamin A, retinol helps to promote skin renewal and enhance collagen production to keep skin looking youthful, working at a cellular level to promote renewal and repair processes so that newer cells reach the surface quicker. As we age, the rate at which our skin renews itself slows down (sob) so retinol can be a great way of kick-starting cells back into action. Providing the highest quality ingredients formulated by a crack team of scientists and experts, THE INKEY LIST’s answer to retinol is sublime in its simplicity, uniting 1% stable retinol and 0.5% granactive retinoid (slightly stronger than retinol) with squalane for hydration and soothing. The slow-release formula minimises irritation while providing effective active delivery, working hard to minimise fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone tackle blemishes and improve skin clarity, leaving your complexion looking brighter, smoother and miles more youthful.

I recently read an article that said the 3 most important (and only) skincare ingredients you need in your routine are vitamin c, retinol and a SPF.  These 3 products alone will combat signs of aging, pigmentation, dullness and if you start using a facial spf as early as you can, and not just on holiday, you will delay the aging of your skin.

There are very few products that will give you an instant result and certainly with both of these products, I know I need to be patient and in for the long haul before I start to see real improvement in my skin. But whilst I'm waiting for brighter, smoother, younger looking skin I am confident in the knowledge that these ingredients are really benefiting my skin.

The Inky List Retinol serum is £9.99 and the Vitamin C serum £7.99, both and more available from Cult Beauty.

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