The Inkey List is a brand new budget skincare brand on the block. When I shared how impressed I was with their Turmeric cream moisturiser, I also told you that I plan to have a very big overview post to come. I still plan to do so. But I also wanted to tell you about The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid, because I felt it noteworthy.
By now, most of us will be familiar with this skincare ingredient. But if you aren’t, hyaluronic acid is an ingredient which helps bind and hold moisture, which in skincare products, help hydrate and plump up the skin. Many skincare products these days contain this ingredient.
I am very big on maintaining skin hydration, so for me, a lotion or serum with hyaluronic acid is a must in my skincare routine. I’ve also shared my tip on how best to use a hyaluronic acid serum effectively.
Naturally therefore, I had to try The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid serum! 🙂
The first thing I’d note is that The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid serum comes in a 30ml size. The plastic bottle is very small, and very utilitarian. The cover has a press down flip-top mechanism which is fairly basic. No fancy glass bottles or droppers like that of The Ordinary.
The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid contains 2% hyaluronic acid of 3 different molecular weights, so it hydrates your skin at the different levels, depending on how far it can sink. This helps the product work more effectively on your skin.
In addition to just hyaluronic acid, The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid also contains Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-1, which are peptides that form Matrixyl 3000, an ingredient that aids with collagen production. What this means is that this hyaluronic acid is a little more than just your regular hyaluronic acid serum.
The texture is a clear, rather viscous lotion. Not unusual in a hyaluronic acid serum formula. I usually drop about 2-3 drops (The Inkey List recommends a pea-sized amount, and it is about that) into the palm of my hand, before applying to my skin.
The first thing I’d note is the formula and texture. Unlike The Ordinary 2% Hyaluronic Acid serum, I find that The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid serum does not feel sticky on the skin. With the former, I usually apply it, then pat it on for a while to help it absorb better.
With The Inkey List, I don’t have to do that. The product glides on my skin, sinks right in and there is no stickiness whatsoever! I like that. Saves me a step 😛 I also find that it mixes well with other products. I usually mix this with the Vitamin C serum, to make the texture more pleasant, and it works very well.
When using a hyaluronic acid serum, I always recommend using this tip. When you understand what a hyaluronic acid is supposed to do, i.e. attract and bind water and moisture, it makes sense 🙂
It is also quite easy to see how effective a hyaluronic acid serum is. If your skin stops feeling dry or dehydrated, your fine lines look less noticeable, skin looks more plumped, chances are, it’s working. I know of the odd person who has told me that their skin does not like hyaluronic acid, but I believe it is not common.
For me, this fits into my daytime skincare routine, because I feel that my skin needs to retain more moisture when it’s so hot outside. I sometimes use it as part of my evening routine as well, but it quite literally fits into any skincare routine, for any skin type.
It is actually quite basic, and that’s why I like it! The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid feels comfortable, and works without any bells and whistles. It keeps my skin nice and hydrated, and if the Matrixyl 3000 peptide is working to boost collagen production, then all the better! 😀 Sometimes, simple is good.
And affordable is even better! 😀
IN A NUTSHELL
The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid serum is a basic and simple to understand serum. Use this for all skin types in your day and night routine to combat dry and dehydrated skin. We all suffer from some form of dryness and/or dehydration, no matter the skin type. The formula is simple, and the texture is comfortable. It absorbs easily into skin with no greasiness or stickiness at all. It makes skin feel plumped and healthy and keeps dry spots at bay. I’m very happy with it!
HOW TO USE: Cleanse -> Acid Tone (Optional) -> Mist -> The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum -> Mist -> Moisturiser
PROS: Lightweight texture, Absorbs easily into skin with no greasiness or stickiness, Does a good job to keep skin hydrated, Very affordable
CONS: Packaging is rather utilitarian
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who appreciates a good, simple hyaluronic acid serum that just works!
PRICE: £4.99 for 30ml
This is the full ingredients list for The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid serum.
Water (Aqua / Eau), Propanediol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hyaluronic Acid, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Phenoxyethanol
The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid serum vs The Ordinary 2% Hyaluronic Acid + B5
I’ve used both and my preference lies with The Inkey List. While I like the packaging of The Ordinary, which looks far more luxurious than the price belies, I believe it is what is inside that counts and in this instance, The Inkey List wins. Accidents are also less likely with The Inkey List’s less than fancy packaging.
Both serums contain 2% hyaluronic acid. But the formula of The Inkey List is much more elegant. It feels more comfortable, and does not feel sticky. The Ordinary is thicker, more goopy and feels sticky till you pat it in.
Price-wise, The Ordinary is £1 more expensive than The Inkey List. Both are cheaper than chips 😛 I will also disclose that I have an axe to grind with The Ordinary for being unnecessarily complicated, and for the drama caused by their founder, and their inelegant formula of the products I have tried. For this reason, I no longer use, nor will I personally recommend any of their products – why should I when there are now options?! 😛
Are you intrigued by The Inkey List yet? What’s your favourite hyaluronic acid serum?
There are many brands that make hyaluronic acid serums. Some are expensive, some like this one, cheaper than chips. I think it’s great – we could all do with options! 😀