the best the inkey list products

Move over, The Ordinary! There’s a new brand in town that delivers powerful actives for the price of a cup of coffee (or two).

Skincare fanatics, meet The Inkey List. If you’re on a budget – and you’re tired of all the drama at The Ordinary – The Inkey List will become your new BFF.

But what’s worth the little splurge? Here are, imo, the best The Inkey List products:

Best For Dry Skin: The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid (£4.99)

Hyaluronic acid is one of those ingredients that works for everyone. It attracts and binds to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water. It’s a great way to give dry skin that extra boost of moisture it badly craves and keep oily skin hydrated without adding more oil to it. The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid has a whooping 2% hyaluronic acid at different molecular weights to hydrate every layer of your skin. In winter, it’s a must!

Available at: Cult Beauty and Feel Unique

Related: Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine

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Best For Anti-Aging: The Inkey List Retinol Serum (£9.99)

If you’re serious about antiaging, you need some form of vitamin A in your skincare routine. Vitamin A is a multitasker that fights wrinkles on 3 fronts: it destroys free radicals, boosts collagen production and speeds up cellular turnover (the skin’s natural exfoliating process). The Inkey List Retinol Serum uses TWO forms of vitamin A: 1% stable, slow-release retinol + 0.5% hydroxypinacolone retinoate (a.k.a. granactive retinoid). FYI, brands will tell that granactive retinoid is more powerful than retinol. Maybe so, but for now the only studies showing this come from the manufacturer so take it with a pinch of salt. One more thing: this is NOT for newbies. If you’ve never used retinol before, start with a smaller concentration and work your way up slowly to avoid flaking, dryness and irritation.

Available at: Cult Beauty and Feel Unique

Related: What Strength Of Retinol Is Right For YOU?

Struggling to put together a skincare routine that minimises wrinkles, prevents premature aging, and gives your complexion a youthful glow? Download your FREE “Best Anti-Aging Skincare Routine” to get started (it features product recommendations + right application order):

The Inkey List Turmeric Moisturiser (£7.99)

If you’ve got dry, sensitive skin, The Inkey List Turmeric Moistruizer is made for you. It’s loaded with soothing ingredients like oats and turmeric that soothe irritations and calm down redness while fighting off free radicals. Plus, the rich coconut and squalane base keeps skin soft and smooth even in the harshest of weathers. Oily skin? Don’t be tempted. Coconut oil could give you pimples.

Available at: Cult Beauty and Feel Unique

Related: 9 Ingredients That Soothe Sensitive, Irritated Skin

The Inkey List Rosehip Oil (£6.99)

If I could use only one facial oil for the rest of my life, it’d be rosehip oil. For starters, it’s a natural source of vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals and boosts collagen. Plus, it’s high in Linoleic acid, a fatty acid with soothing and moisturizing properties. Like that’s not enough, linoleic acid helps treat acne. Acne sufferers have less linoleic acid than normal in their skin. Adding it back helps heal mini pimples. And at this price, The Inkey List Rosehip Oil is one of the most affordable on the market.

Available at: Cult Beauty and Feel Unique

Related: Why Rosehip Oil Is My Go-To For Every Skincare Woe

The Inkey List Lactic Acid Serum (£7.99)

The brand makes 3 exfoliants but I picked The Inkey List Lactic Acid Serum for two reasons. First off, few brands give you lactic acid alone. That sucks because sensitive skin needs to use it alone. Others acids may irritate it. The second reason? It doesn’t have irritants like citrus extracts. Phew! This gentle exfoliant dissolves the glue that hold skin cells together so they can slough off and hydrates skin to boot. Just what the doctor ordered for sensitive skin.

Available at: Cult Beauty and Feel Unique

Related: How To Choose The Best Exfoliator For YOUR Skin Type